Yesterday was a busy and exciting day for Frank Lloyd Wright-enthusiasts. The announcement of finding a positively identified (and factually supported) new Wright House is big news. Now, Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin is offering its members a chance to tour the new American System-Built House in Madison this Sunday! More info after the jump...
David Patterson sends word that on Thursday, October 22nd, at 7:00, he'll be giving a talk called "Frank Lloyd Wright, 'Organicism,' and the Long Shadow of Beethoven" at the historic Second Presbyterian Church on 1936 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The talk is preceded by a reception beginning at 6:00pm. The church itself is an extraordinary space -- the most complete Arts and Crafts church in the United States, I'm told. Its congregation once included the Wackers, the Pullmans, and a number of other Prairie Avenue types. I'd encourage you to come even if just to see the space! More info at left and here.
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It was an gray, overcast Autumn day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but still a great afternoon to enjoy a tour of amazing architecture during the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference. More after the jump...
Day 2 of the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI was another one chock full of wonderful preservation-related discussions and amazing afternoon tours. Get all the details after the jump...
The first full day of the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was full of thought-provoking lectures, panel discussions, and amazing tours of Wright architecture. Get the details and see photos after the jump...
We arrived in downtown Milwaukee this evening filled with anticipation in advance of the first full day of activities for the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference, which kicks off tomorrow morning.
As a special treat to kick things off, we have a report from the pre-conference tour that took place earlier today. Several lucky conference attendees had a chance to enjoy a roaming tour and picnic lunch at Frank Lloyd Wright's 1939 Bernard Schwartz House (aka "Still Bend") in Two Rivers, WI.
Michael Ditmer, one of the owners of the Usonian home, sent word that they took the opportunity to turn the event into a 75th anniversary celebration for the Schwartz House with a fancy cake and special surprise unveiling. Find out more after the jump...
This week's big architecture event is the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Milwaukee which officially starts tomorrow morning and runs through Saturday. But Michael B. reminds us that if you don't have plans for the Sunday after the Conference, then head over to Richland Center, WI to experience the 2015 “Tour of Homes,” hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Richland Foundation. It is scheduled for Sunday, October 4, from 11am – 4pm with the opportunity to tour four unique area homes, including one by Art Dyson and Herb Fritz, Jr. Plus you can see Wright's A.D. German Warehouse. More details here.
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The end of this week brings the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy 2015 Conference to Milwaukee, WI. Running September 30-October 4, 2015, the conference is titled "Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Laboratory" and will feature tours of more than 15 of these Wright buildings, educational sessions that explore the importance of Wisconsin on Frank Lloyd Wright’s life/work, special events in houses by Wright apprentices and contemporaries, a silent auction with one-of-a-kind Wright items and experiences, the Wright Spirit Awards gala, and more.
If you can't make the conference this year, then PrairieMod has you covered! We'll be providing wrap-ups of each day's events on the blog for PrairieMod readers to enjoy and feel connected. Stay tuned and Wright on!
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering a combined tour of two of its popular sites in partnership with the fall Chicago Architecture Biennial. The afternoon bus tours, which include commentary by expert guides, will visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL. and the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. More after the jump...
Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday October 17, 2015 to attend the annual symposium, An Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright, hosted by the Friends of Cedar Rock held at the American Legion Hall in Quasqueton, IA. This year's speakers are Jerome Klinkowitz, professor of languages and literature at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, and Mark Hertzberg, photo journalist, editor of the Wright in Racine blog, and author of several books on Wright. Get more details here.
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The Chicago Tribune's Pioneer Press reports that the recent Glencoe Historical Society tour of some of the Ravine Bluffs Development's Frank Lloyd Wright houses had some special visitors: Alice Booth LeDoux and her cousin, Mardie Melchin, grandchildren of Sherman and Elizabeth Booth (of the Booth House). Read more here.
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Escape to sunny California this winter and join The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's popular Travel Wright: California Craft excursion. See stunning scenery and enjoy VIP access to public buildings, including Frank Lloyd Wright's famed Hollyhock House and get a look inside the Samuel Freeman House. Visit the Greene and Greene-designed Gamble House and Blacker House in Pasadena, as well as other Californian architectural icons. Trip participants also receive a curator-led tour of the American decorative arts collection at the Huntington Museum and Library. Get all the details here.
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Mark your calendars! The Glencoe Historical Society will be hosting the Wright in Glencoe Housewalk Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 from 10 am-5 pm. It's your chance to tour Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in the Ravine Bluffs Community. Tour tickets cost $95 and are limited, so get yours here, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (847) 835-0040.
