This weekend is going to be a busy one for architecture and design aficionados. In addition to the annual Wright Plus Housewalk taking place in Oak Park and Riverside, IL on Saturday May 16, 2015, there will also be a book signing event for Alfonso Iannelli: Modern By Design from 3:30 to 5pm at the 10th annual Arts and Crafts Chicago show and sale. The event is being held at Concordia University in River Forest, IL and will be your chance to meet author David Jameson and get your copy signed. Yours truly (and the designer of the book) will also be there, so stop by and say "hi." More info here.
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Here's a link to an article on author Krista Van Laan's recent presentation on San Jose, California architect Frank Delos Wolfe, who is responsible for several Prairie School homes in the San Jose area. Van Laan spent five years researching him before writing her new book, Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture. Read more here and get your copy of the book here.
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Michael Maguire posts news and links to three online publications that encapsulate the building of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian faculty house at Florida Southern College. Portrait quality images, the original website's blog entries, and QR code links to all of the video are now available in the online version of the soon-to-be-released hardcover books (one volume for each of the three construction years). Check them out here, here, and here.
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Eric Nordstrom of Urban Remains recently announced that his new book, BLDG. 51: A Collection of Historically Important American Architectural Artifacts has arrived fresh off the presses and is available for purchase. The book is 200 pages of full-color photography of Eric's growing collection of salvaged and saved architectural artifacts from Sullivan, Wright, and significant Chicago buildings. Yours truly helped with the production of the book and I can attest to the fact that it is gorgeous and an excellent resource. Get your copy here.
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Author George H. Marcus will be in Springfield, IL at the Springfield Public Library on Wednesday, April 15 – 6:30 to 7:30 pm to discuss his new book, Total Design: Architecture and Interiors of Iconic Modern Houses, and specifically Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana House as complete work of art.More after the jump...
Dr. William Allin Storrer sends word that the new single-volume version of Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic America is now available. According the Dr. Storrer: "A few major improvements, lots of minor ones. Some plans resized. Where two appear for comparison, I’ve tried often to make them to the same scale, for instance. Since the printer won’t use hard surface paper, there is a limit to what I can do to the color photos, but a number are improved." More info here.
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ravine Bluffs community in Glencoe, IL, billed as the third largest concentration of Wright architecture in one area in the world. According to a recent article in the Daily North Shore, the Glencoe Historical Society is celebrating the anniversary with a bevvy of events, including "a public art project, Wright Around Town, modeled after Chicago’s Cows on Parade, will allow artists to design replicas of the Wright-designed street markers that delineate the boundaries of Ravine Bluffs. GHS will also unveil the results of new historical research at an exhibit opening at 375 Park Avenue museum this spring — culminating in a new book in the fall — that features three of Booth’s grandchildren who are providing “quite a few never-before-seen aspects” of the town’s history..." Get more details at the event's official website here.
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Eric Nordstrom, owner and founder of Urban Remains and the bldg. 51 museum announced yesterday that the printed version of the highly anticipated bldg. 51 museum architectural artifact book (which your PrairieMod editor helped in the production of) will be available for purchase in March 2015. copies of the profusely illustrated, full color book will be available at the Urban Remains store and/or can be ordered online through the Urban Remains or bldg. 51 website. in addition, a book launch party will be held at a Chicago venue that will contain an exhibition of highlighted artifacts found in the book. Stay tuned for additional information in the coming weeks. More info here.
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Author and historian, William Allin Storrer, sends word that a new, single-volume version of Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic America should be published next week and will shortly thereafter appear on Amazon.com. It contains everything seen in the previous two-part set with the exception of the reduced plans appendices (he hopes to redo that section with better resolution and complete with the houses that will be in the prequel; Frank Lloyd Wright, Creating American Architecture, which is close to completion).
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Picturing Wright, the once hard-to-find book of photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero that first was published in 1994 has been republished by Monacelli Press with a foreword by Martin Filler, architecture critic for the New York Review of Books. Read more about it here.
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Fast Co. Design features the "Who Built That?" children books, written and illustrated by Didier Cornille, professor of design and history at Ecole des Beaux-Arts du Mans in France. The whimsical books are intended to be an accessible and fun way to stimulate a love of architecture in little ones. Read more here.
