The 2015 Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour takes place June 20, from 1-5 pm and on the tour roster is Frank Lloyd Wright's Walker House, the iconic MCM masterpiece that looks like a ship setting sail into the Pacific Ocean. Read more about the event here and find out how to get tickets here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has announced the five winners of this year's Wright Spirit Award, given out at the annual Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference held this year in Milwaukee/Racine. Read more after the jump...
Wright home owner, Maggie Hein, recently gave a presentation on the labor of love rehabbing The Perry House in the Ravine Bluffs community of Glencoe, IL. Read more about it here.
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Mark Hertzberg shares photos from recent Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebrations at Taliesin in Spring Green, WI and at SC Johnson in Racine, WI. Check them out at Wright in Racine.
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The Evansville Courier & Press reports that William B. Scott, Jr. of the OAD Archives will be delivering a lecture titled “William Wesley Peters: The Evansville Years,” which will focus on Peters’ years as an architect in Evansville from 1934-1936. The event takes place on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7 pm in Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway University Center at the University of Evansville, IN and is free and open to the public. Follow the link for more info.
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Did you miss last Sunday's tour of three Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in the metro Detroit area that was hosted by Lawrence Technological University's College of Architecture and Design? Then follow the link to see some photos and a video of what you missed. If you're lucky, LTU will host another event like this one in the future.
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Registration is now open for the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference, titled Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laboratory, which takes place September 30 - October 4 in Milwaukee & Racine, WI. In addition to a slate of engaging lectures and expert panels discussing a range of Wright-related topics, The 26th annual conference, will host people from around the world to tour 15 buildings designed and built by Wright at various stages of his career, plus houses by Taliesin apprentices and contemporaries such as John Howe, Russell Barr Williams, and John Randal McDonald. Get all the details here by downloading a preview brochure and be sure to register early so you don't miss this exciting event!
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If you have not already gotten your tickets for this weekend's "Wright & Like" architectural tour in Madison, WI, then what are you waiting for? It's your chance to see a gaggle of fantastic Frank Lloyd Wright houses, as well as homes by a few Taliesin apprentices. Get details and your tickets here.
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Seattle area architecture enthusiasts will be interested in a lecture at the Frye Museum on Thursday June 4, 2015. The lecture by Sidney K. Robinson will consider Bruce Goff as an artist whose architecture, music, and paintings serve as stimulants to further creative work by those who engage his example. As a resident of the Ford house for nearly 30 years, Sidney K. Robinson is still learning to live a creative life as he daily enjoys the privilege of taking care of a major American architectural achievement, Bruce Goff's Ford house. More info here.
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The Elmhurst Patch reports that the Elmhurst Historic Preservation Commission will conduct two tours of private residences and commercial buildings of architectural and historical significance on July 18, 2015. According to this article, the tour will be making stops at buildings designed by world-famous architects Walter Burley Griffin, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van de Rohe as well as local notables E. E. Roberts, Berkeley Brandt, H. G. Fiddelke, Harold Zook, and E. Norman Bridges. Read more details on how to sign-up for the tour here.
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Come to Richland Center, Wisconsin on Saturday June, 6, 2015 to experience Ocoochapalooza, the downtown music festival. The A.D. German Warehouse will be open that day from 10 am to 4 pm celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright's 148th birthday with cake and refreshments. There will be live music, carriage rides, and more. For details, follow the link.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Fontana Boathouse will be on upcoming Explore Buffalo tours June 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 1 to 2 pm and June 6, 11 am to 12 pm. The tour includes both the exterior and interior of the Boathouse, providing an in-depth look at a masterpiece of prairie-style design. Get more info and sign up here.
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The Mahopac Historic House Tour on June 20, 2015 will give participants a chance to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Massaro House and the actually Wright-designed Chahroudi Cottage on Petra Island. Tickets for a tour of all three houses are $85 and take place 10 am, 11 am, noon, and 1 pm. Boat transportation is included courtesy of Mahopac Marine and the Melchner Family. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
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The Chicago Tribune recently spotlighted the May 17, 2015 annual house walk held in Wilmette, Illinois. The quotation marks around the event's name, "Preserving Our Past", are probably apt since Wilmette is not necessarily known for preservation (Irving House anyone?) Anyway, one of the featured four century-old homes included a 1903 Prairie-era residence reportedly by Tallmadge and Watson with the remnants of a Jens Jensen landscape design. Read more about the event here.
