Mark H. sends a link to a New York Times article highlighting Phoenix's historic preservation officer, Michelle Dodds, and her efforts to save Phoenix's historic architecture, which she has outlined in a plan called PreserveHistoricPHX that will be presented to the Phoenix City Council next month. Read more about it here.
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Here's a link to an article on the house that architect Lawrence A. Fournier designed and built in 1910 that melds Arts and Crafts with Prairie elements and became one of the first homes built in North Minneapolis. Read more here.
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The current owner of the David & Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, AZ saved the day when he purchased the home from developers who were eager to demolish it. His plans since have involved much needed restoration work and preparing the grounds for a grander use as a public site. Unfortunately, this has some of the neighbors up in arms and vowing to fight the zoning changes. Read more about it and watch a video here.
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The New York Times reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in will attempt to raise $2 million before the end of 2015 to secure its long-term future as an independent organization, apart from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. This comes after the public kerfuffle over the school's loss of accreditation in 2017 and path towards dissolution. Read more about it here.
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The Charleston Gazette reports that the silver lining to the vandalism of the intriguing "Top-O-Rock" house (designed by architect Henry Elden in 1968) is a renewed interest in capturing the oral history on the home and its architect and sparking a design competition that envisions the future use of for the house and its property in West Virginia. Read more about it here.
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Chicagobusiness.com features an article on architect Chris Enck's recent purchase and subsequent moving of the 1928 a John S. Van Bergen-designed Irving Residence—formally of Wilmette, IL. The action saved the home from demolition and the move will allow another town to benefit from having an important work of Prairie architecture added to it. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walker House in Carmel, CA has a new neighbor: An attractive new public restroom that strives to be aesthetically suitable for its seaside location and architectural cousin. Read more here.
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Andrew B. sends a link to an article in The New York Times about a historian who has uncovered the remains of an Arts & Crafts era Rookwood tile covered balcony boutique and stairway in Lord & Taylor’s Manhattan flagship store. Read more about it here.
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Nelson B. also sends a link to an article on the efforts by Mark Sanders to restore Bruce Goff's McGregor House in Tulsa, OK. Mark learned of the home's pedigree originally in the Friends of Kebyar's Bruce Goff Oklahoma Guide. Learn more and become a member to the Bruce Goff organization here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to an article in Architect Magazine that probes the soul searching questions around the current Herculean task of developing (and then implementing) a comprehensive restoration master plan for Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Follow the link to read more about the challenges in what current FLlW Foundation president and CEO Sean Malone calls the effort to ..."nurture that ephemeral feeling without having an ephemeral reality.”
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The Louis Sullivan-designed Chicago Auditorium officially opened 125 years ago today on December 9, 1889. In honor of Chicago's oldest theater and what was billed as "the eighth wonder of the world" when it opened, I dug up and scanned a period hand colored Magic Lantern glass slide of the Auditorium Building from my archival materials. Read about the celebratory events planned for the anniversary here.
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PrairieMod reader Anthony T. sends a May 18, 1938 Pioneer Press newspaper article (including photo) about a Frank Lloyd Wright visit and lecture in St. Paul, MN (Malcolm Willey introduced him). Anthony goes on to say that the school that Wright spoke at (Summit School) still exists at the same address and the St. Paul Union Station depot (which Wright actually compliments) was recently restored and reopened. Thanks for sending Anthony! Click on the image to read the whole article.
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) held its 2014 Awards Gala on November 8, 2014 at The Fortnightly of Chicago. The theme was "A Foundation for Preservation", honoring the work of early initiators and continuing supporters of preservation work in Chicago. The gala’s nearly 200 attendees included architectural historians, architects, preservationists, and others from the Chicago architecture community. The event raised over $45,000 to support the educational mission of SAH and the ongoing restoration of SAH’s landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, which suffered flood damage in August. More after the jump...
The LA Times reports that the John Lautner-designed Bob and Dolores Hope estate in Palm Springs, CA has been price-chopped to $24.999 million, less than half of the $50 million original asking price. Read more here.
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Hyperallergic.com reports that at its December 9, 2014 public meeting the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) plans to expunge 96 locations from its landmark status consideration for the sake of streamlining the agency's process. The concern is that this action leaves these sites with little to no protection in the meantime (and we've learned that high-profile NYC sites like the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hoffman Auto Show Room can be demolished). Read more here.
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The six finalists and their designs for the new Guggenheim Helsinki have been announced. While the competition to design this high profile work of architecture drew thousands of competitive designs from around the world, the six that were chosen leave me saying: "Meh." Let's just say the flagship New York City museum doesn't have to worry about being upstaged. Read and see more here.
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Mark H. sends a link from the New York TImes which analyzes how New York's World Trade Center Transportation Hub and its Santiago Calatrava-designed winged “Oculus” pavilion are nearing the $4 billion mark for cost. See some interesting video of it being built and read more about it here.
