The Columbus Journal reports that about 40 descendants of one of the founders of the Louis Sullivan-designed Farmers and Merchants Union Bank in Columbus, WI recently visited the "jewel box" bank (many for the first time) as part of a family reunion. Read more about it here.
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The Las Cruces Bulletin provides a two-part article on the architecture of the El Paso architectural firm of Trost & Trost, who designed most of the notable buildings in the American southwest in the beginning of the 20th century. Henry C. Trost was strongly influenced by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, which can be seen in some of the designs at left from submissions to the Chicago Architectural Club. Read more about the work of Trost & Trost here.
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Yesterday was Frank Lloyd Wright's 149th birthday, and as a special announcement for the occasion, MoMA unveiled their plans for celebrating Wright's 150th next year. To mark the sesquicentennial of the Architect's birth, MoMA will be hosting a massive exhibition dedicated to the architect called "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive." Read more and watch an awesome video on restoring Wright's St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery model here.
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I've been in the "Wright World" for 10+ years as co-founder of PrairieMod and former licensee of the FLW Foundation—but I've never heard people who are die-hard Frank Lloyd Wright fans describe themselves as "Frankensteins". Read more.
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Curbed.com took a deeper dive into the forthcoming Seth Peterson Cottage documentary that is ready for release late this month. The film shines a light on an obscure part of Wright’s final chapter that is sure to be fascinating.
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The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that a new 10-acre lodge and cotton gin expansion will be added to the The Windmill Winery in Florence, AZ and will be designed by Swaback Partners of Scottsdale. As noted in the article, Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Vern Swaback also designed the town of Florence’s Territory Square master plan for the south side of the Gila River. Read more about the project here.
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Fundraising is still underway to move the 1935 William Wesley Peters-designed Peters-Margedant House in Evansville, IN. The University of Evansville and historic preservation groups are trying to raise the remaining $40,000 to move the home to the University of Evansville campus where it will be restored. Read and watch more here.
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The Journal Sentinel features and interview with and a look at the Usonian life of Joshua Drew, who owns the Edgar Tafel-designed Louis H. and Marie Hamilton House in Racine, WI. Read it here. If you want to get a look at this remarkable home for yourself, then get your tickets for the Wright & Like 2016 Racine — Sixty Years of Organic Architecture tour here!
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SWNews4U reports that Preservation architects from Isthmus Architecture, Inc. were in Richland Center sampling and photographing the concrete, brick, and grout on the exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed A.D. German Warehouse. The efforts were done to determine condition and gather information so that the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. (ADGWC) can work with them to prepare grant proposals and complete restoration plans. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and Curbed Chicago send word that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Louis B. Frederick House (1958) in Barrington Hills, IL has found a buyer after only 3 days on the market. Read more about it here.
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The LA Times features U2 guitarist The Edge's decade-long effort to build a multi-structure estate on a pristine hilltop in Malibu, CA. After much resistance from the Coastal Commission, it seems The Edge is about to get permission to build 5 houses designed by Taliesin-trained architect, Wallace Cunningham, on the stunning site ranging in size from 7,000 to 12,000 sq. feet. Read and see more here.
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As reported by Iohud.com, people have a chance on June 4, 2016 to get a look at the Massaro House on Petra Island in New York, which was based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright (and the center of controversy and rumor over the years). Tickets are $100 per person and include boat transportation to the historic house. Proceeds benefit Center for Safety & Change. For tickets and information contact Irene Tsetsekos at (845) 634-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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No, the idyllic California county is not in trouble--they recently were the recipients of the re-built Frank Lloyd Wright-designed dog house that was originally created for young Jim Berger (whose parents commissioned the Berger House). Read more here.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports that Arizona State University will not be taking possession of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed David and Gladys Wright House. As stated in the article, ASU spokesman Mark Johnson stated: “ASU is grateful to all the parties involved in the discussions regarding this architectural and cultural treasure. While ASU is not positioned to assume responsibility for ownership or operations, we are certain the necessary steps will be taken to preserve the David Wright House for future architects and visitors alike to enjoy.” Read more here.
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Skyscrapers are ubiquitous these days. But few take the time to consider the history behind the human endeavor to build tall. If you're curious about the back story to our efforts to scrape the sky, then check out this short history.
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Now in the Features section: A special lead-up to its return to the upcoming 2016 Wright Plus Housewalk, a look at the stunning and "green" restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Harry and Louisa Goodrich House. Read it here.
