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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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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