The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announces the passing of Taliesin Fellow, Frances Nemtin, on April 7, 2015 at age 96. More after the jump...
Blair Kamin reports for the Chicago Tribune that architectural preservationist, Seymour H. Persky, has passed away Sunday March, 22, 2015 at the age of 92. In addition to saving an unparallelled collection of architectural fragments and objects, Persky was responsible for helping to save and restore one of the most important works of domestic Modern architecture: The Charnley-Persky house. Read the article here.
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The New York Times reports that architect William N. Breger recently passed away at the age of 92. One of Breger's more memorable designs was for a vaguely Guggenheim Museum-esque grocery store envisioned for the Daitch-Shopwell chain (now Food Emporium) in 1959. Read more about his life and work here.
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Former Taliesin Apprentice, John Walter Glass passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at his home in McQueeney, TX at the age of 98. Read more on his life and work here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends word that he has posted photos to Wright in Racine of the celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Charles Montooth at Unity Chapel and Taliesin, which took place on Saturday, January 3, 2015. See and read more here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends word that architect and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, Charles Montooth, passed away December 31, 2014 in Spring Green, Wisconsin at the age of 94. Read and see more about Charles at Mark's blog, Wright in Racine.
Image caption: Architect Charles Montooth, who designed the original Prairie School building, and subsequent additions to the school, arrives for a meeting Thursday October 16, 2003 at the school to discuss a forthcoming addition to the Field House. © Mark Hertzberg
Reine Hauser sends word that Edythe "Kitty" Turgeon, the preservationist credited with saving the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY and helping to designate National Historic Landmark status passed away Monday in Buffalo, NY at the age of 81. Read more about her life and preservation work here.
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Jeanette Fields, one of the pillars of Chicago-area architectural preservation, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 2, 2014 at the age of 94. Jeanette was the first executive director of the Chicago Architectural Foundation in 1970 and the director of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue in Chicago. She and her husband, Ellis, purchased the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Davenport House in River Forest and became long-time stewards of the home and became integral to the architectural community of Oak Park/River Forest. You can read more on Jeanette's life and important work here and here.
A memorial service will be held this coming Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7 pm at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Please join all of us and her family, and bring a "Jeanette Moment" to share.
Also, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will dedicate their concert this Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Jeanette - "American Originals" - Gershwin, Ives, Barber, Copland and Weill - by the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players, also at 7 pm at Unity Temple. Details here.
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We learn on Wright Chat that architect Olof Dahlstrand, who designed several beautiful Usonian homes and other buildings in the Carmel, California area, died early Thursday July 17, 2014. Read more about his passing here and then pick up a copy of the book, Olof Dahlstrand: The Usonians here.
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Mark H. sends a link to the news that Los Angeles architect and former associate of Frank Gehry, Randall Stout passed away earlier this month. Stout was an early advocate of environmentally conscious design and his own work recalled the organic forms of birds in flight and the fluidity water. Read more about his life and work here.
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Word reaches us that Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, Ling Po, passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Ling worked on the drawings for many of Mr. Wright's later buildings (including the Guggenheim) and was responsible for executing several "Taliesin Line" of fabric designs for Schumacher. Read more about his life and work here.
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The Portage Daily Register reports that 86-year-old Ervin Louis Schmudlach passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Ervin worked for builder Marshall Erdman and was the foreman on the construction of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, WI. Read more here.
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PrairieMod pal, Michael Bridgeman sends word that MCM architect Helmut Ajango has died in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Born in Estonia, Ajango earned an architectural engineering degree from the University of Illinois. His most visible work was probably the futuristic, Gobbler Restaurant on I-94 near Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, which has been vacant for several years. See more of Ajango's work here.
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Last week we posted on the passing of Organic Architect and staunch preservationist, Frank Myron Henry. We've got a link to his official obituary from the Arizona Central. Additionally, Modern Phoenix reports that "The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has created a special fund to honor Frank Henry's legacy as a beloved mentor to students in The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The Frank Henry Memorial Scholarship Fund will support scholarships at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture for students who exemplify Frank Henry's ideals of poetry in design, environmental responsibility, and a passion for architecture." More here.
