The Hyde Park Herald also reports that at that same community meeting where Tim Samuelson spoke about the Blossom and McArthur Houses, Patrick Rosen (an architect and partner with Rosen Architecture) estimated that it might take between $2-2.5 million invested into each home to fully restore their interiors and exteriors. The homes have been at the center of controversy because billionaire Jennifer Pritzker wants to invest in the homes and turn them into bed and breakfasts. If she doesn't do it, the neighborhood might have trouble finding someone with pockets deep enough to invest in saving these treasures. Read more here.
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The Hyde Park Herald reports that at a recent Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, City of Chicago cultural historian, Tim Samuelson, recently shed some light on how Frank Lloyd Wright came to design the two side-by-side Blossom and McArthur houses in the Chicago neighborhood of Kenwood. Read more about it here.
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The Portage Daily Register recently published an article on the recently uncovered letters and photos associated with George Elgh and his experiences at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin (all encapsulated in the updated edition of Ron McCrea's Building Taliesin book). Read and see more here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog reports that the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl and Marie Albert House in Wind Point, Wisconsin will be saved. The house's condition put it at the center of a legal battle that could have potentially led to its demolition. Luckily, it seems like forward momentum with its repairs will (hopefully) secure its long-term future. Read more here.
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Looks like Sotheby's blinked. Several news outlets are reporting that the controversial Frank Lloyd Wright-designed three-legged chair and desk have been removed from Wednesday's "Important 20th Century Design" auction (due in large part to the lawsuit filed by SC Johnson on the grounds that the company owns the furniture). It will be interesting to see how this ultimately plays out...but I, for one, am glad that SC Johnson is defending its architectural heritage so strenuously. More here.
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According to this article on dnainfo.com, even though the November 18, 2013 4th ward meeting was an unfriendly affair, it seems like the efforts of Jennifer Pritzker to purchase, restore, and run two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago as side-by-side bed and breakfasts may not be as doomed as thought. Read more here.
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TheLedger.com reports that Commissioners vfor the city of Lakeland, Florida voted 5-2 on Monday to support Florida Southern College's request to rename McDonald Street to Frank Lloyd Wright Way. As evidenced by the photo at left, not everyone was pleased. Read the article here.
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It's all over the news that the SC Johnson Company is trying to legally halt the auctioning-off of some of its building's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture at the upcoming Sotheby's auction on December 18, 2013. Author and journalist, Mark Hertzberg was asked by the Journal Times in Racine to write a piece about the significance of this particular Wright furniture design. Read it at his blog, Wright in Racine.
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OakPark.com recently featured a beauty of a home designed by the Chicago School architects, Nimmons & Fellows. While not as well-known as Frank Lloyd Wright, these contemporaries could certainly design a nice Prairie Era pad. Read about it here. If you like it and have $2.2 million, it can be yours.
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Here's a link to a news item discussing Detroit-based Three Squared Inc.'s plans to build a 20-unit condominium development in Detroit using steel shipping containers as building blocks. Just so happens they've retained Eric Lloyd Wright & Associates, The Los Angeles-based firm run by Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson. Read more here.
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The 11-foot statue of the Madonna sculpted by the Iannelli Studios and which once stood above the main entry at the former Immaculata High School on Chicago’s North Side has finally made its way back to the Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, IL where it will be restored and displayed by the Kalo Foundation. Read and see more here.
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that one of a pair of rare bronze, brass and leaded glass chandelier that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the master bedroom of the Francis W. Little house in Peoria, IL was recently acquired by the St. Louis Art Museum for $825,000. It's a shame this piece had to leave the environment it was specifically designed for and at such a high price...it opens the door for other less preservation-minded owners to strip their houses bare to make a buck. Read more here.
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Chicagonow.com reports that the Auditorium Theatre of Chicago has named First Lady Michelle Obama as honorary chair and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule will serve as Honorary Co-chairs for their historic 125th Season. When the Adler & Sullivan building opened, it was hailed by many as "the eighth wonder of the world." If you have not visited this amazing building, then make plans during this special celebratory year. More here.
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Buffalorising.com reports that The Martin House Restoration Corporation has replaced one of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Martin House’s missing living room skylights with a reproduction by Oakbrook Esser Studios in Wisconsin. Sadly, the original window is being auctioned off at Sotheby's on the 18th of this month.
Who knows—maybe someone with deep pockets will buy it and donate it to the Martin House—where it belongs—and take a nice tax (W)right-off.
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The Chicago Art Deco Society recently announced that the Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted unanimously to grant preliminary landmark status to Nick's Uptown (aka the Cairo Supper Club and Hupmobile Showroom). The Commission heard an excellent presentation by Terry Tatum, the Director of Research of the Historic Preservation Division of the City of Chicago, as well as comments from Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago, Abby Sullivan from Alderman James Cappleman's office (who initially sought landmark status of the building), and CADS' Vice President and Preservation Chair Amy Keller. We look forward to monitoring the status of this beautiful Art Deco building. More about the building here.