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Rick Rann sends word to mark our calendars for the 2015 Century of Progress Homes Tour October 17, 2015. Each tour, which lasts about two hours, includes a look at the Cypress Log Cabin, House of Tomorrow, Florida Tropical House, ArmcoFerro House, and the Wieboldt-Rostone House. Cost is $25 per person. Tickets go on sale at 8 am September 14, 2015 here.
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The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that interior designers Dana Thomas and Scott Borcherding, of Bergland + Cram, will share photos and details of their design decisions while working on the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Historic Park Inn Hotel. The lecture is the inaugural event titled "Wright After Work" and takes place from 5-6:30 pm Thursday August 20, 2015 at the Wright On The Park gift shop, 17 S. Federal Ave in Mason City, IA. Read more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum House, built in 1940 and Alabama's only Wright home, turns 75 years old on August 15, 2015. The Usonian home is now a museum and can be publicly toured. Read more about the house here and plan your trip here.
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Playwright and director Tom Lazarus's new play, "The Princes of Kings Road" presented by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, debuted September 12, 2015 for a four-week run at the Neutra Institute and Museum of Silverlake. The subject of the play is the fateful 1953 hospital room reunion of one-time friends and collaborators turned bitter rivals, architects R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra. Find out more about it here.
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Taliesin Apprentice, John H. Howe, is not only the subject of a new book and exhibit at the University of Minnesota and the subject of a new documentary that you should support, but three of the homes he designed will also will be featured on the 2015 Edina Historical Society’s Historic House Tour on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Check out more info and how to get tickets here.
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The Society of Architectural Historians, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will present an expanded tour program of its National Historic Landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, during the Biennial. Guided tours of the house will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. between October 7 and December 23. All tours are open to the public. More info after the jump...
The Chicago Tribune reports on the the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's new "Wright in the Region" tour series that starts August 18, 2015, which will feature short jaunts to Midwest Wright sites, including ones in Kankakee, IL; Rockford, IL; and Racine, WI. Read more about it here and get tour info and tickets here.
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The Orlando Sentinel reports that Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast, Tim Totten, has been presenting his knowledge and passion for the Architect's work to audiences across Florida and in Southern states. He will chronicle Wright's work in Florida at a 6:30 pm presentation on Wednesday August 5, 2015 at the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, FL. Read more here.
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This past week Buffalo, New York hosted the national Pierce Arrow Motor Car Society for their 58th annual meeting. With 58 classic automobiles represented they descended upon the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin D. Martin house, Graycliff, Blue Sky Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery, The Buffalo Transportation Museum, and the Roycroft Inn. The automobiles were extremely fitting at Graycliff, which was built in the era of many of these models. Patrick J. Mahoney was kind enough to send some of his fantastic photos from the event showing these amazing cars at these equally amazing works of architecture. See them all after the jump...
The Chicago Art Deco Society recently announced the next speaker in their Leading Scholar Series. On August 5th, Lisa Schrenk will give a talk examining the role of the Century of Progress International Exposition in relation to the development of Art Deco in Chicago. Her focus will be on the Fair's main architecture and sculptural programs. Get more info and sign up for the event here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the organization behind the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial has released its first official video trailer to get people pumped up in advance of the conference that will officially kick off on October 3, 2015 and last through January 3, 2016. See 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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Globegazette.com reports that the subject of the next Lunch ‘n Learn at the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, IA will be "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Style of Architecture." It will be presented at 11:30 am on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Nancy and Chuck Sweetman. Find out more info here.
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Tickets are now on sale for a special housewalk on September 20, 2015 to celebrate the centennial of Frank Lloyd Wright's Ravine Bluffs development in Glencoe, IL. As stated on the website, The Glencoe Historical Society hosts "a curated tour of Ravine Bluffs, view the interiors of four of the Wright-designed Glencoe homes and be the first to see a special exhibit on Wright in Glencoe that includes new research and never-before-seen photographs and drawings." If all of that sounds too good to miss, then get your tickets here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that the western suburb of Chicago, Elmhurst, will be hosting two separate trolly tours of the exteriors of 10 of their architectural highlights (including works by Wright, Griffin, and Mies van der Rohe) on July 18, 2015. Read more here.
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Join the Dana-Thomas House Foundation as they host their annual summer gala, "Jazz in Bloom" on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 6-9 pm. The magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright-designed courtyard will be filled with great Jazz music by the Sam Crain Trio as guests enjoy delicious food and beverages and a truly fabulous silent/live auction. The event is $60 per person and includes all food and beverages. Reservations may be made online at dana-thomas.org.
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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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