The Journal Online reports that thanks to the fund-raising efforts of a recent Kickstarter campaign on behalf of Sam Guard, Jr., the original Alfonso Iannelli designed memorial statue for his late sister, Georgia Guard, will be copied and placed in Park Ridge's Town of Maine cemetery, allowing the restored original to be protected from further damage. Read more about it here.
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Paul R. sends a link to the news that The Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, Iowa has been renamed the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center in honor the town's dedicated and important historical preservationist. Read more about it here.
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Tulsa World reports that despite being shuttered and up for sale, the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building (1927) is being kept up to city code enforcement standards, including more lighting, the addition of stairwell railings, repaired elevator doors and shafts, and the clearing of combustibles from the building. This is good to hear, especially since the Tulsa Club has been neglected for so long and the victim of fires in the past. Read more about it here.
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DeZeen features the new Santiago Calatrava-designed Innovation, Science, and Technology Building for the Florida Polytechnic University is finished and ready for student use later this month. It looks to be a remarkable and otherworldly building, as the article's photos showcase. Read and see more here.
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100 years ago today, fire and death descended upon Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green, WI. Ron McCrea, author of the book Building Taliesin, writes a special piece in Madison's Capitol Times about how the small town rose to meet the devastating chaos with dignity and humanity. Read it here.
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Anne B. sends a link to the news that the Bauhausian Philip Johnson-designed Wiley Speculative House (1954) has come on the market in New Canaan, CT for $1.575 million. While not as famous as the Glass House, Johnson works rarely come to the market. Read about the home here, here and see the listing here.
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Friday, August 15, 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the terrible murders that took place at Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring Green, WI home and studio, Taliesin. William B. Scott of the Scott Architectural Archives and OAD Archives recently found a digital copy of the story as printed in The Ogden Standard from Ogden, Utah. It not only shows how wide-spread the story was a century ago, it also shows how sensationalized it was. Click on the link below to see a larger version of the article.
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dorothy Turkel House in Detroit, one of the architect's concrete Usonian Automatic designs, has been beautifully restored by owners Dale Morgan and Norman Silk. Read about what it took to make this gem sparkle again in this recent hometownlife.com article.
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Arkansas Business recently interviewed Ron Shelby, CEO of Hight-Jackson Associates, the firm tasked with the reassembly of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House, that was moved from its previous home in New Jersey to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Read it here.
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PrairieMod reader George J. sends a link to a Curbed LA story about a plague of vandalism, litter, and hobo shanty towns facing Barnsdall Park, site of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House. Seems like a lack of security staff and a glut of bureaucracy are at the root of the problem. Read more here.
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But as bad as it has devolved in the present day, at onetime, Iraq was the stuff of Modernist dreams, with the 20th Century's most iconic architects vying to make Baghdad over in futuristic finery. The Boston Globe recently featured Walter Gropius's unfinished plans to re-shape Iraq's capital into his greatest Bauhaus-ian vision (which you can read about here).
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MySuburbanLife.com and the Wednesday Journal report that the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Avery Coonley House in Riverside, IL was broken-into earlier this week by some vandals who caused some damage to the vacant bedroom wing of the house (which is currently for sale). Read more about this disburing news here and here.
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Kankakee, IL's The Daily Journal reports on a recent visit to Wright-designed B. Harley Bradley House by officers of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust (which oversees four Wright properties in the Chicagoland area). There have been close ties between the two Wright organizations and this visit was a way to help cement them further. Read more here.
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Gizmodo recently explored the movement by a group known as the Association of the Beatification of Antoni Gaudi to have the architect made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Gaudi devoted his life to both God and his architecture, especially the powerfully moving (and perennially unfinished) Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Read more here.
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Here's a video clip featuring the news that county supervisors are taking steps to give some improtant artifacts associated with the 1917 Woodbury County Courthouse (a Prairie School symphony designed by architects Purcell and Elmslie with some sculptural help by Alfonso Iannelli) to the Sioux City Public Museum. Watch more about it here.
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File this next one under "Why?": Architizer recently featured images of Syracuse School of Architecture student Victoria Lee's undergraduate thesis, "Making by Taking: An Investigation of Architectural Appropriation" which takes four iconic Modern houses and makes hideous mutants out of them. More here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that Beijing-based MAD Architects has been selected as the principal designer for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (to be placed on Chicago's Museum Campus near the Lakefront). Studio Gang (Jeanne Gang's hometown firm) was selected for the landscape architecture and the design of a bridge connecting to Northerly Island. Read more about it here.
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Speaking of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, here's a link to an article in the Oak Leaves about the memories of Ann Marohn, who was the volunteer interpreter who gave the very first public tour at the iconic Wright Oak Park Home 40 years ago. Read more here.
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Michael B. sends a link to a news story in The Cap Times about a proposed downtown Madison, WI luxury hotel to service Monona Terrace and its potential impact to the special plan to help protect Wright's Robie Lamp House. City officials and the Urban Design Commission have expressed concerns about the project, which has been in the works for nearly a year, and are working with the developers to meet the guidelines of the special area plan adopted by the Madison Common Council in March. Read more about it here.
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The Sioux City Journal recently featured the story of why the Alfonso Iannelli-sculpted panel depicting the Seventh Commandment ("Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery") was intentionally omitted from the Sioux City County Courthouse in Sioux City, IA. Read about it here and in the newly re-published book on the building and its history, The Woodbury County Courthouse Revealed.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Newsblog provides a link to a long article on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Larkin Administration Building (1906), which once stood in Buffalo, NY and was considered one of the most important early works of Modern Architecture.
