The News-Herald reports on news that Frank Lloyd Wright's Louis Penfield House in Wiloughby Hills, OH. The article provides some interesting background into how the Penfield's met Wright, as well as plenty of photos and an interactive blueprint of the home. Read and see it here.
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This article from the Japan Times provides a glimpse at Oya-machi, a town built on a plateau of volcanic Oya stone in the Tochigi Prefecture of Japan. Frank Lloyd Wright was particularly found of the porous and easily-sculpted stone, and used it extensively in his (now lost) Imperial Hotel to wondrous effect. Read more about Oya and the village it comes from here.
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Paul R. sends a link to the news that Mason City, IA has added a bronze sculpture of Frank Lloyd Wright in the town's Central Park and facing one of his works, the Park Inn Hotel. Read more about it here.
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DNAinfo.com reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House received a Preservation Excellence Award this week from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, thanks to a faithful and historically sensitive restoration by Col. Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises. Read more here and then make plans to tour (or stay!) at this beautiful Wright work of art.
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Michael B. sends some really great follow-up information on the proposed Wright-designed boathouse that Madision city planners are considering as part of a future design vision for downtown Madison. More after the jump...
The Cap Times reports that the Madison Design Professionals Workgroup has worked up a report calling for the transformation of the intersection where John Nolen Drive, Blair Street and Willy Street meet to create a Madison version of Chicago's Millennium Park.
Of particular interest is the mention that the plan would eventually include "a boardwalk, boat docking and the long-discussed Frank Lloyd Wright Boathouse." Does that mean they would resurrect Wright's 1893 design (which was destroyed in 1926)? Or are they thinking of cloning the Yahara Boathouse project (which was realized after Wright's death in Buffalo, NY)? Read more about the plan here.
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Madison Magazine recently featured a new art print depicting the WIsconsin capital city by artist Kim Sly. I like the loosely abstract Mod style used to create the cityscape (and I especially dig that Monona Terrace makes an appearance.) Kim has a bunch of other cities in her print series at her etsy.com shop. See them here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent house in Rockford, IL is set to open its doors to public tours starting on June 6, 2014. Its the newest Wright House museum and the only one built by Wright for a disabled client (Mr. Laurent was wheelchair-bound). Make plans to see it by clicking here.
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In light of the recent announcement that the Milwaukee Art Museum plans to add a (fairly bland) 17,000 sq ft addition to one of the existing buildings, Mary Louise Schumacher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opines that a better move might be to build nothing for now and rethink a bolder plan for the future. After seeing images of the planned addition, I would tend to agree. Read more here.
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Here's a link to an article about the stories behind how Southern Illinois University wound up with one of the most significant collection of Louis H. Sullivan-designed architectural fragments and Richard Nickel's unlikely journey to becoming a tragic preservation activist/collector. Read it here.
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Joshua Drew recently shared his beautiful Edgar Tafel-designed Usonian home with the good folks over at Apartment Therapy. Designed in 1949 for L.H. Hamilton in Racine, WI, the beautifully maintained home is a testament to the fact that although Frank Lloyd Wright casts a long shadow, several of his students could stand alone as Organic Architects in their own right. Read and see more of this gem of a home here.
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DNAInfo Chicago reports that the restoration work on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1915 Emil Bach House in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago is almost finished, and the results are already being called amazing. You can not only take tours of this home, but it will be available for overnight stay as well. Read more here, see a gallery of photos, and then find out how to visit here.
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Speaking of flood-endangered works of Modern Architecture: Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune recently highlighted the new plans proposed by National Trust for Historic Preservation to protect the Mies van Der Rohe-designed Farnsworth House in Plano, IL. All the plans require moving the house in one way or another, but one of the ideas would involve hydraulically lifting the house out of harm's way. Read more here.
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The Kansas City Star reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House has arrived at its new southern home after traveling by road and rail. Originally located in Millstone, NJ, the Usonian was sold to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas to save it from ongoing damage from floods in its original site. Read more here.
Images credit: Tarantino Studio © 2013; courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
The Wall Street Journal highlights the upcoming "The Architect" auction on April 29, 2014 at Phillips auction house in London, which features furniture, drawings, buildings, models, lighting, and equipment by some of the biggest names in architecture. Of course Frank Lloyd Wright is present, with a chair from the Imperial Hotel and Price Tower, as well as an original 2 volume Wasmuth portfolio. Read the article here and see the lots here.
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A recent article in the OPRF local edition of the Chicago Tribune highlights the environmental benefits that the gigantic 200-year-old ginkgo tree located outside the Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park Studio provides—just in time for Arbor Day on April 25. Read it here.
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Speaking of architectural works in trouble, we've been trumpeting the troubled future of John S. Van Bergen's James Irving Residence in Wilmette, IL and it seems like the noise is getting some attention from the media: The Wilmette Life recently covered the situation facing the home for its readers and the Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin, tweeted the story to his Twitter followers. Hopefully this will just be the beginning and locals will take notice and do something to save this home and the historic character of their town. Read how to make some noise yourself about it here.
