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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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 email@example.com.
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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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