Spring is finally here, and that means that the architectural tour season is right around the corner. The two I always look forward to every year are the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's Wright Plus Housewalk and Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin's Wright & Like tour.
Both of this year's tours look exceptional, with several exciting works by Wright open for touring including the Coonley House, Balch House, Pew House, Jacobs 1 and 2 Houses, and more. Wright Plus is on May 16, 2015 and Wright & Like will take place on June 6, 2015. Check out both links above to get additional info and find out how to get your tickets before they sell out!
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The response to the upcoming Wright Society Virtual Summit on March 25-26, 2015 has been remarkable! Over a thousand people have registered for the event and anticipation is building to watch the special guest expert interviews discussing Frank Lloyd Wright's early work and inspirations. As a special treat, Summit host Bryan Kelly prepared a sneak peek clip from of his recent interview with Tim Samuelson. More after the jump...
In addition to seeing the glass work of Larry and nine other participating artists, there will be a stained glass exhibition, a demonstration of the mysterious angel gilding technique (2pm), a panel discussion with Rolf Achilles, Emily Carlson, and myself (3 pm), and screenings of Emily’s Pecha-Kucha presentation and Particles, a film of stained glass wonder featuring Larry and some of his work (4 pm).
If you're in the area, stop by and enjoy this unique artistic experience—just look for the stained glass sculpture on the sidewalk in front of the address!
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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...
We're getting closer to the launch of The Wright Society Virtual Summit on March 25-26, 2015 and you will not want to miss it!
The FREE event will feature 5 guest experts including Pauline Saliga, Executive Director for the Society of Architectural Historians. This first summit, Starting Wright, will explore Frank Lloyd Wright's early roots and Pauline will address how much design influence Wright had in the Charnley-Persky House (1892) — plus how his work there compares to other Chicago homes like the Winslow House (1893). More info and register for the event here.
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Chris Enck wanted to let PrairieMod know that after much waiting, the John Van Bergen-designed James B. Irving House will finally be moved to the final site this Thursday March 5, 2015 (weather permitting). The house is scheduled to leave the Whole Foods parking lot at Isabella and Green Bay Road at 6:00am and should be through the Central Street business district by about 7:00am. For the remainder of the route the mover anticipates traveling about 1 MPH to the final destination at Crawford Avenue and Old Glenview Road. The City of Evanston put together and a web link with info about the move that you can check out here. Thanks Chris--we'll be excited to see photos of the move and the home being placed in its new home.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that approximately 100 children recently participated in a recent special LEGO event put on by the Glencoe Historical Society as part of the 100th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ravine Bluffs Development. Adam Reed Tucker taught the gaggle of kids to build a replica of the Wright-designed waiting station, which the Society is hoping to raise enough funds to rebuild. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Restoration Resource Center, an extensive archive of resources for the conservation, restoration and preservation of historic buildings, opens March 12, 2015 and is a service available to all Trust members. More after the jump...
The Chicago Tribune reports that Glencoe Park District commissioners voted unanimously to start formal discussions with the Glencoe Historical Society on developing a park space and re-constructing a Wright-designed rail station along the Green Bay Trail. Read more about it here.
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Every Friday evening in April, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present April After Hours at Robie House, a festive, casual gathering with live music and refreshments. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence will be open 5-8 p.m. beginning April 3, and continuing April 10, 17 and 24. Robie House is located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. More after the jump...
Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15–19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the 68th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians. But the conference isn’t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences—conference attendees and the local community—with public programs that include the SAH 75th International Anniversary Celebration at The Rookery, over 30 architectural tours, the SAH Chicago Seminar and the conference plenary talk. More after the jump...
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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Kathleen Skolnik wanted to let PrairieMod readers know about two programs that the Chicago Art Deco Society (CADS) is sponsoring. CADS has invited architect Wilfredo Rodriguez Ramos of Camaguey, Cuba to visit Chicago to meet with architects, preservationists, and educators. CADS initiated this visit some time ago, and it's now become especially timely with the news that the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba may be normalizing. More after the jump...
The frigid cold in Chicago has many of us thinking of the warm sweet weather of May. Another thing to look forward to in May will be the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Out and About Wright 2015 event taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana May 1-3, 2015. Titled "Wright and Modernism in Indiana" the all-day tour planned on Saturday May 2 will visit Wright’s John E. Christian House (aka Samara) and the Richard Davis House. The tour will also include Edward Larrabee Barnes’ Christian Theological Seminary, the Roche-Dinkeloo Pyramids and more.