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The ongoing struggle to restore and turn two side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago continues, and there seems to be enough intrigue, politics, and bad blood to go around. Hopefully the feuding can stop on these important works of architecture can be secured and restored. Read more here.
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AZCentral.com reveals how the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium at ASU in Tempe came to be. Apparently the story was discovered in reading a fairly recent 1992 biography of Gordon Sabine, special assistant to the dean of ASU Libraries at the time. Read about it here.
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It looks like the alarm we sounded about the potential new tear-down threat facing the John S. Van Bergen-designed James B. Irving Residence at 1318 Isabella St. in Wilmette, IL has caught the attention of at least one local reporter. Read this article about the threat facing this house here. If any of our readers live in Wilmette--please do what you can as a local voice to save this house!
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Mark H. sends a link to an article on the ongoing budget woes and tax wars in Springfield, IL and how they might affect the ability of the state to keep historic sites open if the politicians can't get their acts together. Could the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House be one of the sites affected? Read more here.
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According to Sightsmap.com, Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum is the most photographed sight in the city of New York, beating out the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. The ranking is calculated by tracking the number of photos taken in a given location and tagged through Google’s Panoramio. Read more here and see the other sights here.
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The Tulsa World reports that Preservation Oklahoma is out with its list of 2014 most Endangered Places in the state and sadly, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed "Westhope House," a concrete block home he designed for his cousin in 1929, Richard Lloyd Jones (and one of only three Wright-designed structures in the state) makes the list. The article does not not expound on why it's endangered, but as more information comes to light, we'll be sure to report. Read the article here.
UPDATE after the jump...
Mark H. sends a link to an article in the Journal Sentinel about the new lakefront design released by the Milwaukee Art Museum for a proposed 17,000-square-foot, two-story building that would give the museum more gallery space and a new entrance. While I would not advocate removing the Saarinen designed original building, nor touching the Calatrava addition, the museum in the rendering is starting to look a little camel-like with all of its add-ons. Check it out here.
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Lovers of Modern Architecture often swoon over the iconic Californian Eichler home. But they aren't perfect: lack of windows in the front, flat roofs that leak, radiant heat floors that take awhile to kick in. Well, The Marin Independent Journal reports on two Bay Area development gurus that are offering new ideas on modernizing the homes of Joseph Eichler without violating their aesthetics. Read it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article on the effort by a construction crew to carefully remove six architectural medallions that were attached to the 95-year-old Star Tribune headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. Read and watch more about it here.
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Mary Louise Schumacher of JSOnline.com showcases the brick building talents of Luis Hernandez, a Milwaukee-area Lego aficionado who built a mini plastic brick model of the Santiago Calatrava-designed museum that graces the city's lakefront. If your vote is one of the 10,000 needed, this set could come to life. Read more here and vote here.
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It was recently announced that The Pritzker Prize in architecture recipient for 2014 is Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, famous for his work designing shelters for places devastated by all types of natural disasters and for working with lowly materials like cardboard and paper tubes. Many may remember his transcendent "Cardboard Cathedral" for the earthquake-devastated community in Christchurch, New Zealand. Read more here.
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Mark H. provides a link to the ongoing struggle to get the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl Albert House in Racine, WI up-to-code and saved from the shadow of the wrecking ball. Progress is slow and the neighbors are surly, but hopefully this will all end with a work of Organic Architecture saved. Read more here and here.
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The State Journal-Register reports that a local Springfield, IL group is working to buy and restore The Lincoln Colored Home, the first orphanage for black children in Illinois. It's history is intertwined with the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana House and was named one of Landmarks Illinois “10 Most Endangered Historic Places” last year. Read more here.
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The internet is abuzz about the announcement of free tours starting May 2, 2014 of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower. Starting Monday, people can make online reservations for tours that include the Research Tower. Read more here, here, and info about tours here.
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FastCoDesign.com features a selection of Ezra Stoller's amazing architectural photos and provides a little insight into the upcoming exhibit, Architecture + Photography, which showcases the artist's amazing body of work and will be at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. More here.
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AZCentral.com reports that the owner of the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix is asking the Phoenix City Council for a nine month continuance in order to solidify final plans for the house to be historically designated and be able to be open to the public. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a story in the New York Times about the effort of architects and preservationists from around the globe to try and save the Shabolovka radio tower in Moscow. Dubbed "Russia's Eiffel Tower", the 50-story conical structure was designed in 1922 by Vladimir Shukhov and is considered one of the engineering marvels of the 20th Century. Read more about the effort to save it from demolition here.
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FastCoDesign recently showcased the new Starbucks store at Disneyland's Downtown Disney which avoids the Mickey ears and pixe dust, channeling instead the work of mid-century designers like Joseph Eichler, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra. See and read more here.
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The New York Times features a piece on the intricate architectural models of Frank Lloyd Wright that embody his many ideas about Architecture's role in the shaping of American life. Some of these iconic models are on display as part of the exhibit “Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal” at MoMA. Read more here.
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