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Tristatehomepage.com reports that the William Wesley Peters-designed Peters-Margedant House in Evansville, IN has been purchased by Indiana Landmarks and efforts are underway to move the prototype Usonian house moved to the University of Evansville campus by late next year. Read more here.
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Zachary Matthews sends some fantastic photos of the newly-restored Bruce Goff-designed Sooner Play Park Tower in Bartlesville, OK. The grand reopening of the tower was on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, where local residents who attended the original tower opening in 1964 were invited to be the first to climb the restored tower. A brave adventure in the days 25mph wind gusts.
As part of their series called "Home Tour," WCPO contributor Brent Coleman was given the chance to tour and photograph the rarely seen Frank Lloyd Wright-designed William P. Boswell House in Indian Hill, OH. The catch? You have to be a subscriber to see and read it. If you don't want to take the bait and sign up, then check out photos from when the house was last on the market here and here.
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Students and faculty from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture recently completed the design of a group of homes that are planned for Cahava Springs, a 982-acre master planned preserve community in the Town of Cave Creek, AZ. Read more here and here.
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Nelson B. also sends word that the Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (1927) in Los Angeles, CA, built of concrete blocks and looking like a wonderful ancient temple, has come back to the market for $1.9 million. Read more here.
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The artnewspaper.com reports that the task of putting the disassembled Frank Lloyd Wight-design Bachman Wilson House (formally of New Jersey) back together again in its new Arkansas home begins later this month. Finding the right spot on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum proved almost as big of a challenge. Find out more here.
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Although the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl Albert House near Racine, WI has been given a demolition reprieve, restoration work has apparently slowed, raising the ire of neighbors and the judge on the case. According to the Journal Times, if the remaining rehab work isn’t completed by Feb. 6, 2015 the judge said she could begin assessing fines. Read more about it here and see more recent photos of the house on Wright in Racine.
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Hyperallergic.com features a look at the various pieces associated with Italian architect Paolo Soleri's desert experimental utopia, Arcosanti, that are on display in the new show The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore. Read it here.
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The SunHerald.com features the history and challenges of rebuilding/restoring the Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Norwood House in Ocean Springs, MS. Read it and see a gallery of photos here.
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The Capital Times reports that Ron McCrea, author of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright as part of a C-SPAN "Cities Tour" segment about Madison set to air this Saturday at 11am. Read more here.
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Architecture Arts Hub reports on another interesting merger of architecture and technology: Italian 3D printing company World Advanced Saving Project or "WASP" (which is no coincidence since they were inspired by the mud dauber wasp) has developed a 3D printer that builds houses using only materials found on-site, like mud. Whether or not the process or the materials are practical, it remains an intriguing possibility for how we build in the 21st century. Read more about it here.
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Wright in Racine reports that after almost two years of legal wrangling, the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl and Marie Albert House in Racine, WI has been officially saved from the threat of demolition. Read more about it here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that Organizers released more details about next October's Chicago Architectural Biennial, the first of its kind in North America and counterbalance to the international version in Venice. The theme of the 2015 Chicago event will be "The State of the Art of Architecture," named after Stanley Tigerman's 1977 conference. Read more about the event here and visit its official website here.
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Reine Hauser sends word that Edythe "Kitty" Turgeon, the preservationist credited with saving the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY and helping to designate National Historic Landmark status passed away Monday in Buffalo, NY at the age of 81. Read more about her life and preservation work here.
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Jeanette Fields, one of the pillars of Chicago-area architectural preservation, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 2, 2014 at the age of 94. Jeanette was the first executive director of the Chicago Architectural Foundation in 1970 and the director of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue in Chicago. She and her husband, Ellis, purchased the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Davenport House in River Forest and became long-time stewards of the home and became integral to the architectural community of Oak Park/River Forest. You can read more on Jeanette's life and important work here and here.
A memorial service will be held this coming Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7 pm at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Please join all of us and her family, and bring a "Jeanette Moment" to share.
Also, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will dedicate their concert this Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Jeanette - "American Originals" - Gershwin, Ives, Barber, Copland and Weill - by the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players, also at 7 pm at Unity Temple. Details here.
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Crains Chicago Business reports that after developer Garrett Kelleher failed to make a $22 million dollar payment on the property where the Santiago Calatrava Chicago Spire was to be built, it was taken over by Related Midwest LLC. This effectively kills any dream of building the spiraling tower.
The building site's new owner does pledge to create "an architecturally significant and thoughtful development befitting this premier location," so perhaps there's hope for something architecturally worthwhile yet. Read more here and here.
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The Western Daily Press reports that the battle to build what was billed as "the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in the UK" has hit a roadblock that it may not be able to overcome. The North Somerset Council has rejected the plans, reinforcing its policy of no green belt development, and planning inspector Edward Gerry has agreed with the council and dismissed the builder's appeal. Read more here.
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Paul R. shares links to an article in the Regina Leader-Post about Usonia Homes Inc., a custom home builder in Canada that is using the ideas expressed by Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian residences as inspiration for a new generation of homes that blend "classic designs with ultra-modern building techniques." Read more here.
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