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The Wichita Eagle spotlights its other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building: The Corbin Education Center at Wichita State University. Although designed by Wright in 1957, it wasn't completed until after his passing in 1964. See several images and find out a little more about the building here.
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Fox10 reports that Arizona State University is close to reaching its fundraising goal of raising $9.2 million to make the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Gammage Memorial Auditorium more ADA accessible and add much needed restroom facilities. The changes will be done in a way to preserve the original Wright design. Read and see more here.
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SC Johnson recently announced that it will open its tour season beginning May 6, 2016 with a new exhibit, "Building Relationships: Wright, Johnson and the SC Johnson Campus," showcasing rare Frank Lloyd Wright artifacts and furniture, and art inspired by his designs. Mark Hertzberg was recently on-hand to photograph the exhibit and posts his wonderful photos to Wright in Racine. Check them out here and read more about the exhibit here.
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There's likely going to be a lot of buzz on the news wires in the next couple of days about Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop. This MCM remodeled space by Wright is not only Gwyneth Paltrow's newest Goop pop-up store, but the building's interior of the only is on its way to achieving landmark status, thanks to a unanimous recent vote by the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission. Read more here.
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The Guardian's story of Cities series recently featured Arcosanti, Paulo Soleri's unfinished vision for sustainable city living. The decades-old assemblage of 1970s era structures out in the Arizona desert is an experiment still in the making and one that may hold ideas for how cities of the future can survive the increasing pressures of a changing climate. Read more here.
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Curbed.com shares a first-look at the efforts of the U-Haul company to restore a rare 1940s sculptural ceiling design by Isamu Noguchi in one of their St. Louis locations. The organic design was rediscovered under a drop ceiling and a six month effort to restore it is showing wonderful results. Check out more about it here.
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The website, Quartz, reports on the protest by activists who project shame statements onto the facade of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York. the light show was done to bring awareness to the Guggenheim’s board of trustee’s recent decision to end talks with Gulf Labor Coalition, an organization campaigning for migrant workers’ rights in Abu Dhabi. Read more about it here.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand, Goop, will be taking over Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop as a pop-up store. Read more about it here. If any PrairieMod readers are in the area, stop by and send some pics for the rest of us.
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The Norman Transcript features an article on the confirmed total loss of Bruce Goff's Bavinger House. Even though the iconic work of Organic Architecture had been severely damaged, hope had remained that someday it could be restored. Now, with the site bulldozed, that hope is gone. Read more about this terrible loss here.
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Crain's reports that Louis Sullivan's iconic Carson Pirie Scott & Co. store (now called Sullivan Center with a Target store embedded in it) at 1 S. State Street in the Loop has found a buyer in New York-based Madison Capital, which confirmed that it will buy the 946,000-square-foot office and retail building in a deal that is said to total $267 million. Read more about it here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports on 80-year-old Patricia Harris's recent visit to her grandparent's home, which happens to be the Frank J. Baker House (1909) in Wilmette, IL. Harris was able to finally visit her family's home thanks to Wish of a Lifetime, a charity that grants wishes to seniors. Read more about it here.
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According to a recent Curbed article, the reports of MoMA's closing of its architecture and design galleries was misconstrued and overblown. As stated in the Curbed article: Martino Stierli, the museum’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design says that assertion is "absolutely not true." Stierli says that the museum is pursuing a "both/and" strategy for the redesign, which will include both medium-dedicated galleries and comprehensive, multi-disciplinary spaces. The final design, which is still years away, is still being planned, and "the abolishing of architecture and design-designated galleries is not and has never been an issue under consideration." Read more about it here.
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Now in the Features section: A special lead-up to its return to the Wright Plus Housewalk after almost four decades, a look at an exciting restoration project at Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission, the William H. Winslow House. Read it here.
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Phil Bernstein writes a touching editorial for The Charlotte Observer in which he reflects on losing his parents and his childhood home, The Mark and Louis Bernstein House, designed in 1970 by his Taliesin-trained uncle, Lawrence Allen Bernstein. The house was torn down this month after attempts to sell it failed. Read Phil's tribute here; scroll a little more than halfway down to see photos of the home (and the aftermath) here; and learn more about the architect here.
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Curbed shines a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's 1957 unbuilt (but very futuristic) design that was proposed for the Arizona state capitol. Read more about it here.
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Wallpaper.com spotlights the news that the R.M. Schindler-designed Van Dekker House (1939) in Los Angeles, which has been restored to its original glory by its current owner, Frank Gamwell, CEO of PCM, has received the Los Angeles Conservancy's 2016 Preservation Award. Read and see more here.
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