John Clouse sends some information that may interest our PrairieMod readers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Historian Richard L. Kronick, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education, will present a 3-part no-credit course on Prairie School architecture on successive Thursdays in October 2014 -- including tours of three beautiful private homes. More after the jump...
Commissioned to redevelop Chicago’s Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016, landscape architect James Corner stands at the forefront of today’s landscape urbanism movement. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present an evening with James Corner Thursday, Oct. 2 at the University of Chicago. Read more after the jump...
Two poets who inspired Frank Lloyd Wright and his architectural works will be the topic of a September presentation sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust at the Wright-designed Unity Temple in Oak Park. Emerson and Whitman: The Poets Who Inspired Wright, 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, will combine readings of poetry by Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose philosophies had a profound influence on Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural practice. More after the jump...
Don't forget to get your tickets for the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture" house tour on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm. Pleasant Home is sponsoring a docent led interior tour of five 20th Century Modernist homes in Oak Park and River Forest. (Guests can also tour Pleasant Home.) Tickets are $45.00; Pleasant Home Members pay $40.00. Payment can be made by cash, check, or on line. For more information follow the link or email: hruehlemay(AT)pleasanthome.org; or call: 708.383.2654.
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The Lake Geneva Hotel will host a two-part lecture series July 30 and August 27, 2014 titled "A Summer of Architecture 2014" which will feature Delavan area historian Frank Landi discussing Frank Lloyd Wright's work as inspired by Mayan and Japanese architecture. Get details here.
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On October 18, 2014, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is hosting its annual black tie Founders Gala. It will be an especially special year for the event, since it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. There will be cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, and the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts and supporters. Get details and your tickets here.
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Pleasant Home Foundation supporters have the unique opportunity to be part of a special tour of the Schweikher House in Schaumburg, IL. Not regularly opened to the public, this architectural masterpiece is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized by The American Institute of Architects as one of the top 150 architectural sites in Illinois. Reservations are limited - first come, first served, $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Tickets are going fast, reserve your space now before we sell out!
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Steve Konick at the Currier Museum of Art wanted to let PrairieMod readers know that an award-winning local (Manchester, NH) theater troupe called theatre KAPOW will be doing a play reading of "Work Song," a play about the turbulent life of Frank Lloyd Wright. It's this Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2 pm. More details here. Be sure to see the Wright-designed Zimmerman House while you're there!
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From the Kalo Art Craft Community House where the Chicago silver industry was born to the Park Ridge studio of noted artist Alfonso Iannelli, who helped design the world famous Pickwick Theater and sculpted the Rock of Gibraltar on the Prudential Building in Chicago, The Kalo Foundation's historic tours initiative will premier at the Taste of Park Ridge and will highlight the larger narrative of the artists’ colony that flourished in Park Ridge at the turn of the 20th Century and beyond. More after the jump...
Wright in Kankakee sends word that they will be hosting a special event on Friday July 19-20, 2014 at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed B. Harley Bradley House. The event will feature various fine artists showing and selling their art work. Doors will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5. There will also be a special preview party on the 18th (see info at left). For more information follow the link or contact Janice Miller at 815-933-ARTS or email email@example.com.
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The Buffalo News announces that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed filling station (originally designed in 1927 but never realized until now) will officially open to the public at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum on Friday June 27, 2014. More info here and here.
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The Pleasant Home Foundation will be hosting historians Kathleen Cummings and Bill Hinchliff on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 2:30 - 4:30pm for a walk along the beautiful streets of Kenilworth, IL as they talk about George W. Maher’s role in the town's development. The first in a series of walks, this one includes an interior tour of an 1892 Maher-designed house and guided talks about neighboring houses. Proceeds benefit the Pleasant Home Foundation. $10 at the door, $8 for PHF members. Meet at the train station at Kenilworth Avenue and Green Bay Road, Kenilworth, IL. Contact (708) 383-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the Chicago Tribune announcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plans for a 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which strives to be North America's biggest survey of international contemporary architecture. Taking a page from Venice's similar architectural exposition, Chicago aims to showcase digital renderings, scale models, photographs and additional displays at the Chicago Cultural Center near Millennium Park. Read more about it here.