The tour to Columbus, Indiana and the Miller House reached capacity pretty quickly, so at the moment the FLWBC is only accepting people on a wait list, and if they have enough demand they may add another tour Friday afternoon. Check out more info here and register online here.
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The people behind PrairieMod are announcing a new opportunity for geographically dispersed Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts to gather on-line and watch FREE daily interviews with well-known scholars. This unique on-line gathering is called the Wright Society Virtual Summit, and the inaugural event, STARTING WRIGHT, will explore Wright’s early roots to gain a deeper understanding of his design genius. It takes place Wednesday, March 25 to Thursday, March 26, 2015. Get all the details and register for FREE by following the link.
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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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Just a reminder that stained glass artist Larry Zgoda's exhibition at Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge runs through the 22nd of February. Larry will be at the studios this coming Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm to engage in conversations about the work and other topics. Read more about the show here.
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If you live near central Florida, then you won't want to miss a three-part series of lectures given by architecture enthusiast Timothy Totten on Frank Lloyd Wright. They will take place February 10, 17, and the 24 at the W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St., in Mount Dora, FL. All the lectures start at 10:30 am and are free to the public. More info here.
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Taliesin West has announced its Spring 2015 lecture series entitled "Free and Open to the Public" will explore open-source, pro bono, and public space design by some of the world's leading architects and designers. Follow the link to get more info.
Poster by Garth Lindquist & Michael DesBarres. Image via Taliesin West Lecture Series Facebook page.
When the the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in LA reopens next month after a long restoration period, architecture lovers will be able to see it over a 24-hour period from Feb. 13-14. The city council is going one step further in and having admission be free during that open house. Read more here and plan your visit here.
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Chuck and Nancy Sweetman will explore Frank Lloyd Wright's career in a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Center. The presentation will follow Wright’s career chronologically and will include photos of works from across the country. More info here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has put out the call for papers/panel participants and provided a link to the nomination form for the 2015 Wright Spirit Awards for the 2015 FLWBC Annual Conference that will be held in Milwaukee, WI from September 30-October 4, 2015. The theme of this year's conference is "Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Laboratory." Get more details here.
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Sidney Robinson sends a link to a YouTube video of the unique music and architecture event that was held at Bruce Goff’s historic Ford House in Aurora, IL on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Third Coast Percussion performed their own musical arrangements of architect Bruce Goff’s player piano compositions while Luftwerk created a dynamic lighting installation responding to the house and the music. The video doesn't quite substitute for experiencing the event firsthand, but it gives everyone an idea of what an amazing performance it was. Watch it here.
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Join the Darwin Martin House on June 6-7, 2015 for an unforgettable travel excursion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Package includes one night’s accommodations at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh, exclusive guided visits to private homes designed by Wright apprentices Cornelia Brierly and Peter Berndtson, a reception with Fallingwater’s Director of Preservation, all tours and gratuities, and transportation via motor coach. This extraordinary architectural experience in the city of Pittsburgh and the nearby Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands is not to be missed. For more information, follow the link or call 716-856-3858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sports Car Illustrated reports that the second-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance takes place on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, AZ. As stated in the article, the event will feature 90 cars including "the Pierce-Arrow luxury brand, the 100th anniversary of the Italian design firm Ghia, Ferrari race cars through 1965, and cars once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright". Read more here.
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Today is the last day to enjoy a Yuletide Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff, a short drive but a world away from the stresses of the holidays. Visitors can unwind with a leisurely tour, and enjoy Graycliff’s festive holiday décor amidst the magnificent architecture. Free hot mulled cider is served at the conclusion of tours, and Graycliff’s Pavilion gift shop has lots of choices to help out Santa or Hanukkah Harry. Reservations required; please visit the website here, or call 716-947-9217 for more information and specific tour times.
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Mark H. sends word and a link to the news that the first model of Taliesin West made entirely of LEGOs will be unveiled at the real Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ on January 8, 2015. LEGO Architecture guru, Adam Reed Tucker, spent 40 hours researching the project, 120 hours designing the LEGO model, and 260 hours constructing the final 4' x 8' model. As soon as we have photos, we'll be sure to share. More here.
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The Chicago Architecture Biennial organization recently announced a design competition that asks architects to create a new lakefront kiosk. Entries are due March 23, 2015 and the winner will receive a $10,000 honorarium for development and a budget of $75,000 to realize their design. This is a chance for Organic Architects of all stripes to add something appropriate and beautiful to the most architecturally significant city in America. Get all the details here.