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PrairieMod pal, Michael B. sends word that the power has been turned off yet again at the Telemark Lodge in Cable, WI. The resort was designed in 1972 by Taliesin apprentice Herb Fritz and has long been an integral part of the American Birkebeiner, an annual long-distance cross-country ski race. When restoration costs came back expensive, the power was shut off. It's not certain what the future holds for the building. Read more here.
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Continuing the theme of resistance to Wright-related development: The proposal for the first house based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright will recommended for refusal by the North Somerset Council’s north area planning committee because "The council fails to accept this house as outstanding or innovative, or that it reflects the highest standards in architecture - all criteria for allowing permission within the Green Belt." Wow...and you thought the Kenwood neighborhood residents were tough. If a Frank Lloyd Wright house design does not meet the standard for "outstanding" or "innovative", I'm not sure what would. Read more here.
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The Kenwood community's outright rejection of the efforts by Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises to purchase the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Blossom and McArthur houses, restore them, and then operate side-by-side bed & breakfasts makes no sense. Tourism is big business (just ask Mason City, Iowa and Oak Park, Illinois). It makes one wonder if it's just ignorance, or if prejudice might also be part of the equation. Either way, a golden opportunity to save two of the neighborhood's most significant architectural treasures is being wasted. Read more here.
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Zachary M. sends a link to the news that the Bruce Goff-designed Hopewell Church in northwest Oklahoma County received a $50,000 anonymous donation (and matching $50,000 loan) to help save the deteriorating building. Read more about it here.
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Apparently, the news that Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie purchasing heart-shaped petra Island (along with its Frank Lloyd Wright-associated homes) for her main squeeze, Brad Pitt, was too good to be true. The daughter of the island's current owner refutes the news of the Jolie purchase and says its all hokum. Read more here.
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Patrick Steffes of the website, Forgotten Chicago, sent a heads-up on their newest article, which features one of the least-known modernist architects in Chicago history, James F. Eppenstein. Eppenstein had a relatively brief career from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s, but left behind a remarkable body of work. Forgotten Chicago’s article on Eppenstein covers his remodeling of Hyde Park’s Shoreland Hotel, recently reimagined by Studio Gang; a modest bar at the famed LaSalle Hotel that was the start of one of the worst fires in Chicago history; and the unique Electroliner interurban train which ran from Chicago to Milwaukee until 1963. More information on Eppenstein’s amazing career may be found at the Forgotten Chicago website.
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The mirror.co.uk reports that Angelina Jolie has apparently bought her architecture-loving hubby, Brad Pitt, heart shaped Petra island for his 50th birthday. The island also happens to be home to the Wright-designed Chahroudi cottage and the not-exactly-Wright Massaro House. Read more here.
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You gotta love Mason City, Iowa—the people there really get how important historic preservation is. Case in point: The community is committed to moving the Egloff House, a rare example of International Style architecture that was damaged in the flood of 2008. The home is slated to be moved to the city's "cultural crescent" which is about half-way between the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Historic Park Inn and the Stockman House. Read more about it here.
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There's an effort underway to rebuild the Banff National Park Pavilion (1911), one of the only two designs built Frank Lloyd Wright designs in Canada. The building was destroyed after extensive flood and frost damage in 1939, but two Canadian architects and a Florida filmmaker are hoping to bring it back to life. Read more about it and watch a video here.
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Jennifer Pritzker's plan to purchase the side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright-designed McArthur and Blossom Houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago and turn them into bed-and-breakfasts was effectively killed in a recent public meeting thanks to opposition by neighborhood residents. Read more here.
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PrairieMod pal, Michael Bridgeman sends word that MCM architect Helmut Ajango has died in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Born in Estonia, Ajango earned an architectural engineering degree from the University of Illinois. His most visible work was probably the futuristic, Gobbler Restaurant on I-94 near Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, which has been vacant for several years. See more of Ajango's work here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the Star Tribune's handsome building on Portland Avenue...which city staff is recommending that the historic preservation commission sign-off on its demolition to make way for a park. One caveat: they have to save the building's stone medallions. Read more here.
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The Sun News offers up and article with tips and inspiration for gardners to help tackle their landscaping the (w)right way from the experts at Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate. They should know--they restored Wright's original vision for the landscaping plan this last year. Read more here.
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Chicago is still grumbling about the recent ruling by the Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (which is the final say on global building heights) that New York's WTC building is the new tallest building in America, usurping the title from the Willis (or Sears) Tower. Read more here.
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When the Frank Lloyd Wright archives were recently moved from Scottsdale, AZ to MoMA and the Avery Library in New York City, it unsettled quite a few people. The Arizona Republic apparently dug into the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's financials to see what such a transfer of archival materials was worth. Read more about this story here.
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Jeffrey Rapp sends a link to an article about the Mid-Century Modern gems that can be found in the Longfellow Neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN, including the Ray and Kay Price House designed by Ralph Rapson. Read it here.
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Jeffery Rapp sends a link to an article posted on MinnPost.com about one architecture geek's search for Wright gems in the Twin Cities metro area. Read it here.
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