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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Eldon Davis and Louis Armet made their mark on Los Angeles architecture by designing several of the city's most iconic "Googie" style restaurants. Davis passed away Friday at the age of 94. Here's a link to a blog post on LAist with a remembrance. Read it here and lift a cup of joe and fork full of cherry pie in his memory.
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On April 9, 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright passed away. In his amazingly long career as an architect, he reshaped how American's live in ways we are still coming to understand and appreciate.
Mark the day by touring a Wright building or going out and enjoying the Nature he revered and held so dear. Thanks to Bill S. for the reminder.
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PrairieMod reader, John C. sent word yesterday that Harvey Glanzer, former owner of the Malcolm Willey house in Minneapolis, MN and current owner of the A.D. German warehouse in Richland Center, WI, passed away March 13, 2011 at the age of 94. You can read a brief notice here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright client, Margaret Kinney, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the age of 92. She and Patrick Kinney hired Wright (a distant relative of Mrs. Kinney) to design them a diamond-module Usonian home in Wisconsin (which you can learn more about in this downloadable PDF article). Read about Margaret's fascinating life here. Thanks to Jack H. for the link.
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I learned from Wright Chat that architect and Taliesin Fellow, James Dresser has passed away at the age of 85. The PrairieMod Squad had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with remarkable man to hear him speak about his life and work. Learn more about Mr. Dresser here.
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It's been a sad start to 2011, with so many losses to the ranks of those who love architecture. It's good then to remember the important work these individuals have done and do what we can to continue the legacy of their ideals. Case in point: Wright in Racine's Mark Hertzberg recently wrote a wonderful tribute for Wright apprentice and archtiect, Edgar Tafel, that helps highlight the remarkable life and work he had toward the Cause of Architecture. Read it here.
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Original Frank Lloyd Wright client, Gloria Berger recently passed away on January 11, 2011. Robert and Gloria Berger built their own Wright home in San Anselmo, CA living there together for 21 years. Even after Bob's passing, she remained a remarkable steward of the house and advocate for architecture. Read more about her life here and read about the building of the Berger house in this special article written by Bernard Pyron here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog provides sad news that Robert Leary—champion of preservation efforts for both Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House and Hollyhock House—has passed away after a battle with cancer. Read more about Mr. Leary and his efforts to save architecture here.
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