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The Louis Sullivan-designed Chicago Auditorium officially opened 125 years ago today on December 9, 1889. In honor of Chicago's oldest theater and what was billed as "the eighth wonder of the world" when it opened, I dug up and scanned a period hand colored Magic Lantern glass slide of the Auditorium Building from my archival materials. Read about the celebratory events planned for the anniversary here.
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) held its 2014 Awards Gala on November 8, 2014 at The Fortnightly of Chicago. The theme was "A Foundation for Preservation", honoring the work of early initiators and continuing supporters of preservation work in Chicago. The gala’s nearly 200 attendees included architectural historians, architects, preservationists, and others from the Chicago architecture community. The event raised over $45,000 to support the educational mission of SAH and the ongoing restoration of SAH’s landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, which suffered flood damage in August. More after the jump...
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust announced the news that the William E. Drummond-designed "Thorncroft" Residence (1912) in Riverside, IL has been added to the 2015 Wright Plus Housewalk, which takes place on May 16, 2015. Get more details here and pre-order your tickets before they sell out!
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This Saturday, November 29, 2014, will be the closing of the ArchiTech Gallery's last show, with the final gallery closing on December 31, 2014. If you're in the Chicagoland area and love architecture, then be sure to stop by before this institution is gone forever. More info here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright loved Christmas and celebrated it in very traditional ways with his six children in his Oak Park Home and Studio. In honer of the season and this legacy, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will once again offer free holiday tours at the Oak Park Home and Studio on December 13 and 20, 2014. More details after the jump...
Speaking of the Chicago Design Museum: On December 8th from 6-9pm, the Ferrer Foundation and Chicago Design Museum will partner for a very special fundraiser to support youth affected by violence in the Second City. With a shared belief that community and cause-based organizations can fundamentally improve the human condition, Designing Hope For Chicago aims to bring the community together for an evening of art, awareness and inspiration. More after the jump...
The John Toomey Gallery will host an early preview event on Tuesday, November 18th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the gallery in Oak Park, Illinois. This event will include a book signing by Judith Miller, author of the newly released "Arts & Crafts: Living with the Arts & Crafts Style," and wine and hors d'oeuvres. A silent auction featuring a private tour of Crab Tree Farm and a suggested donation of $25.00 benefits the Pleasant Home Foundation and its work to preserve, restore and operate historic Pleasant Home. Please RSVP to this exciting event here. For more information about the silent auction, or to bid online, follow the link.
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its 68th Annual International Conference in Chicago, Illinois, from April 15–19, 2015, with the theme "Chicago at the Global Crossroads". SAH will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the conference, which includes lectures, roundtables, and 36 paper sessions covering topics in architecture, art and architectural history, preservation, landscape architecture, and the built environment.More after the jump...
Joel Hoglund from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy was kind enoughto send information about the newest group of Wright Spirit Award winners, which were presented at the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Confrerence in Phoenix, Arizona. More after the jump...
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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Curbed Chicago reports that Organizers released more details about next October's Chicago Architectural Biennial, the first of its kind in North America and counterbalance to the international version in Venice. The theme of the 2015 Chicago event will be "The State of the Art of Architecture," named after Stanley Tigerman's 1977 conference. Read more about the event here and visit its official website here.
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its fourth annual Awards Gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 6-9 pm, at The Fortnightly of Chicago, 120 East Bellevue Place. The theme of this year’s gala is “A Foundation for Preservation,” honoring individuals who initiated early historic preservation work in Chicago and continue to support the conservation of the built environment. More info after the jump...
It was another beautiful sunny day in Phoenix, Arizona—perfect weather to enjoy a tour of amazing architecture during the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference. More after the jump...
Day 2 of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona was another one chock full of wonderful preservation-related discussions and astonishing afternoon house tours. Get all the details after the jump...
The first day of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona was full of engaging lectures, panel discussions, and an amazing tour of Taliesin West. Get the details and see photos after the jump...
I arrived in Phoenix this afternoon in advance of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference, which starts in full effect tomorrow.
I took the opportunity to head over to Taliesin West with author and photographer, Mark Hertzberg and his lovely wife, Cindy, to catch up with some of our friends there and get a little pre-conference Wright fix. More after the jump...
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust has put tickets on sale and announced the initial line-up of houses for the 41st Annual Wright Plus Housewalk, which will take place on May 16, 2015. This year marks the first time that the event will take place in both Oak Park, IL and Riverside, IL—because the event will include the iconic Avery Coonley Residence and Coonley Stables! Additionally, the Oscar Balch House will be on the tour, as will a handful of other "Plus" homes. Check out the line-up to date and order your tickets here--but do it soon, because this exciting event is sure to sell out!
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