In light of the ongoing trend of historic property demolitions in the affluent western suburb of Chicago, the River Forest Village Board recently approved a series of amendments to its historic preservation ordinance to make it a little more challenging (but not impossible) for owners or developers to come in and quickly bulldoze historic homes. Read more about it here.
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The Journal Times reports that Wisconsin state senators voted unanimously to approve the measure for an official Frank Lloyd Wright heritage trail between Racine and Spring Green that connects the numerous Wright-designed buildings along the way. It's now up to the governor to approve it. Read more here.
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Curbed NY reports that the Plaza Hotel suite that Frank Lloyd Wright once lived in from 1954-1959 while working on the Guggenheim Museum commission is back on the market for $26 million—although it lacks any trace of Wright's design touch. Read more here.
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Rachel Minske of Wauwatosa NOW recently had a guided tour inside Frank Lloyd Wright's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and posts a video of what she encountered. Read and watch more here.
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KIMT.com reports on the 10-year anniversary this month of when the nonprofit Wright on the Park took ownership of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, IA. This fall will mark another milestone: The five-year anniversary of the Hotel's restoration and grand re-opening. Read and see more here. Make sure you plan to stay at the Hotel by booking your reservation here.
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The Orlando Sentinel reports that former Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park Studio associate and client, Isabel Roberts (who went to central Florida to practice architecture and make her own mark), will finally have her final resting place marked with a headstone this Wednesday. Read more about it here.
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MLive.com reports that the owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eric and Margaret Brown House in Kalamazoo, MI are awaiting word from the U.S. Department of the Interior as to whether or not their home will be approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more here.
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The Guardian spotlights the struggle to save America's most architecturally significant homes in an era of tear downs and destructive renovations for bigger houses and modern conveniences. This struggle puts houses like Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House in LA (which was up for auction recently and yanked for lack of buyer interest) in a precarious position. Read more here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a recent article in The New York Times on the (partial) opening of Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center Transit Hub, which has become notorious as a symbol of cost over runs for the city (hence the "boondoggle" association). In spite the multi-billion dollar runaway price tag, visitors might be kinder in their opinion of the project if the stunning nature of the soaring white structure ultimately uplifts their urban existence. Read and see more here.
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Oak Park resident Graham Rarity was recently honored for his two decades of service to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, notably spearheading the fundraising effort in 2012 that allowed the Trust to successfully purchased the Home and Studio from the National Trust. Read more about it here.
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The Rocky Mountain Outlook reports that a controversial proposal to rebuild Frank Lloyd Wright's Banff National Park Pavilion (designed 1911/demolished 1938) will be debated by the town's politicians later this month. The Banff Pavilion was one of only two Wright buildings in Canada and if rebuilt would certainly be a tourist draw. However, the controversy surrounds whether a rebuilt Wright building qualifies for heritage preservation in Banff (and Canada), not qualifying as a heritage structure. Read more here.
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Curbed recently spotlighted the 1970s design/build trailblazer firm of Jersey Devil. Inspired by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff, the guerrilla approach to organic architecture created by the firm's Princeton graduates Steve Badanes, John Ringel, and Jim Adamson upset the established thinking and helped inspire future architectural DIYers. Read and see more of their work here.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the owner of the David and Gladys Wright House is in discussions with a variety of partners, including education institutions like Arizona State University about locating architectural programs and research at the home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This would shift the focus of the home from events-based programming to a more education/research-based one. This would hopefully quell the opposition coming from the grumpy neighbors. Read more about it here.
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Chicago Magazine puts together a field guide to the sights to see in the southwest Chicago suburb of La Grange, including the Robert G. Emmond House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's early "bootleg" residential designs. They don't mention it, but La Grange also hosts Wright's Goan House and Hunt House. Read the field guide here.
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A press release on PRWeb.com announces that Creative Edge Master Shop, the largest and most experienced fabricator of architectural materials using waterjet technology, has a new licensing agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to interpret the architect's broad range of designs in stone, terrazzo, and metal materials for residential and commercial hard surface flooring. Read more here.