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John A. sends a link to a review of the book, Alfonso Iannelli: Modern By Design (which your Prairiemod editor designed) from Bruce Johnson of artsandcraftscollector.com. Read it here. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the architecture enthusiast on your list, then I'd highly recommend this book! Get a signed copy from the author, David Jameson, here.
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A new book exploring the Organic Architecture of Mickey Muennig has been released. Titled Mickey Muennig: Dreams and Realizations for a Living Architecture and published by Gibbs Smith the book is a long overdue look at the work of this visionary architect. More after the jump...
"This book is my homage to Mr Wright and his achievement, through his Usonian designs, of a Democratic American Architecture. It is, too, a personal memoir and distillation of what my 66 years 'with Frank Lloyd Wright' has come to mean to me."
These words by author and historian William Allin Storrer, Ph.D. begin the Prelude and set the personal tone to his new two volume set of books, Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic Architecture, self-published by Dr. Storrer through his company, WineWright Media.
The two volumes are joined by a third recently published book titled The Anonymous Frank Lloyd Wright and the 700 William Street, River Forest Project, written by Dr. Storrer, with Richard Johnson and Dominique Watts.
All three books were recently sent to me for review and I had the opportunity to delve into the soft cover tomes over a recent business trip. Read more after the jump.
The Capital Times reports that Ron McCrea, author of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright as part of a C-SPAN "Cities Tour" segment about Madison set to air this Saturday at 11am. Read more here.
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Calling all Pittsburgh area PrairieMod readers! Author Steven M. Reiss will be signing his new book, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, at Fallingwater this Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 11:00-2:00 pm. If you're in the area, make sure to not miss the event! More info here.
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There will be an author talk and book signing for Breaking Wright's Grid by Bob Koppany, III on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. Breaking Wright's Grid explores and includes extensive analysis of the architectural grids that Wright used in his designs throughout his body of work. During this event, Mr. Koppany will give a presentation about the book, with a signing to follow. Those who wish to purchase a copy of the book may do so at the event. Refreshments will be served. RSVPs are requested, so please contact event coordinator Sally Russell at email@example.com.
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Margo will be talking about how Nature and Japanese culture inspired and shaped Mr. Wright's redefinition of space and will sign copies of her new book, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rooms: Interiors and Decorative Arts (Rizzoli). More Information at left or by following the link.
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Photographer and Author, Mark Hertzberg, sends word that the current owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fred B. Jones "Penwern" estate on Delavan Lake, Wisconsin (1900-1903) have have had a website created. Mark has also been commissioned to write a book about Mr. Jones and Penwern. It’s a challenging adventure, given the apparent absence of any correspondence between Messrs. Jones, Wright and Henry H. Wallis, the developer of the Wright homes on the lake. If any PrairieMod readers have any insights into Penwern or Mr. Jones, please let us know! In the mean time, check out the Penwern website 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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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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We learn on Wright Chat that architect Olof Dahlstrand, who designed several beautiful Usonian homes and other buildings in the Carmel, California area, died early Thursday July 17, 2014. Read more about his passing here and then pick up a copy of the book, Olof Dahlstrand: The Usonians 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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News reaches us that the Building 51 website (brainchild of Eric Nordstrom, who also owns and operates Urban Remains) has be re-designed in concert with the virtual museum's publishing of its first softbound catalog, which features beautiful photography and in-depth information about the many historically important pieces in its collection. The catalog will be available in the coming weeks (but pre-orders are being taken at the website). Check it all out here.
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I Just finished the new book published by the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America (WBGSoA) titled Rock Crest/Rock Glen Mason City, Iowa: The American Masterwork of Marion M. and Walter B. Griffin with essays by Paul Kruty, Robert E. McCoy, Paul Sprague, and James Weirick. More after the jump...
Both Robert B. and Anthony T. send word that a new monograph has been published by Gibbs Smith on the life work of Organic Architect and Bruce Goff protege, Mickey Muennig. With a forward by architect Herb Greene and an essay by Alan Hess, plus lots of beautiful photography, this book will be a must-have for architecture lovers. More info here.
