Curbed.com recently ran through three famous examples of artists/architects and their signature colors. Of course, Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic "Cherokee Red" was included in that list. Of course, "red" seems like a relative term based on the hexadecimal color formula provided in the article--it's shown as more of a shade of brownish red. Apparently the color is as mercurial as the architect himself. Read more here.
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The Oregonian recently featured a 260 sqft modern RV from Escape Homes that is touting Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School design inspiration. While the $65,400 cedar-sided travel-ready tiny home is better than most RVs and has certain Prairie-ish exterior visual touches, overall it's just not quite "Wright." Read and see more here.
If you want to see how mobile homes can really be Wright, find a copy of the 1970 publication Production Dwellings: An Opportunity for Excellence by Vernon D. Swaback and the Taliesin Associated Architects.
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John C. shares a link to a Curbed Chicago post that features a map of the Chicago Transit Authority's Rail System imagined as if Frank Lloyd Wright might have applied his Prairie School flare to it. The map was created by British cartographer Maxwell Roberts and recently unveiled by author and historian Mark Ovenden. Read more about it here.
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Paul Fanland of The Capital Times puts forward the opinion that it's time to rethink the Alliant Energy Center campus in Madison, WI—which would mean replacing the distinctive MCM Veterans Memorial Coliseum (1967). It would be a real shame, in my opinion, to destroy this wonderful Mod building for the sake of "progress"...you'd think they could find a solution that could modernize the campus and keep such a distinctive work of architecture. Read more here.
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Richland Center, Wisconsin, the Midwest gem notable for being the birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright has more architectural facets to enjoy. Aside from the Wright connection, the town has saved the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed warehouse ever built, Modernist homes by students and contemporaries of Wright, and a wonderfully intact 19th century downtown. You can learn more about the town's architectural and historical sites here. Then read more about Richland Center (and 29 other architecturally impressive small towns) here.
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Just in time for the holiday, Curbed National provides a link list to all of their architectural "longreads" to help you pass the time waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Pass the time here and Happy Thanksgiving!
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After being closed to the public for some time, The Chicago Tribune reports that the $34 million dollar re-imagining of the Milwaukee Art Museum's gallery spaces (stated to be one of the most ambitious in decades for an American museum) is almost completed. Along with enjoying the Calatrava-designed pavilion, there are now more than 1,000 more artworks on display than before, thanks to the remodel of the galleries. Read more here.
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The Herald-Whig reports that two homes designed by Quincy, IL architect Ernest M. Wood have been recommended for landmark status. The homes are the Anna Bader Kespohl House at 1632 York and the J. Russell Williams House at 2003 Jersey, both in Quincy, IL. Wood's office and studio in Quincy is an example of how the contemporary Prairie style influenced his work. Read more here.
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John L. Dorman of the New York Times takes an architectural pilgrimage through Oak Park, IL to see the remarkable collection of Wright buildings that grace the leafy village west of Chicago. Read more about it here.
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Tulsa World reports that the Tulsa Historical Society will launch a new iPad app that explores the city’s iconic Art Deco architecture and extensive collection of public art. The new app coincides with the Tulsa Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “Designing Tulsa: Oil Capital Architects.” Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article by Blair Kamin in the Chicago Tribune about the Chicago Plan Commission's recent approval of the proposed Wanda Vista Tower designed by Jeanne Gang for the Lakeshore East area in downtown Chicago. At 1,186 feet, the skyscraper would be the city's 3rd tallest building, if constructed. Read more here.
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Paul R. sends word and a link that the George Millard House in Highland Park, IL (which has languished on the market, endured numerous price cuts, and recently had its owners apply for a demolition permit) is under contract and will hopefully avoid any more drama. I have yet to hear, though, if the demolition permit request has been rescinded. Read more here.
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Blair Kamin and Robert Channick at the Chicago Tribune report on the newly-released concept for the rebooted Apple store near the river and at the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Possibly inspired by local architectural heritage, the store design has been rethought less of a glass cube and more sleek Prairie School instead. Read and see more here.
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DavidC posts a link on Wright Chat to the Lawrence Modern website and an article (with images) of a sweet 1951 Usonian house, designed by The University of Kansas architecture department chair and former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, George M. Beal. Read and see more here.
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James S. reminds us that yesterday was one of the critical votes for landmark designation and public access for the David and Gladys Wright House in Arcadia, AZ. Luckily, The Arizona Republic reports that after hours of local supporters voicing support, the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission voted to recommend the David Wright House be listed as a historic landmark. The commission voted 7-2 to designate 6 acres surrounding the home as significant, more than what the city's historic preservation staff recommended for the land. This is only the first hurdle in the process, with the the City Council has the final say on both requests. Read more about it here. In the meantime, disgruntled neighbors are fighting to undermine the recent parking deal struck between the home's owner and nearby Great Hearts Veritas School. Read more about it here.
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Here's a link to an article in the Star Tribune that discusses Architectural historian Larry Millett's latest book, Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury, and sheds some light on MC Modernism in the state and how it shaped the Twin Cities we know today. More here.
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The Arizona Daily Star reports on the newly released Taliesin West Restoration Master Plan and the challenges faced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to raise the millions needed to restore and maintain Wright's desert camp home and studio. In fact, they are still trying to raise $300,000 to meet this year's $2.5 million restoration budget. More here.
Similarly, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is fighting for its life and needs to raise approximately $700,000 before the end of the year to meet the demands of its independence mandate. Follow the links to help either or both fundraising goals.
