The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy raises concern for the R.W. Lindholm House, aka "Mäntylä" (1952) in Cloquet, Minnesota,which is endangered by potential new retail development encroaching upon its large 15.5 acre wooded site. The current owners of the house and property are the original family that commissioned the Wright-designed house and wish to see the home preserved. More after the jump...
David J. sends a link to a story in Crain's Chicago Business on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George Millard House in Highland Park, IL finding a buyer 10 days after current owners received conditional approval to demolish it. Hopefully the new owners will put the necessary protections in place so that this demolition brinkmanship won't occur in the future. Read more here.
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David C. posts a link to a YouTube video and the listing website for Lloyd Wright's impressive and expansive "Bird's Song" estate in Minnetonka, MN. The property will hit the market in Summer 2016 and will certainly have as impressive an asking price. Check out the video here and explore the home's website here.
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MLive.com recently featured a stunning Usonian house in Sparta, MI designed by the late architect Mitch Witkowski in 1982. Read more about the home and its architect here and since the home is up for sale for $300,000, you can see tons more photos and the listing info here.
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Michael B. sends a link to a house designed by Herb Fritz on the market in Portage, WI (about 45 miles north of Madison). The home has some great Usonian touches and for $174,900 it can be yours. Check out the listing here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the John S. Van Bergen-designed Dr. Harry B. Roberts Residence (1929) in Highland Park, IL is on the market for $689,900. Even though its built date is way beyond the era, this home packs a lot of Prairie goodness! Check out more photos here and the listing here.
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If you're looking for your next lair to plot the take over of the world, stealing the moon, or stealing all the gold in Fort Knox, then you're in luck! A MCM "Volcano-Top Saucer House" in the Mojave Desert is on the market for $650,000. Check out more info here.
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Ken sends a heads-up that his 1956 Russell Barr Williamson-designed home (with additions in 2002 and 2004 by architect Ken Dahlin) is for sale in Beach Park, IL (just north of Waukegan). For $475,000 it could be yours! Follow the link to see interior shots and an exterior drone video.
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Realtor.com spotlights a stunning Usonian home in Weston, CT designed in 1963 by Taliesin-trained architect, Allan Gelbin. This one has all the Usonian bells and whistles, and for $1.45 million you get 2.24 acres, the wonderfully preserved home, its original furnishings, and even some artworks. Read more here and see the listing here.
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Randy Palmer sends word that the Herb Fritz-designed Scherbert House has been listed for sale for $169,900 in Portage, WI. Check out the listing here.
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Gary Hilgers recently contacted us with listing information on John H. Howe's stunning "Seagull House," which overlooks Lake Superior three hours north of Duluth on Minnesota’s Upper Peninsula. The home has truly stunning features including angled walls, glass, red cedar, vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace – all to bring a dramatic home that is a piece of art! Find out more after the jump...
Marcy Kerr, Executive Director of The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation (LFPF) recently sent an article written by Art Miller and Peter Coutant on the preservation prospects for the Keck + Keck-designed Fagen/McMahon House (which is currently on the market for $799,900). Read more after the jump...
The Chicago Tribune recently featured a bevvy of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties for sale in the Chicago-land region, along with the people who have purchased and lived in these works of art. One interesting factoid in the article: "In total, more than one out of every five Chicago-area Wright homes has sold or been up for sale since the start of 2014." Read more here.
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Barb C. sends word that the former Shepherd Methodist Church, designed by Charles Stade is again for sale. It's located at 2000 W Sibley, Park Ridge, IL It is an elegant structure, both inside and out. It was sold in 2014 with plans to demolish and subdivide the land. Luckily that didn't happen, so here's someone's chance to buy it, save it, and find a way to re-purpose the modern building. See the listing here.
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Word reaches us that work restoring the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein residence in Galesburg, MI is nearly complete (exterior is done with a little bit of interior woodwork finishing to have accomplished). The house looks light years better than it did only a couple of years ago and would be the perfect opportunity to afford-ably live in a Wright Usonian gem. Check out more info about the project here and then see the listing with photos here.
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Len Fernandes sends info on a Prairie Style home for sale in Plumas County, California. The 2202 square foot tri-level home was built in 2002 and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and panoramic mountain views. The home was designed by Robert G. Bell, who is said to be a protegee of Alden Dow and Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out the listing with additional photos here and contact listing agent Leah West 530-836-1234 for more info. If anyone knows more about the architect, please let us know!
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Curbed Chicago reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed H. Howard Hyde House (1916) in the Beverly Neighborhood of Chicago is up for sale for $749,900. The home is one of Wright's American System-Built House designs and a rare example in the city itself. Read and see more here and see the listing here.
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Johnathan McMahon recently contacted us with information and some scans of printed materials about his grandparents former house, the Keck + Keck designed Fagan House (1948) in Lake Forest, IL. Jonathan's grandparents owned the home from 1981 to 2007 and he has many fond memories of growing up there. Unfortunately, the home faces the possibility of being lost. Find out more after the jump...
Elisabeth D. sends a link to an article about Grammy-winning musician George Benson re-listing his 1960 house designed by Taliesin apprentice, Eleanor Petterson (one of the first women to be licensed as an architect in New Jersey). Read and see more here.
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Sandy Jandegian sends word that the John Randal McDonald-designed 1953 home in Bayside, WI named "Okaumi-Uchi" (which translates to "House of Wolves") created for original client, Adam Wolfe, is on the market for $395,000. Check out more photos and the listing here.
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Michael B. sends word that two mid-century houses are for sale on Madison, WI's Plymouth Circle, a post-war neighborhood that includes the work of several architects of note. Among them is a 1958 house designed by William V. Kaeser and the other is a 1957 house by an unidentified architect. Follow the links to learn more.
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Penny Amiet is the current owner of Bruce Goff's Freeman House in Joplin, MO. She and her husband have taken care of the home for the last eight years and have recently made the difficult decision to sell the home and pass the torch onto new stewards. I asked Penny to relate some of her experiences owning the home over the years for PrairieMod readers. More after the jump...
Eileen Campbell sends word that the Keck + Keck-designed Hirsch House (1961) in Highland Park, IL is on the market for $4.499 million. The house is built on a dramatic wooded bluff that drops to Lake Michigan, and features a curving plan, based on a segment of a circle. Check out the listing and more photos here.
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While touring the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eugene and Mary van Tamelen House, built by Marshall Erdman in 1956, I learned that this beautiful and rare example of a Wright-designed prefab architecture is for sale. Visit the home's website here and if you are prepared to be the next steward of this stunner, then contact the owners to learn more.
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PrairieMod reader, Irene K., sends word that the 1915 Thomas and Calla Lloyd Jones house in Madison, Wisconsin is on the market for $759,000. The architect is unknown, though assumed to be Alvan E. Small (1869-1932). According to this website, Thomas Lloyd Jones was cousin to Frank Lloyd Wright and an attendee and later principal at the Hillside School on the Taliesin estate in Spring Green, WI. See the listing to his Madison house here.
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Wright Chat user Mod Mom posts word that two houses in the unique Usonian neighborhood of Rush Creek in Worthington, OH have come to the market. If you're interested in living in a beautiful architecturally-significant house and community, then check out the listings for either one here or here.
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Delawareonline.com reports on the story of Jack Alexander, who became one of the first developers in the Spring Valley area of Wilmington, Delaware to build non-cookie cutter MCM custom-home communities for professionals. One of those 1950s houses is now for sale for $630,000. Read and see more about it here.
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