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I recently received a copy of the new book, Frank Lloyd Wright's Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures, written and designed by Wright aficionado Douglas M. Steiner. The book is an exploration of how the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Nakoma Clubhouse, originally conceived for Madison, WI, came to be posthumously-built as part of a golf resort in Clio, California.
The book details the history of the architectural design, as well as, the geometric statues meant to adorn the initial design. The sculptures took on a separate life of their own, being executed in various forms over the years until their execution as monumental granite statues at the SC Johnson Headquarters in Racine, WI. The book is easy to dive into and its focus on this little-known Wright design makes it a welcome addition to any Wright library. Find out more and order your copy here.
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August 5, 2014 will mark 100 years after the sad and grizzly murders that took place at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring Green, WI home and studio. Even though a century has passed, interest in the mystery that still swirls around the exact events and motives of the crime captivate people. Follow the link to read more about this persistent interest and watch a video featuring Wright historian Sidney K. Robinson and author Ron McCrea (whose book Building Taliesin explores the tragic event.)
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In addition to seeing the newly restored SC Johnson Research Tower, PrairieMod was able to get an amazing personal tour of the nearby (and recently rehabilitated) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Thomas P. Hardy House (1905). Mark Hertzberg, author of the definitive series of books on Wright's work in Racine, was kind enough to give us a tour of this private residence and the wonderful work that its current owner has undertaken. See more photos of what we saw inside this Prairie School beauty here.
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I recently received a copy of a book to review that piqued my interest the moment I opened the shipping box. Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design by Mark Baskinger and William Bardel and published by Watson-Guptill is a sumptuous and informative read from cover-to-cover. More after the jump...
I recently picked up a rare brochure called "Color and Protection" which was produced by the American Asphalt Paint Co. for the 1933 "Century of Progress" World's Fair in Chicago. It's a printing tour de force, featuring several metallic and other beautiful bright colors on every page as the Fair and its buildings are graphically represented for the reader. Its importance (beyond being a technical work of printing art) is that it shows us how colorful the Fair was—thanks to designer and color-guru Joseph Urban. Check out scans here of this special brochure from the University of Chicago's special collections.
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I'm hoping a reader out there might be able to help the PrairieMod library acquire the 4 volume set of The Architectural Drawings of R.M. Schindler by David Gebhard and published originally by Garland Architectural Archives.
The set will greatly augment our ability to study and help others research the work of one of Modernism's most important architects (it would have been most helpful to have when we were saving the Schindler/Wright cottage not long ago).
If you have a set that you'd like to see end up in the PrairieMod library, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Head's Up! Today's presentation by author Kim Bixler on “Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House," sponsored by Wright On the Park and River City Society for Historic Preservation in Mason City, IA has been rescheduled to take place at 7 pm Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, 520 First St. S.E.
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Metropolis Magazine recently interviewed ArchiTech Gallery owner and author, David Jameson, on the life and the work of Alfonso Iannelli. Read the interview here and then pick up the comprehensive Iannelli book AND go see the new Iannelli exhibit at the ArchiTech Gallery. Details here.
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Heads up! The Kalo Foundation in Park Ridge, IL will be hosting a display of Arts & Crafts-era silver (specifically Kalo Workshop pieces) to coincide with the book signing of Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry: 1890 - 1940 by Darcy L. Evon, author and Kalo Foundation consulting historian.
The event takes place Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2 pm at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center, 255 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, Illinois. Books will be available for sale at the event. Read a recent review of the book here and get more info on this and other Kalo Foundation events here.
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There's new Registration info for author Kim Bixler's upcoming "What is it like Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House?" lecture in Mason City, Iowa on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The event takes place at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, 520 1st Street NE, Mason City, Iowa. Space is limited. Registration required. Go to flw.eventbrite.com to register.
Read about this and other Wright-related events taking place soon in Mason City here.
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Author and historian Jack Quinan's Weekly Wright Up blog provides an exploration of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa's work (which is the subject of a new book by Robert McCarter) and how Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas may have provided influence. Read it here.
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Joe Siry's Beth Sholom Synagogue: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011, was recently named a finalist for the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in the visual arts category. Read more about it here.
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