The Arizona Republic reports that the Camelback East Village Planning Committee recently recommended an amendment to the Phoenix Planning Commission to add a provision to its zoning ordinance that would allow for the David and Gladys Wright House in east Phoenix to be open to public tours. Read more about it here.
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Here's a link to an interview with author and 100-year-old former cook at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Elsie Henderson. Read it here.
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The new book, Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design is out in stores and ready to become a treasured holiday gift. But why did it take a decade to come to life? Author and owner of the ArchiTech Gallery, David Jameson, provides the compelling behind the scenes story to how this must-have book came to be. Read it here.
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Zachary M. sends a link to a story in the Tulsa World about Josh Barrett, the new owner of the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building, and his commitment to bringing the once proud building back to life (and productive use). Read more, peruse tons of photos of the work ahead of Barrett, and watch a video of the building here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that billionaire developer (and Wright home collector) Jennifer Pritzker has plans to demolish a house at 7331 N. Sheridan Road in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago and replace it with a four-story parking garage in an effort to serve visitors to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House currently under restoration. Neighborhood activists, as you guessed, are not pleased. Read more by going here and then clicking the link.
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The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture is working with the Oklahoma City University School of Law to raise the funds necessary to conserve and protect two large Olinka Hrdy murals located in the historic Central High School building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Hrdy is seen as Oklahoma's first modern artist,and has connections to Bruce Goff and Alfonso Iannelli (Olinka Hrdy painted murals for Bruce Goff's Riverside Studio in Tulsa). Not many of Olinka's murals survive, and these particular murals are in need of immediate appraisal, repair, and protection.
The initial estimate for the restoration is $50,000. Following restoration the murals will be open for public viewing along with a rotating collection in the building's art gallery.
The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture is accepting donations to aid Oklahoma City University in restoring and preserving this irreplaceable part of Oklahoma history. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at the foundation's website here. Please help save these rare works of Modernism!
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The current owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dobkins House (1953) in Canton, OH were recently featured on cantonrep.com where the explain how they came to own the home and the work it's taken to keep it "Wright." A Usonian could not ask for better stewards. Read more about their commitment to this wonderful work of architecture here.
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The Arizona Republic reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is working to find a way to maintain an 80-year tradition of training architects in the face of mounting pressure to meet education standards. Altough the school has suspended new student enrollments for Fall 2013, the Foundation is looking at ways to create a school that offers a Master of Architecture in combination with a new residential-research program for architecture professionals. Read more here.
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The Arizona Republic reports that The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has suspended student admissions for the fall as The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation considers option for its future. In place of fall admissions, the school is offering the Taliesin West Immersion Program in the fall. The $4,000, eight-week program will offer students six credits and starts Oct. 17, with an application deadline of Sept. 25. Read more info here.
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Mark H. sends a link to the news that the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood, IL, built in the early 1960s and once the place where the famous (and infamous) stayed, will be torn down today to make way for something new...and less purple. Read more here.
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation blog recently featured a post on the American dream embodied in the Lustron prefabricated steel home. Although promised to be the answer to low-cost post war housing, it's estimated that only 1500 of these homes survive today. Read more about the people trying to preserve this piece of architectural Americana here.
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The SunHerald.com reports that The city of Ocean Springs, Mississippi recently received a $194,000 grant from Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims that will help the Ocean Springs History Museum achieve accreditation and associate it with the newly restored Charnley House (attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright during his Adler & Sullivan days) on East Beach. Read more here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to a Curbed Miami post about the continuing threat facing the Alfred Browning Parker-designed Landon Residence (c. 1965) in Coral Gables, FL. Seems its current owners are suing for $7 million in damages and the right to demolish the home. Read more about this convoluted story of greed and property rights here.
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Apparently Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has reservations about living in the Prime Minister's Official Residence because he believes it's haunted. The 1929 two-storied mansion was designed by Muraji Shimomoto (and heavily influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel) and was the scene of a couple of bloody coup attempts in its history. Read more about this haunting architectural tale here.
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