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Rob Barros sent word of the sad news that Taliesin Fellow, Lu Sparks Howe passed away Monday July, 2013 at the age of 90. Rob was kind enough to put together some thoughts about Lu to remember this remarkable lady. More after the jump...
We are sad to hear of the passing of author and curator, Cheryl Robertson on July 6, 2013. Cheryl was an expert on several Arts & Crafts-related subjects, most notably George Mann Niedecken. I had the pleasure to hear a few of Cheryl's lectures and meet her in person several years ago after one of her Niedecken lectures. Read more about her remarkable life and contributions here.
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News reaches us from Nelson Brackin that Dr. Joe Rorke, Frank Lloyd Wright's doctor and long-time physician at Taliesin passed away June 4, 2013. Nelson provides a photo of Dr. Joe he took at the last Taliesin Fellows Reunion. Our sympathies to Dr. Joe's family and friends at Taliesin West.
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News reaches us that architect, artist and philosopher Paolo Soleri passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 93. The day has meaning since this Taliesin-trained architect died on the same day that his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright did 54 years earlier. Read more about Paolo's life and legacy here.
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Randolph C. Henning sends word that photographer and editor of the Global Architecture series,
Yukio Futagawa, passed away on March 5th, 2013, at the age of 80. According to Yukio's wishes, a private funeral service with immediate family members was held on March 10th. GA will continue to operate with the same commitment to excellence that was the hallmark of Yukio Futagawa, under the new leadership of his son, Yoshio.
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The sad news of the recent passing of Taliesin Fellow (1951-1953) Earl Nisbet reaches us from Kevin Wagner. Earl was a very good friend of PrairieMod and we will miss him dearly. To learn more about the remarkable work and life of Mr. Nisbet, then be sure to check out his architectural biography, Taliesin Reflections: My Years Before, During and After Living with Frank Lloyd Wright. Thanks for everything Earl, you will be missed.
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PrairieMod readers Dave E., Melissa G., and Bill S. all sent word of the passing of one of the world of architecture and arts truly creative minds. Winslow Wedin passed away on Wednesday, February 13th in Boca Raton, Florida. Known for his free-form Ensulptic III in Minnetrista, Minnesota, a fiberglass and urethane structure sprayed on suspended burlap, Wedin also designed a number of residences including houses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Dave and Melissa sent photos of the Baker house in Golden Valley, the Emslander house in Rochester, and the Brustman Lodge in northern Wisconsin (at left top to bottom). Wedin is the son of a first generation Swedish immigrant artist Elof Wedin whose work is exhibited at the Walker Art Center and Smithsonian Institution. Winslow taught architecture at Auburn University, Florida State, Saudi Arabia and various other Florida colleges. He later taught art throughout the state of Florida. Winslow is survived by his wife, friend and collaborator Carol, two children and three grandchildren. He's known to have been drawing until his last day. Winslow will be sorely missed by anyone lucky enough to have known him.
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Iconic architect and architectural photographer, Balthazar Korab has passed away at the age of 86. He not only documented the work of the giants in the field of Modern architecture, he also worked directly with several of them, including Eero Saarinen and Wright. Read more about the life of this remarkable man here.
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Ada Louise Huxtable, a "champion of liveable architecture," died at the age of 91 on Monday. This New York Times article details her life and career.
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News reaches us that iconic Arts & Crafts author, publisher, and collector Stephen Gray passed away on October 27, 2012. John A. sends a few links from Bruce Johnson's artsandcraftscollector.com about the impact that Stephen had on the rise and appreciation of the Arts & Crafts Movement over the last several decades. Read more here and here.
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We learned today of the passing of Pedro E. Guerrero, 95, at his home in Florence, AZ. Guerrero was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most beloved and prolific photographers, documenting several of the Architect's works, including the early days of Taliesin West. See some recent photos of Pedro at Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog, read more here, and learn more about his life and work via the excellent book, Pedro E. Guerrero—A Photographer's Journey.
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Word reaches us that Taliesin Fellow, Cornelia Brierly passed away Friday August 24, 2012 at the age of 99. Cornelia joined Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship in
1934, three years before Wright began building Taliesin West.