Because the city had not idea what to do with it and people were not very preservation-minded about such things, the Larkin Building was unceremoniously torn down--a loss that still reverberates to this day. The article on Upstate Modern Blog provides interesting period newspaper clippings from the late 1940s that show an attempt to sell the building and its ultimate demise. Read and see it all here. Thanks to Mark H. for the link.
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Zach M. and Paul U. both send word that the fate of the now-vacant Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club Building in downtown Tulsa, OK is being put up for sale by current owner Josh Barrett for $1.35 million. Barrett, who bought the building at a sheriff's sale in 2013 for $460,000, decided that restoring and re-purposing the building was more than he wanted to take on. Hopefully a preservation-minded steward who does have the capacity and resources to save this building will step forward. Read more here.
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The Ottowa Community News reports that the Francis C. Sullivan-designed Horticulture Building (designed in 1914 by a Canadian student of Frank Lloyd Wright ) which has been moved and is in the middle of an extensive restoration and should be finished by the end of the year. Read more about it here.
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Here's a link to an article and video on former Iowa state legislator, Donovan Olson's efforts to restore the Prairie Style James B. McHose House in Boone, Iowa. Read and watch more here.
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Houston's only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, the William L. Thaxton Residence (1954) has hit the market for $3.195 million. Thaxton has been altered several times over the years, but current owners, who bought the home in the early 1990s have wiped away several of the most offensive changes and polished it to the current state seen in the many photos posted in the linked article. Check it all out here and here.
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If you missed the MoMA exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal then you can catch a glimpse of what drawings, photos, and models were in the show thanks to this illustrated checklist. Thanks to Bailey Baerwolf for the link.
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Curbed LA features a special article on the effort to preserve one of Los Angeles' greatest interior-architecture treasures: a massive installation of custom tiles by renowned Pasadena Arts & Crafts Era tile artist, Ernest A. Batchelder. The interior was created in 1914 for the Dutch Chocolate Shop on the ground floor of a at 217 West Sixth Street in downtown Los Angeles. Because of the loss of other Batchelder tiled interiors, preservationists are fretting over the fate of this gem. Read and see more here.
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Crains Chicago Business speculates as to whether or not the rendering recently unveiled by Chinese real estate firm Wanda Group for their $900 million 89-story hotel/apartment tower to be built on the Chicago River east of Michigan Avenue is the work of Studio Gang Architects. Everyone is being mum on the subject, but the rendering matches a description of new work given by Jeanne Gang in a New Yorker magazine profile in their May 19, 2014 issue. Coincidence? Read more here.
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Here's a link to an article about MCM architect, Richard Isenhour, who was responsible for several beautiful post-and-beam Modern homes in the Lexington, KY area. His son Larry has written a new book about Isenhour's life and works called The Houses of Richard B. Isenhour: Mid-Century Modern in Kentucky (Butler Books, $45). Read more here.
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AZCentral.com reports that the Arizona chapter of the Concours d’Elegance organization is on the hunt to determine the whereabouts of the remaining automobiles once owned by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright was big fan of special cars and apparently has been documented as owning 54 in his life. Read more about the search for the Wright cars here.
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The Kansas City Star recently featured the Bruce Goff-designed Youngstrom House (1968), one of four homes designed by the architect in the Kansas City area. The house was apparently one of the nine homes on the Lake Quivira Home Tour that took place in June 2014. Read more about this unique home here.
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Arkansas Business reports that the disassembled Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson House (formally of Millstone, New Jersey) has arrived in a warehouse in Bentonville, Arkansas and is awaiting reassembly on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. According to the article, local construction firms are lining up to be apart of the installation and local people are even getting out lawn chairs to watch the installation process. Read more about it here.
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Celebrate the Fourth of July by reading the PrairieMod featured article about Frank Lloyd Wright's most patriotic graphic design: the cover of the July 1937 Town & Country magazine. Read it here and happy 4th!
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The Los Angeles Times features the Richard Neutra-designed Kilbury Residence (1958) as its "Home of the Day." Read and see more here, and if you have an extra $2.149 million laying around, then pick up this MCM gem and start living the Mod life!
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Crain's Chicago Business reports that the rarely seen Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John O. Carr House (1950) in Glenview, IL will soon be going on the market. The home has only had 2 owners and retains much of its Usonian character (though Wright's original design was added onto). Read and see more here.
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The Chicago Cultural Center won the Chicago Reader's poll for 2014 Best Historic Building (three years running). The Rookery came in second. While the Cultural Center is a fantastic building that is eye-poppingly gorgeous on the inside, I'm not sure it's technically the city's "Best Historic Building." Two words: Robie House. See the whole list here.
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The Daily Courier reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture will be helping the community of Yarnell, AZ to design A Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park as a tribute to remember the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots and hotshot firefighters in general. Read more about it here.
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Zach M. sends good news that the Sooner Park Play Tower (designed by Bruce Goff in 1963 as a gift from the Price family to Bartlesville, OK's youth) has begun the process of restoration. The tower will be disassembled, stripped of rust, repainted, and rebuilt back to playable condition. PrairieMod readers played a big part in helping to raise the funds needed to restore this unique work of Organic Architecture, so give yourselves a collective pat on the back! Read more about this preservation win here.
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