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Did you miss Wright & Like this year? Well, thanks to a link from Scott T., you can catch a glimpse of one of the houses that was on the tour, the LaVerne and Mollie Lantz Residence in Delafield, Wisconsin. The Journal Sentinel article interviews Mollie about the home designed by her late architect husband. Read it and see more photos here.
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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its founding, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) will hold its annual conference, "Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25", in Phoenix, Arizona. This year will be a celebration for the Conservancy, a look back at what the organization has accomplished—and a look ahead. More after the jump...
Public online voting for the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize, which recognizes excellence in North Carolina Modernist residential design, begins June 15. Sponsored by the award-winning non-profit architecture organization North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the Matsumoto Prize is a juried competition which also includes public voting to determine three “People’s Choice” winners. Anyone in the world can vote by email (one time per email address) after viewing submissions posted on the NCMH website. More info after the jump...
Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog features two updates this morning after a busy weekend. One showcases the open house that took place at the Wright-designed A.D. German Warehouse in Richland Center, WI. The other features the yearly gathering at Taliesin North to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday (which was yesterday, June 8). Read them both here.
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On Friday, June 6, 2014, the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. formally unveiled its recently two most recently completed projects: restoration of floors in the Isabelle R. Martin House and installation of a new fire suppression system, as well as upgrades for visitor readiness in the M&T Visitor Pavilion at Graycliff. Read more after the jump...
It's a busy week in the world of Wright! This week also marks the grand opening of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian masterpiece, the Kenneth Laurent House in Rockford, IL. The home was save by a local group at auction, has been restored and made ready for public tours as one of the newest house museums. Read more about the home and how you an visit here.
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We're less than a week out from Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin's annual "Wright & Like" tour takes place on Saturday June 7, 2014 and you're not going to want to miss this one! This year's driving tour takes place in the communities of Columbus, Dousman, Wales and Delafield, WI and tour goers can expect to see some amazing Organic Architecture. Follow the link to get more info and reserve your tickets.
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For the first time ever, Millennium Park will partner with WTTW (PBS) for a public screening of an award-winning documentary about a pioneering landscape architect described as “Poet of the Prairie, Maker of Public Parks and Prophet of Conservation.” The award-winning, “Jens Jensen The Living Green” will air on The Screen at Pritzker Pavilion, and on Chicago’s WTTW (PBS), on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m. More info after the jump...
The Board of Directors of the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy (ADGWC) are inviting the public to an open house at the Warehouse located at 300 South Church St. in Richland Center on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 2 to 4:30 pm The event celebrates what would be Frank Lloyd Wright's 147th birthday on June 8 and the 40th anniversary of the Warehouse inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. There will be a short program at 3 pm to recognize Glenn and Mary Schnadt for their generous gift to the Richland Center community. ADGWC will then unveil the National Register plaque as well as cut Mr. Wright's birthday cake. Come learn how you may become involved in this one of a kind project. For additional information call 608.604.5034 or email Lon Arbegust at email@example.com.
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The Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, VT will host H. Nicholas Muller III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, on June 4 at 7 pm to discuss “Fallingwater: An American Masterpiece,” as part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series, a free event open to the public. Get more details here.
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The architectural house tour season is officially underway and, in a few weeks, Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin will host their annual "Wright & Like" tour event. This year, it's a driving excursion around the Columbus-Dousman-Wales-Delafield area to see several outstanding examples of Organic Architecture. Read all the details and get your tickets here.
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If you have not gotten your tickets for the fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America, which takes place in Mason City, IA on May 30-31, 2014 then what are you waiting for? In addition to being able to hear some fantastic speakers, it's your opportunity to tour some of the city's amazing Wright and Griffin-design treasures. Learn more here.
