Speaking of Richard Nickel, don't miss the next meeting of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's Readers at Robie House book discussion group, where Architect John Vinci and Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson will recall their work with preservationist Richard Nickel on the anniversary of his tragic death. Copies of Richard Nickel’s Chicago and Richard Nickel Dangerous Years will be available at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore for purchase.
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The Chicago Tribune reports on last Sunday's author talk and book signing of the new book, Richard Nickel Dangerous Years which was held at the Kalo Foundation's Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge, IL. The article discusses Richard Cahan's work on publishing the legacy of preservationist and photographer Richard Nickel. Read more here.
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Thomas A. Heinz, AIA sends a note that he recently received a copy of the new book Close-Up View of Froebel's Kindergarten: With Frank Lloyd Wright at the Drawing Table by author Wallace J. Rogers, Ph.D. As Tom states in his message,
"it is 1032 pages long. It is a most wonderful understanding and explanation as well as examples taken from and to Froebel and Wright's work at all levels of detail. Anyone who gets the book will much more fully understand what Wright really got from Froebel and how he used it."
Find out more info and get your copy here.
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Today is the 128th birthday of sculptor, designer, and Frank Lloyd Wright associate, Alfonso Iannelli. The Kalo Foundation, which oversees the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge, IL is putting together an exhibit of Iannelli designs that will be on display beginning March 5, 2016. They are also hosting a special "Meet and Greet" with author David Jameson and yours truly on March 13, 2016. Copies of Alfonso Iannelli Modern by Design and Everyday Modern: The Industrial Designs of Alfonso Iannelli will be available for signing and purchase. Come out and celebrate Alfonso Iannelli with us! More info about Iannelli here.
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As commonplace as they are today, when many of these Midwestern suburbs were being built in the 1950s and 60s, the Mod churches were shockingly new...so much so, that some critics feared for the future of Protestantism.
Author Gretchen Buggeln writes about this rise and impact of these Mod buildings of worship in her new book, The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America. Read an article about it here and if your interested, get your copy here.
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There's a new Frank Lloyd Wright-related book debuting at the upcoming holiday event at the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park (FLWEP) in St. Louis, MO this Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm. Written by architectural historian Jane King Hession, The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park: The Kraus House documents the Usonian in rich detail. Read more here, watch a video here, and get your copy here.
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'Tis the season for shopping and gift giving! If you have architecture lovers on your list, then you're in luck! The new book titled Richard Nickel: Dangerous Years by authors Richard Cahan and Mike Williams and published by City Files Press is a must have for anyone that is fascinated by architecture and also by the lengths people will go to preserve it. More after the jump...
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.
Photo: Wright's Elam House/Denes Saari And Maria Forrai Saari
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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Author David Jameson will be at the Iannelli Studios (255 N. Northwest Hwy. in Park Ridge, IL) on Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 1-4 pm signing copies of his new book, Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli. For more info follow the link or contact Judy Barclay at (847) 692-4297.
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Paul U. sends a link to an event in Miami, FL where Kenneth Treister, architect and author of The Fusion of Art & Architecture: The Judaic Work of Kenneth Treister, will discuss the importance of uniting architecture and art to create sacred spaces. The event takes place 7pm on Monday, November 2, 2015 at Temple Israel located 137 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132. More details here.
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Here's a link to a gallery of images highlighting the life work of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, John H. Howe. If this peaks your interest, then be sure to check out the new book, John H. Howe, Architect, which showcases even more. See the gallery here.
Image credit: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (The Museum of Modern Art/Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University)
Jane King Hession, co-author of John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design, recently spoke with Minnesota Public Radio about the life, legacy, and new book on Howe. Listen here.
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Author David Jameson and Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago, Tim Samuelson, both appeared yesterday on WTTW's nightly news program, Chicago Tonight, to discuss the new book on the industrial design work of Alfonso Iannelli. Watch the segment here and be sure to pick up your copy of the new book here.
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The new book (and an exhibit) about the the industrial designs of Alfonso Iannelli and the Iannelli Studios was launched over the weekend at Millikin University. The book, titled Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli, was written by David Jameson (author of the previous and comprehensive Iannelli book), with preface by Tim Samuelson, introduction by Victoria Matranga, and designed by yours truly! Published by Millikin University's press, Bronze Man Books, the 172 page softcover book features over 200 photos, drawings, and plans showcasing the prodigious designs the Iannelli Studios produced for appliances, bathroom fixtures, trophies, personal care products, lighting, and more. Order your copy here and if you're in the Decatur, IL area be sure to check out the exhibit of original artwork and vintage appliances in the Perkinson Gallery of the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
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The Huffington Post recently reviewed the new book by author Tom Alphin called The LEGO Architect which strives to explore and explain the built world through the ubiquitous plastic brick. The most important thing someone can build after reading the book is an appreciation for the importance of architecture. Read more here.
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Word comes to me via Tim Q. and John C. that there will be a book signing and an exhibition closing party for the new Jack H. Howe book, John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design, on September 9, 2015. More info on the book here.
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The new book by Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scholarly Clients: William and Mary Heath focuses on the story of one of Wright’s most influential clients who enjoyed a relationship of over thirty years with the architect and uses a multitude of previously unpublished family images to tell the story. More after the jump...
PrairieMod reader, Randy H., sends word that Taschen has released a cheaper single volume redux version of their previous 3-volume monograph of Wright's complete works. Check it out here and order yours today.
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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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