According to this Reuters article, the Finnish government rejected the proposal to have a 140 million euro Guggenheim Museum built in Helsinki. Worries about governance and costs helped "Finnish" the Guggenheim proposal (sorry, couldn't resist). Read more about it here.
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Mike Cunnington wites to remind us that the Gunning House (aka "Glenbrow"), designed by Taliesin-trained architect Theo Van Fossen, is still very much in danger of being lost. Listed as one of Ohio's most endangered architectural pieces, it was recently taken off the market due to the death of the owner, but still very much in needed of restoration help. If you have the courage to save this fantastic piece of architecture, please contact Columbus Landmarks today.
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PrairieMod readers know I've got a thing for preservation long shots. Case in point: the saving of the First Christian Church building in Cedar Rapids, IA that is connected to Louis Sullivan and has beautiful Louis Millet art glass windows definitely looks like a long shot. But the one thing I know is that if you get enough people who care behind a project, anything is possible! More after the jump...
There's plenty of buzz around the Energizing Taliesin West™ program that brings solar power and energy conservation programs to the 75-year-old architectural icon. Studio Lux has joined the program, serving in a multifaceted role. As stated in a recent PR release "We will introduce lighting technology that advances the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's goals, improves the quality of light in areas of the facility, and most importantly embraces the original design intent while using efficient, sustainable technology." Read the entire statement here.
An extra bonus to this Energizing Taliesin West™ story came from PrairieMod reader, John Clouse, who sends a few photos from a recent trip to T-West of the construction site where the solar arrays will be installed. Thanks John!
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Blow out the candles--today is Alfonso Iannelli's birthday! He was born February 17, 1888 in the hilly Italian village of Andretta. Celebrate by learning more about why saving his Park Ridge home and studio was so important.
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Blair Kamin's recent article in the Chicago Tribune discusses the unlikely pairing of architect Jeanne Gang's creative vision and the reputation-sullied Chicago suburb of Cicero. Ms. Gang's idea on display at a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York re-imagines Cicero as a "Vertical Neighborhood" meets the "Born-Again Factory." Intrigued? Read more here and see a graphic about Gang's idea here.
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Blair Kamin has been thoroughly covering Chicago's Navy Pier re-design competition (of which the 5 finalist designs were recently unveiled) on his blog, Cityscapes.
One thing Blair wants to makes sure is squelched is the propensity by some of the competitors to attribute the phrase that Chicago's lakefront should remain "forever open, clear and free" to Daniel Burnham. Burnham did not say that. Read more about it here.
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Scott T. sends sad news for those of us that appreciate progressive architecture and its history: The endangered Marshall Erdman office designed by architect William Kaeser in Madison, WI that we brought to your attention in September 2011 is now a pile of rubble. It's a real shame and waste--but I guess "progress" cannot be bothered with such things as historic buildings. As we learn more on the story of its demise, we'll let readers know.
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Oak Park trustees voted unanimously this week to move forward with the construction of the $91 million tower project at Lake Street and Forest Avenue. The "tower" is much reviled by local historic architecture fans, but the fact it will feature two floors of retail space and 270 apartments hold appeal for those who want to move the Village's business prospects into the 21st century. We'll see how it plays out. Read more here.
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Here's an interesting piece in the Capital Times that cites Taliesin's Charles Montooth, who back in 1972 said it would be short-sighted to remove thousands of miles of rail lines that service small communities and business because the railroads saw them as "non-profitable" in the wake of the new interstate systems being built. According to writer Dave Zweifel, that warning should have been heeded. Read more here.
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"In the St. Paul church bulletin (Park Ridge) a young man named Mike Kapst is planning to help renovate Iannelli Studios for his Eagle Scout project for Troop 24. He's going to build a 16' x 6' display case and also refurbish ceilings and walls. Thought it might be worth writing up. Donations to Troop 24 at St. Paul of the Cross, 320 S. Washington, Park Ridge, IL 60068. He can be reached at 847-696-1305 or firstname.lastname@example.org".
Thanks Andrew for the news. I'm glad to see that people of all age groups are interested in historic preservation. Hopefully getting the news out will generate some help for Mike Kapst and the Iannelli Studios!
Photograph by Richard Nickel, courtesy of the Richard Nickel Committee, Chicago, Illinois
Green Builder Media, North America’s leading media company focused on sustainable living, recently announced the winners of its 4th Annual Green Builder Home of the Year Awards. With entries from across the nation, the judges chose ten outstanding projects displaying the best and most cutting-edge green residential building.
This year’s winning entries include designs that range from small and simple to super-efficient luxury proving that building sustainably can be done on any budget. Image Design, LLC was proud to be one of the winners of this years award for their "River Escape" project. This is the second time in the award's four year history that they have won the award (2009 GreenBuilder Home of the Year Award was for the "Vineyard" Project). Find out more here.
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When news of the destruction of the Bruce Goff-designed Bavinger House in Norman, OK surfaced, it was surrounded by rumor, confusion and conflicting reports. With the help of several people closely associated with Goff's work and interested in its preservation,we've been doing our best to keep readers informed of the latest news concerning this iconic work of Organic Architecture. Recently, some new info came to light that adds to this saga. Learn more after the jump...
Blair Kamin's Cityscapes blog reports on the news that Steven Holl, a New York architect responsible for a Nelson Atkins Museum addition in Kansas City and a University of Iowa arts building, has been awarded the 2012 American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal. Read more about it here.