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The New York Times Magazine recently spotlighted the rise of the post-cubicle office and a variety of cutting-edge offices that strive for comfort and whimsy. The article discusses how work spaces have gone from progressive (like Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Administration Building), to less-so in the latter part of the 20th century, to the new and whimsical spaces sprouting-up today. While whimsy has its place in life, calling
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Looks like the trend in Oak Park is to build up! Curbed Chicago reports that as work is wrapping up on the 20-story hi-rise building on the corner of Lake St. and Forest Ave., another tall building is preparing to break ground close by. Read more about it here.
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The Chicago Tribune provides an update to the efforts by the Glencoe Historical Society to raise the interest and the money to rebuild a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed waiting station that was demolished almost 50 years ago. They've raised $25,000 to date but have more to go. Read more here.
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The Journal Gazette reports an attempt at a preservation "take back" by the owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House in Fort Wayne, IN. According to the article, current owner Richard J. Herber (who has tried de-listing the home before) put in the "confidential" public record request because "he has become disabled and cannot afford repairs and might need to make external modifications. He contends he was misled in listing the house." Read more here.
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The Park LaBrea News Beverly Press reports that Los Angeles city officials recently announced that work crews have begun installing a tubular steel fence and two gates around the exposed perimeter of Barnsdall Arts Park (home to Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House) to provide better security. Read more about the work here.
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Michael B. sends us a link to a post by Linda Brazill, a Madison, Wisconsin-based blogger who focuses on gardening and design. The post on her blog "Each Little World" documents a recent visit to Buffalo, NY and Frank Lloyd Wright's stunning Darwin D. Martin House. Read it here.
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Curbed.com spotlights a new virtual tour of the unbuilt (and controversial) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home that Dr. Hugh Pratt petitioned the village of Wraxall, England to build. They rejected the petition, so it seems the home will likely only exist in this virtual reality version created by Archilogic. Read more here and take the virtual tour here.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city of San Francisco is trying to be proactive in its effort to expand the existing landmark designation for Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop to include aspects of the 1948 interior design. The hope is to have the stronger protections in place before new owners move into the now-vacant building. Read more about it here.
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Curbed.com recently featured a long article spotlighting the life and work of modern Californian architect, Harry Gesner. Gesner passed-up an opportunity to study at Taliesin to strike-out on his own and find his own architectural path. He did pretty well for himself, as evidenced by the numerous interesting structures he's designed and built in his long career. Read and see more here.
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Metropolis Magazine recently spotlighted the current (and soon to wrap up on February 16, 2016) mini-show, Our Most Distinguished Outcast: Frank Lloyd Wright and “Wendingen”, on display at the Art Institute of Chicago's Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Read it here.
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Oklahoma NPR station KGOU recently spotlighted Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK and the complicated relationship locals have with the 19-story skyscraper. Many admit it has its faults and can be a pain to work in, but almost all say they love it anyway and are proud to have it in their town. Read and listen to more here.
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NewsOK reports that hopes are high that the 1964 Robert Alan Bowlby-designed Founders National Bank building in Oklahoma City can be saved. The OkieMod Squad is still collecting signatures on their online petition to ask current building owners to find an alternative to tearing the building down. Read more about it here and sign the petition here.
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WEHOville.com features an article exploring the issue of how to preserve the delicate relationship between the RM Schindler House and Studio and its surroundings. The article states that by the end of this year, the Schindler House will be one of only two single-family homes left on the street, separating it from architectural context. Read more about this preservation conundrum here.
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The Daily Beast explores the topic of Frank Lloyd Wright's final urban designs for the city of Baghdad, Iraq and why they were fated to remain on the drawing board. Read it here.