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Urban Remains posts news of a unique new 3D-printed publication by Chicago professor and artist Tom Burtonwood titled Twenty Something Sullivan, which features scans of Sullivan ornament from his early career. Burtonwood collaborated with City of Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson on this project and utilized original fragments to recreate lost works. The block-like relief pages provide a 3D way to experience Sullivan's designs and a new model for preservation/education. The best part? You can download the files to make your own book free! The entire project is available here. Follow the link to watch a video presenting this unique publication here.
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Crain's Chicago Business reports that The National Trust for Historic Preservation has endorsed a proposal to protect Mies van der Rohe's iconic Farnsworth House from future flooding by raising the 275-ton building on a hydraulic lift. However, the idea has a high price tag and raises objections from certain architects and preservationists. Read more about it here.
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The Wausau Daily Herald reports that residents of the town over 150 miles away from Spring Green, WI will be able to virtually experience Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin via virtual reality. From 4 pm to 4:20 pm Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Marathon County Public Library (300 First St., Wausau, WI) the Living Environments Lab will give a short presentation about the overview of 3D virtual reality and the Living Environments Laboratory's research and partnership with the Taliesin. From 4:30 pm to 6 pm, attendees will be able to engage in hands-on demonstrations of the Virtual Taliesin: Intro to 3D Technologies Oculus Rift and participate in a question-and-answer session with the research staff. More info here.
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DNAinfo.com reports that George W. Maher's Colvin House (1909) on Sheridan Road in Chicago is being considered for restoration and transformation into a co-working and office space...if Chicago clears the landmarked building for re-zoning first. Read more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has shared more background information on their involvement in the multi-year search to find new preservation-minded buyers for the George Millard House in Highland Park, IL. But with the recent sale, their work is not done yet. They will continue their vigilance in making sure that the new owners take the steps to withdraw the demolition permit process that had been initiated by the former owners. Read more about the FLWBC's tireless efforts to save the Millard House here.
If you want to help the effort, make sure to become a member of the FLWBC to support preservation initiatives like this. Join here.
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. has announced a $50-$80 million upgrade to its corporate office in Racine, WI and the relocation of 175 sales and marketing jobs to Chicago. The 2-year renovation project will start in the spring and will update select buildings on campus. It should be underscored that the renovations will not impact the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings on campus. Read and see more here.
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Newson6.com reports that a tip has led Bartlesville police to arrest the man, 39-year-old Rodney Crane, responsible for stealing the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chair recently stolen from the Price Tower. Crane was found in his apartment with the chair and a gate from Price home that was stolen last year. Read more about it here and here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the New York Times that spotlights architect Jeanne Gang's new design for New York's American Museum of Natural History $325 million addition. As stated in the article, Ms. Gang says the building's organically-modern look was inspired by geological canyons and glacial forms. Read and see more here.
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Chicagonow.com reports that H.H. Richardson's Gilded Age Chicago masterpiece, the Glessner House, recently received the 2015 President’s Award for Stewardship from Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Awards. Read more about it here and plan your visit to the house museum here.
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The Midland Daily News recently highlighted one of Alden B. Dow's earliest Midland, MI houses, the 1935 Howard Ball residence. If you've not been to Midland, MI to see the Dow Home & Studio and check out the other architectural gems in the area, then follow the link to plan your trip.
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Just in time for Halloween, LAist.com recently featured the "9 Creepiest Places in Los Angeles." Topping the list is Lloyd Wright's John Sowden House (1926), where later owner Dr. George Hodel is suspected of possibly killing Elizabeth Short, aka "the Black Dahlia." Follow the link and read all of the creepy LA haunts here.
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Bartlesville Radio's Crime Stoppers reports that on Sunday, October 4, someone stole a rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chair from the 19th floor of the architect's Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK. It's a bit baffling how such a heavy and bulky item could disappear from the upper floors of this skyscraper-turned-hotel without someone taking notice or it being caught on camera. Inside job? Read more about the heist here.
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The Contra Costa Times reports that at a recent Newark, CA City Council study session, several concerned community residents voiced their support of saving, renovating, and expanding the Aaron Green-designed library versus tearing it down for a new civic center. Read more here.
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The Arizona Republic features an article detailing aspects of the newly released Taliesin West Preservation Master Plan by Chicago-based Harboe Architects and commissioned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. There's also a video accompanying the article in which Margo Stipe discusses some of the art and antiquities that are found at Taliesin West. Read and watch more here.
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MLive.com recently featured a stunning Usonian house in Sparta, MI designed by the late architect Mitch Witkowski in 1982. Read more about the home and its architect here and since the home is up for sale for $300,000, you can see tons more photos and the listing info here.
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The Kansas City Star recently featured an article on the Bruce Goff-designed Nicol House (1964) and the work undertaken by current owner Rod Parks to preserve the integrity of his home's original design. Read it and watch a video here.
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Paul U. sends a link to an article in the Tulsa World that highlights the news that the organization responsible for the Spotlight Theater (formally known as Bruce Goff's Riverside Studio) has received the Oklahoma 2015 Governor’s Arts Award for their decades of effort in the arts. Read more here.
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The New York Times reports that a plan for the future conservation and restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West has been put together by Harboe Architects and approved by the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. As stated in the article by FLWF CEO Sean Malone: “For the first time ever, the foundation has completed something that talks about what needs to be restored or preserved at Taliesin West, to what level — what period of significance — and why.” Read more here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a story in the Chicago Tribune about the effort to make Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City an official Chicago landmark. The iconic river front "corncobs" is expected to move another step closer today toward permanent protected status. Read more here.
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