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A disturbing story comes out of Norman, OK. Apparently the severely storm damaged Bruce Goff-designed Bavinger House is now being sold-off in pieces by its owner, according to the home's website. This is appalling, since it means that this important work of Organic Architecture will never be allowed the chance at a full restoration and instead have the remnants of its architectural corpse scattered to the four corners of the globe. I urge people interested in the plight of this building to contact the Friends of Kebyar to see if anything can be done.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today it has hired nationally honored not-for-profit executive Sean Malone to serve as the organization’s next President and CEO. Malone comes to The Foundation with more than 20 years of nonprofit sector experience, including leadership roles for the past 15 years at Ten Chimneys Foundation. On February 1, 2012, Malone will take over for interim-President and CEO Anne Maley who is stepping down in early 2012 and who will assist in the transition. Read more after the jump...
After successfully hosting many new out-of-town visitors during the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national conference last month, Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff is building additional momentum as a heritage tourism destination by harnessing the continuing support of two local corporations to welcome future visitors. Read more after the jump...
St. Louis County is in financial duress and that means painful cuts. On the chopping block are county parks and their associated jobs. This is of note for architecture lovers, due to the fact that one of the smaller parks in jeopardy is Kirkwood's Ebsworth Park, which is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kraus House. The non-profit organization that oversees the house museum has a lease with the county's park and could have that relationship wrecked as a result. Read more about it here.
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President Obama gave Prairie School props to Walter Burley Griffin on his recent visit to Canberra, Australia saying :
"I know I am not the first guy from Chicago to come to these parts,’’ he said. ‘‘A century ago, Walter Burley Griffin came here with a vision for this city. He said, ‘I have planned a city that is not like any other in the world’. Tonight I want to thank all of you and the people of Australia for the hospitality that is unlike any other in the world.’’
As readers may know, Canberra is the city Griffin and wife Marion Mahony influenced through their competition winning design in 1912.
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Blair Kamin's Cityscapes rails against the new Bank of America ads "uglifying" Chicago's Wabash Avenue Bridge—an aesthetically misplaced attempt by the cash-strapped city to raise extra revenue.
Maybe if we take the musical advice of an animated Paul Anka from the classic Simpsons Halloween episode Attack of the 50-foot Eyesores and "Just Don't Look" they will lose their power, disappear sooner, and never return. One can only hope. Read more here.
Images via http://simpsonswiki.net & Cityscapes blog
The Kalo Foundation recently enjoyed a visit from a very special vistor to the Iannelli Studios building in Park Ridge, IL. Katy Ralph grew up knowing the Iannelli's and returned to see the building Kalo has worked so hard to save from destruction. Read more about this remarkable story after the jump...
Tucsoncitizen.com reports on the steady progress at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to rebuild and regenerate itself after years of legal and financial trouble. The article reports that they are closer to choosing a new CEO, forging new partnerships, and increasing public outreach. This is good news and a positive step towards a future of stability and growth. Read more here.
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Computer and Design visionary, Steve Jobs passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. His genius lay in the ability to make the technology items we use everyday "Useful and Beautiful." Read more about the man and his legacy here.
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Last week we reported on some important Wright-designed objects that will be up for auction October 3, 2011 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Turns out, the items are being liquidated from the collection of Ralph Esmerian, the bankrupt jewelry dealer, who was sentenced to six years in prison for massive fraud. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is undergoing a search for a new President/CEO to provide strategic leadership to the organization as it continues its varied work to preserve Wright’s legacy. Interested? Get details here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that the Wrigley Company is going to leave the Wrigley building its occupied on Michigan Avenue in Chicago for more than 90 years by the end of 2012. Read all about it here. Thanks to Mark Hertzberg for the link.
Image credit: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune
Mark Hertzberg sent a link to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum's "wings" being a little off kilter and causing a stir among people who saw its lopsided look. Turns out, the wings were undergoing a little maintenance check-up and lopsided for a reason. Read more here.
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This just in: Frank Lloyd Wright's California Textile Block masterpiece, the 1924 Ennis House has be sold to business executive Ron Burkle for just under $4.5 million. This is wonderful news and Mr. Burkle's commitment to complete the rehabilitation of this important iconic architectural work is heartening as well. Read the Ennis House Foundation's statement on the sale here.
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Lee Bey reports that John S. Van Bergen-designed the Fox River Country Day School in Elgin, IL has announced it will close due to shrinking enrollment and rising costs. Unfortunately, this means the future of the building and its large campus is in doubt. Read more and see photos here.
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Today is full of good news! After first calling attention to the danger the Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, IL faced of being lost, PrairieMod received the news today that the Kalo Foundation has made a successful bid to acquire the building and an agreement has been signed! Read the details after the jump...
With all the challenges facing this country, stirring the pot over energy efficient standards for light bulbs seems pretty low on the list. However, the phasing out of traditional incandescent bulbs controversy has been a heated topic recently. Luckily, Gregory Karp of the Chicago Tribune sheds some light on some of the complaints and mis-information dimming the issue. Read it here.
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Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory, the century-old historic building, sustained an unbelievable amount of damage due to a hail storm that hit the city last night. Unfortunately, the glass building did not fare well and the building is now closed indefinitely until repairs can be made. Read more about it here. Thanks to PrairieMod reader Molly M. for the news.
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