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This past weekend was a busy one for architecture mavins. If you were not able to make it to Evansville, IN on Saturday to tour the Peters-Margedant House before it's moved to the University of Evansville, then follow the link to watch a news video clip on the recent event. Your next chance to see it will be after its been moved and restored, so stay tuned.
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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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The George M. Millard House will be are having an open house this coming Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 1-3pm to coincide with the annual Wright Plus Housewalk on Saturday. "Wrightians" in the area might want to stay an extra day and swing by this stunning Prairie gem to see it firsthand. Who knows, you may be the next stewards of this wonderful Wright design. Check out the listing here.
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Lawrence Technological University (LTU) will be celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday weekend by hosting a tour of three of the architect's Usonian homes in Southeast Michigan: Bloomfield Hills’ Elizabeth Affleck and Melvyn Maxwell houses, and the beautiful Usonian Automatic, Dorothy H. Turkel House, in Detroit. The event takes place June 7, 2015 and costs $125 per person. Portions of the proceeds will benefit restoration of the Affleck House, which is owned by LTU. Call LTU at (248)204-2303 to register for the event, or sign up here.
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The Chicago Tribune recently featured the Wright-designed Coonley House (which is for sale for $2.1 million). I'm getting really excited to see this iconic Prairie home on the upcoming Wright Plus Housewalk, which takes place on May 16, 2015. Incredibly, it appears a few tickets are still available if you don't want to miss this opportunity to see this Wright masterpiece as well. Get them here.
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Eric O'Malley and Bryan Kelly (co-founders of PrairieMod.com) aren't architectural historians, but they do have a passion for Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy. This passion has driven them to develop new ways to connect with fellow Wright enthusiasts through innovative and totally unique experiences like the Wright Society Virtual Summit and now Weekly Wright. Find out more after the jump...
Larry Z. sends word that Urban Archaeology will be exhibiting works at the Spring Masters New York show by Samuel Yellin, Edgar Brandt, Walter Kantack, Louis Katona, Hector Guimard, sculptures attributed to J.L. Mott, and urns and statues by Fonderies d'Art du Val d'Osne in Paris. I especially like the Art Deco doors/side panels by Louis Katona that are shown. Get all the 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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An upcoming lecture that's part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Community Enrichment Series focuses on the collaboration between Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jenson in the Ravine Bluffs community of Glencoe, IL. The lecture, featuring preservation consultant Gwen Sommers Yant, will take place 7 pm, Thursday, May 7 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, IL. Admission is $8 and free for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members and volunteers. Get details and register here.
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Just in time to wear to the Saturday May 16, 2015 Wright Plus annual housewalk, the limited edition Wright Plus t-shirt is now available to order at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's online shop. Designed again this year by yours truly, this year's shirt features the iconic Coonley House exterior tile frieze design (which housewalk attendees will be lucky enough to see in person this year!)
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SC Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson announced on Tuesday April 14, 2015, a $1 million dollar gift and regional sponsorship of the Chicago Architectural Biennial, during a press conference alongside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Making its inaugural debut October 3, 2015 through January 3, 2016, the free, city-wide event will be the largest international gathering of contemporary architecture in North America, featuring full-scale installations, interactive projects and new technologies, allowing visitors to experience architecture in new and unexpected ways.
SC Johnson will offer Biennial visitors free shuttle service to view SC Johnson’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings on its historic Racine, WI campus as part of the event. Read more about this exciting sponsorship here.
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The Pleasant Home Foundation will be hosting a special "Walk & Talk with George W. Maher" with architectural historians Kathleen Cummings, Bill Hinchliff and Kris Hartzell for a tour of a Maher home in Evanston, IL and the surrounding neighborhood on Sunday, April 26 at 11:00 am. Get details here.
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Chicago Magazine reports that the largest portion of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Coonley estate in Riverside, IL will hit the market this week for $2.1 million. The multi-building estate is one of the most important works of architecture in Wright's career and it would be a dream come true to see the chopped-up estate restored back to its original and whole incarnation. In the mean time, if you have not gotten tickets to see the Coonley house on this year's Wright Plus annual housewalk, then time is running out! Read the article here and get tickets to Wright Plus here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin has posted the official line-up for this year's Wright & Like tour and it looks spectacular. The event takes place June 6, 2015 in Madison, WI and will feature a bevvy of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes, as well as homes designed by his apprentices. Follow the link to see all the details and to order your tickets while they last!
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Just to remind readers, the Society of Architectural Historians 68th Annual International Conference takes place April 15–19 (Wednesday–Sunday) at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North, 350 W Mart Center Dr, Chicago. Some events will be held in off-site venues. Check the program for a complete list of locations. More info after the jump...
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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