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The LA Times reminds us that this weekend (May 18, 2014), six Rudolph Schindler-designed Silver Lake-area private homes will be open to the public as part of a benefit for the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. Read more about it here. If any PrairieMod readers go, please send photos and some notes on your experience so we can share with everyone.
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On Friday, May 16 from 5-7pm, Pleasant Home and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace will present a special combined tour of both historic homes including food and drinks. Tickets are $25 per person, available at www.pleasanthome.org. Contact Heidi at (708) 383-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
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Today is the official day that public tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin begin! To celebrate the occasion, Mark Hertzberg has posted some fantastic views from inside the remarkable building at his blog, Wright in Racine. See them here and then reserve your tour spot here.
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Time is running out to get your tickets for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's "All Wright" Housewalk, which takes place on May 17, 2014 in Oak Park/River Forest, IL. It's a rare chance to see a bevvy of original Wright private home designs inside and out. Get your tickets here before they are sold out!
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Two popular guided tours returning in June serve as an invitation from the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to experience the wealth of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in the Chicago area, where the legendary architect worked the first 20 years of his career and developed his signature Prairie style. More after the jump...
If you have not signed up for the upcoming "Pride of Place" tour on Saturday May 3, 2014 organized by Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin, then you're going to miss out! It's a rare opportunity to visit some of Wright's finest homes north of Chicago — PLUS tour the nearby Crab Tree Farm and its unparalleled Arts & Crafts collection. Only a few seats on the bus remain, so sign up today by calling 608-287-0339, or email Office Manager, Sherri Shokler at email@example.com to reserve your space before it's to late!
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Tiffany & Co. recently unveiled its 2014 "Blue Book" at a star-studded event that turned Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum into a color and light show that filled the museum’s iconic rotunda. Read more about it here.
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Join Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin on Saturday May 3, 2014 for a rare opportunity to visit two distinctly different Frank Lloyd Wright private residences plus tour the nearby Crab Tree Farm, a private, century-old operating farm that just happens to contain one of the country's most extraordinary collections of furniture and decorative arts from the American and English Arts and Crafts movement. More info after the jump...
The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will hold its biennial Grant Wood Symposium, “Revolt Against the City: Midwestern Culture in Hard Times,” Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, 2014 at Art Building West.
Of particular note to PrairieMod readers is that on Friday April 25 at 7 pm, Dr. Anthony Alofsin will deliver the Symposium Keynote Address titled, “The Mid-Western Mind of Frank Lloyd Wright." More info here.
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May 17, 2014 is also the day of the All Wright Housewalk in Oak Park/River Forest, IL. It's the 40th anniversary of the event and it also celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home. I was asked to design the limited edition t-shirt for the event this year and it features a stylized illustration of the Home's iconic triangular facade nested with the official event logo. Buy your shirt here and be sure to wear it at the event to show your support--but get it while they last!
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The MAK Center in Los Angeles, CA is celebrating its 20th year by hosting a Rudolph Schindler architectural tour on May 17-18, 2014. It's your chance to see some of the finest private homes designed by this master of Modernism, including How House (1925), Elliot House (1930), Bubeshko Apartments (1938/1941), Wilson House (1938), Falk Apartments penthouse (1939), and Droste House (1940). Get more info and tickets here.
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The newest Frank Lloyd Wright museum, The Kenneth & Phyllis Laurent House, will open to the public on Friday, June 6, 2014 in Rockford, Illinois. A series of events beginning Wednesday, June 4 will celebrate the opening. The opening coincides with what would have been Wright’s 147th birthday on June 8. More info after the jump...
The Walter Burley Griffin Society of America's Annual meeting for 2014 takes place May 30-31, 2014 in Mason City, IA and will feature a bevvy of interesting lectures and amazing tours of Prairie School architecture, including the Wright-designed Park Inn Hotel and Stockman House. Get all the details here and here don't miss it!
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The Oregonian reports on the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gordon House in Silverton, OR and an upcoming celebratory event on April 18, 2014 titled Wright This Way, a lecture by author and professor of architecture, Robert McCarter, on the architect's life-long work evolving the American house. Details here.
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