Nelson also sends word that the Vancouver home of famed Canadian Modern architect, Arthur Erickson, is in danger of being lost if the Foundation that carries his name cannot come up with the money to cover extensive debts incurred at the end of the architect's life. Read more about it here.
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Architectural Record recently featured an article by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archive Director, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer about his memories of the "Fir Tree House," a relatively little-known Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Friedman Residence (1948) in Pecos, NM. Accompanying the article is a tremendous slide show of stunning photos showcasing this unique home. Read and see more here.
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The globegazette.com reports that three original art glass windows from the Louis H. Sullivan-designed Henry Adams Building in Algona, IA (1913) are being returned to it after 30 years of separation. It's all part of the ongoing restoration efforts for the building , which now serves as the Algona Chamber of Commerce. Read more here.
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The Chicago Architecture Blog discovered that a demolition permit has been issued for the Bertrand Goldberg-designed Prentice Womens Hospital. The earliest Northwestern University could begin the destruction of this Modernist work would be March 28, 2013. It's a sad and wasteful end to this story. Read more here.
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AZCentral.com reports that the Phoenix City Council has approved a plan to preserve seven Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings throughout the city. The plan will include outreach to owners of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings and assistance in the long-term preservation of those properties. Read more about this important preservation initiative here.
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Two recent articles discuss “Jakuchū’s Here" a traveling exhibit that will come to museums in the three Japanese towns worst affected by the triple disaster of March 2011. The exhibit is the brainchild of collectors and Bruce Goff clients, Joe and Etsuko Price, and it features their extensive collection of Edo period art. Read more (including Joe's experiences with another famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright) here and here.
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Sometimes nothing but an original will do. Case in point: When Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner wanted a very specific mid-century feel for the latest season's campaign, he went straight to the source: British illustrator Brian Sanders, 75, whose prolific career spans 50+ years. Read more about Sander's "Mad Men' project in this New York Times interview.
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The New York Times reports that Italian architect Paolo Bulletti has been discussing the possibility of transporting the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House (1954) from its current flood-prone site in New Jersey to the hills of Fiesole, near Florence, Italy. It may not be as far-fetched as it sounds, if a buyer with the money to move the Usonian can be found. Read more here.
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Patrick Steffes at the blog Forgotten Chicago has posted the third article in their Shoreline Motel series, this time focusing in-depth on motels in Chicago's central area. Initially seen as a more modern and convenient alternative to Chicago’s rapidly aging hotels, these brand-new and sometimes architecturally distinctive properties in the central area were all built in the 1950s and 1960s, and are now mostly forgotten. Utilizing FC’s exclusive database of more than 9,000 images, articles and catalogued ephemera, this article includes rare and unexpected images, many not seen in decades. Check out more here.
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Unfortunate news reaches us that the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Landmarks Illinois have moved for a voluntary dismissal of their complaint against tearing down Prentice Women's Hospital in Cook County Circuit Court, signaling the end of their legal challenge against the City of Chicago and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Northwestern University dug in their heels and shamefully played the ultimatum game until they got their way. Sometimes greed and ignorance wins—but as this extremely insightful blog post by Lynn Becker points out, there is something valuable to be learned from the ultimately failed effort to save Prentice. Read more here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College has been in the news quite a bit lately. First it was the news that six little "Wright-ish" structures were going to be built for the massive colony of feral cats that live in and around campus. Now, The Ledger reports that the college broke ground on the new Bill and Mary Ann Becker Business Building designed by the dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Robert A.M. Stern. Read more here.
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The Marin Independent Journal reports that the Marin Civic Center officials will illuminate the administration building's 200-foot golden spire Friday evening as part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary. Anybody in the area able to get a photograph of what is sure to be a stunning sight? Read more here.
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Bill S. sends word that that Florida Southern College plans to build six small structures inspired by the campus' Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings...for their population of about 100 feral cats. Why don't they just let the cats live in the half-finished Usonian visitors center instead? Read more here.
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