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Buffalo Business First reports that the Graycliff Conservancy's executive director, Reine Hauser, will be stepping down after serving in the post for 12 years, leading more than $4 million in renovations and updates at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed estate near Buffalo. PrairieMod wishes Reine well and thanks her for all that she did for Graycliff. Read more here.
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Arch Daily reports on architect Zaha Hadid recently receiving the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2016 Royal Gold Medal at a ceremony in London. She joins some august company who have also received the award since 1848, including Frank Gehry (2000), Lord Norman Foster (1983), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1959), Le Corbusier (1953), and Frank Lloyd Wright (1941). Read more here.
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The blog, Broken Sidewalk, recently ran a post on the negative impact over time of corporate headquarters moving from downtown Louisville, KY to the surrounding suburbs—which apparently could be traced back to 1964, when Lincoln Income Life Insurance built their William Wesley Peters-designed tower (known today as Kaden Tower) in the 'burbs. Read more here.
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Modern mavens from around the world will be converging on Palm Springs February 11-21, 2016 for the annual pilgrimage known as "Modernism Week." If you didn't get tickets for the event this year, but still want to get a flavor of what it's all about, check out this Southern California Public Radio piece on the event here.
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The Wausau Daily Herald reports that the current owners of the Charles and Dorothy Manson residence (1941) in Wausau, Wisconsin are waiting patiently to hear in the next few weeks if their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more about it here.
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January 31 marks what would have been architect E. Fay Jones' 95th birthday. 4029tv.com marks the event by showcasing the most famous designs of the Arkansas Organic Architect. Check it out here. If you'd like to see some of Jones' work in person, be sure to attend the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's "Out and About Wright" event this spring. Details here.
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John C. sends a link to an article in the Los Angeles Times discussing the Arizona Biltmore's $35 million makeover, which is due to be completed this spring. The iconic Wrightian textile block facade is still there, but the inner spaces have been refreshed with a contemporary feel that tries to pay homage to its design roots. Check out more here.
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The Los Feliz Ledger reports the unsettling news that Hollyhock House in Los Angeles may have its status threatened as part of the list of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings vying to gain UNESCO World Heritage designation. What's endangering Hollyhock's chances? It's the impact that a proposed six-story building would have on Hollyhock's viewscape from the top of Olive Hill in Barnsdall Park. One of UNESCO's criteria for judging the “outstanding universal value” of nominees includes the site’s viewshed. If Hollyhock's is negatively impacted by the building of this proposed development, then LA's hopes for having a World Heritage Site might be dashed. Read more here.
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Architectural Record has dug into its vaults and posted Frank Lloyd Wright's multi-part series of essays from the early decades of the 20th Century he titled "In the Cause of Architecture." Check out each of the articles and absorb Wright's architectural insights here.
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Blair Kamin recently wrote up his review of a little show currently at the Art Institute of Chicago's Ryerson and Burnham Libraries titled "Our Most Distinguished Outcast: Frank Lloyd Wright and Wendingen". As Kamin explains, the show's name is taken from a quote by Wright's friend and architecture critic Lewis Mumford, and "refers both to Wright's enormous talent and the pariah status that hung over him long after 1909, when he abandoned his wife of 20 years and their children and ran off to Europe with a client's wife." Read more about the show here and if you're an Illinois resident, you get to go to the Art Institute for FREE until February 11, 2016!
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The Wednesday Journal recently featured the ongoing $23 million restoration underway at Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic concrete wonder, Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL. Read more here about the efforts being undertaken to return this building to its full glory--I can't wait to see it!
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Julie Lasky, a native Chicagoan who moved away from the "Second City", recently returned at the behest of the Wall Street Journal to cover a spotlight story on Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie House. Read about Julie's homecoming and impression of the iconic Prairie house here.
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For the last month, the news world has been buzzing over the upcoming February 21, 2016 auction of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Geroge D. Sturges House in the Brentwood Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The Los Angeles Times is just the latest to provide a soundbite on the house's (and some of its decorative and artistic contents) imminent auction at LAMA. Read it here.
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