As stated on The Frank Lloyd wright Foundation's website and Facebook page:
"Among her career highlights in architecture, Cornelia helped present the "Broadacre City" model to the American public and recalled surveying, with Mr. Wright, the site that would become “Fallingwater.” She is the author of Tales of Taliesin.
She is survived by her daughters, Indira Berndtson and Anna Coor. A memorial service is being planned for Taliesin West in late October. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to support the Taliesin Entry Gardens that Cornelia spent so much time and care stewarding."
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Architect and artist, Vincent E. Van De Venter, passed away early Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the age of 78 at his home in Rockford, Illinois.
Long-time friend, Sam Guard, sent word that Van De Venter was a 1958 graduate of Bruce Goff at University of Oklahoma; a 1960-61 employee in Alfonso Iannelli's studio in Park Ridge, IL; and long-time Associate at Dennis Blair's (Taliesin trained) architectural office in Barrington, Illinois. He was an intriguing artist working in many materials, and an ingenious architect of organic structures and mid-century modern homes.
Though Vince was hampered with health problems at the end of his life that limited his travel, in November 2011 he journeyed to Chicago in order to witness the installation of two 10-ft red granite carved columns which he had rescued when the Iannelli Studios was decommissioned in 1969 (shown in photo). Learn more about Vince's life here.
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Paul R. and John C. send some sad news that original Frank Lloyd Wright client, Ida Trier, 98, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2012 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center of kidney failure. She and her husband, Paul, commissioned Wright to design their Johnston, IA home for them in 1956 and she had lived in it ever since. Read more about this amazing woman here.
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Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of such classics as Where The Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen passed away today at the age of 83. REad more about his life and work here.
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Earl Nisbet sent word that Taliesin apprentice Rustam B. J. Patell passed away on November 13, 2011. Earl knew Patell at Taliesin in 1951.
Earl goes on to say: "I had called his office in Mumbai, India, to talk to him and learned of his demise. Some of his great works were featured in the Journal of the Taliesin Fellows - Issue 28, Spring 2007. He designed government buildings as well as hotels, theaters, and dwellings in his architectural practice centered about Bombay, later Mumbai. Those who knew him will miss him dearly."
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Over the weekend, Mark Hertzberg sent word that original Frank Lloyd Wright client, Albert "Ollie" Adelman, passed away last Friday. Mark wrote-up his own remembrance at his blog "Wright in Racine", which you can read here.
A few of the PrairieMod Squad members were lucky enough to visit Mr. Adelman's home in Fox Point, north of Milwaukee, last year as part of Wright in Wisconsin's 2011 Wright & Like event.
He was an amazing man, whose life was enriched by living in a Wright house, and was kind enough to share it with all of us.
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Mark H. sends word that modern architect, Andrew Geller, died on Sunday in Syracuse, NY at the age of 87. Geller was known for a series of inexpensive beach houses in amusing, geometric shapes and for helping to bring Modernism to the general public via prefabricated home designs. Read more about his life and legacy here.
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By now everyone has heard of Steve Jobs' passing. As the memorials flood the media, Wired.com guest columnist, Dave Winer, likens Steve to Frank Lloyd Wright. Why?
As Winer states: "To both Jobs and Wright the people who used their products were not as important as the computer or the building. More than the thing itself, what mattered to Wright, and I think what mattered to Jobs is the integrity of his vision. In a way it was a shame that the vision had to be instantiated."
Both men definitely had a monumental impact on our collective culture, so maybe the comparison is apt on several levels. Read the whole column here.
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Computer and Design visionary, Steve Jobs passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. His genius lay in the ability to make the technology items we use everyday "Useful and Beautiful." Read more about the man and his legacy here.
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PrairieMod reader Michael B. sent us word that Robert Graves, a landscape architect who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, passed away at his home near Spring Green, Wis., at age 84. Graves and his wife Derry were recently involved in converting Wright's Wyoming Valley School near Taliesin into a cultural arts center. Read the obituary here.
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I recently found out that the Frankoma Pottery company shuttered for good and auctioned-off all of its assets. Collectors actively seek Frankoma pottery, but architecture lovers would be interested to note that the founders of the pottery, John and Grace Lee Frank, commissioned Bruce Goff to design their astounding Sapulpa, OK home--which features loads of Frankoma brick and tile decoration. Read about the company here and about the Frank House here.
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