The Phoenix Business Journal reports on the newest wrinkle in the ongoing saga to open the David and Gladys Wright House to the public for tours and events: Deed restrictions. Opponents to the plans to open the house to the public cite local deed restrictions that limited the activities of neighborhood homes to act only as residences. The owner of the Wright house counter that their plans do not violate the actual wording of the deed restrictions. Read more about this architectural tug of war here.
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Kubala Washatko Architects in Cedarburg, WI recently won the 2015 Residential Architect Design Award for Restoration/Preservation for their efforts to restore the 1948 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Albert and Edith Adelman House in Fox Point, WI. See some photos of the stunning results here.
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In other Organic Architecture real estate news, The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laura Gale House in Oak Park, IL (1909) has just come to the market for the asking price of $1.1 million. This iconic cantilevered Prairie School design has often been called the progenitor to what Wright later did at Fallingwater. Read more here and see the listing here.
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The Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, WA is offering the 1,100 sq. ft. Usonian building it owns at 1200 N. Forest Street to anyone willing to pay the cost of moving it to a new site. The 1967 building, designed by the late architect James Zervas, was built originally as a Western Optical retail outlet. It would be a real shame to lose this little Usonian gem, so hopefully someone can figure out a way to move it and save it. Read more here and see more photos 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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Speaking of Edgar Tafel: The Journal Times reports that the owners Carl Albert House outside Racine, WI, which was at the center of a recent preservation struggle, will be fined $25 a day until the slow pace of renovations is finished and an occupancy permit is issued. Read more here.
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Every year, Ephraim Pottery in Lake Mills, WI designs a collection of new vases and tiles that is highly anticipated and prized by collectors. Their "Studio Collection" this year will be unveiled and online May 15, 2015. The new collection features many innovative forms and glaze developments. You can see a few sneak peek examples of Ephraim Pottery's newest work as well as studio shots of their artists making the work after the jump...
Krista Van Laan, author of Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture, was able to clear up the question of the why a Minneapolis home looks so much like one of San Jose architect Frank Delos Wolfe's California works. More after the jump...
Chicago artist and craftsman, Randall Kramer, wanted to share a recent commission he completed for an Art Deco lobby in New York City's Upper West Side emulating a transom in the Cheney-Belmont Building, Edgar Brandt's only U.S. commission. Check out more photos of both the process of its making and the completed screen 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 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation recently announced the designation of Spring House, formerly the home of Clifton and George Lewis II, of Tallahassee, as one of Florida's Most Endangered Historic Sites for the year 2015. Spring House is the only original residence built in Florida designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. More after the jump...
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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Mark H. sends a link to a Chicago Tribune article by architecture critic, Blair Kamin, which discusses who might be chosen to design the Obama Presidential Library and Museum, set to be awarded to Chicago and which Kamin calls "Chicago's architectural commission of the decade." Read more about the possibilities here.
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The John E. and Catherine E. Christian House (aka "SAMARA") in West Lafayette recently became the state of Indiana's 40th National Historic Landmark. Read and listen to more about this momentous event here. Then, visit SAMARA's new website and plan your visit to this remarkable Usonian gem here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that after only a few weeks back on the market, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Winslow House in River Forest, IL (1893) dropped its asking price to $1.55 million. I can personally attest that this is an amazing house--someone wit hthe means should snap it up and take good care of it! Read more here.
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A new exhibit titled Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art includes several works sold to the museum by Frank Lloyd Wright, an ardent admirer of Japanese art. The collection is arranged by those who sold or donated the works to the museum. Details on Wright incorporating Japanese elements into his home designs can be found in this Met bulletin.
Photo: Shunko, Ichikawa Monnosuke II in the Skibaraku Role, collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Swaback Partners are back in the news with the announcement of a new project with nonprofit Sun Health, the largest provider of destination retirement communities in Arizona. Swaback Partners, headed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Vern Swaback, are working on an updated master plan for 300 acres on one of Sun Health's Life Care campuses—the La Loma Village in Litchfield Park, AZ. As reported in this press release, "concepts include the culture of a village and multiple-use structures as well as elements of agri-tourism, a farm-to-fork model and expansion of existing independent living and assisted living spaces." Read more here.
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Yesterday we posted on author Krista Van Laan's recent book on San Jose, California architect Frank Delos Wolfe, who is responsible for several Prairie School homes in the San Jose, CA area. PrairieMod reader Anthony Thompson let us know that a 1915 Prairie School house that he photographed at 2405 W. 22nd Street in Minneapolis, MN has an eerily similar resemblance to Wolfe's CA work. A copy cat or a Wolfe? Check out Anthony's photo on Flickr here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog spotlights the opening of the fourth annual exhibition in the “At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright” gallery in Fortaleza Hall on the SC Johnson campus in Racine, WI. The theme of the exhibit is Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1910 Wasmuth Portfolio, with fifty lithographs from the publication and artifacts from select Wright residences on display. Also of note, SCJ weekend tours now include H.F. Johnson Jr.’s period refurbished office in the Wright-designed Administration Building (1936). Read and see more here. Then plan your tour and visit here.
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American architecture mavins already know the people connected to both Mason City, IA and the Australian capitol city of Canberra. But if you don't know about Walter Burley Griffin or Marion Mahony Griffin, then check out this article and then join the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America to learn more!
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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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Curbed Chicago reports that the George M. Millard House in Highland Park, IL has returned to the market yet again at the unbelievable reasonable price of $799,000. This is an exceptional deal for an architecturally significant house in this posh neighborhood on Chicago's North Shore. I hope someone out there with the means snaps it up and keeps good care of it. More here.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed David and Gladys Wright House in Arcadia, AZ has sent out mailers to about 15,000 neighborhood households in an effort to turn opinion towards the organization's plans to host events, tours, and concerts at the property. Read more here.
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Here's a link to an article from Indian Country Today Media Network discussing the new Navajo Bluestone Housing Project near Houck, Arizona that breaks ground this summer and is part of the effort to address the Navajo Nation's housing shortfall.
According to the press release, Swaback Partners, the firm headed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, Vernon D. Swaback, "developed a sustainable community master plan across the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters, with each chapter receiving its own master plan in early 2013."
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation recently announced that OSRAM SYLVANIA has generously donated LED lighting products to Taliesin West as part of its initiative to "reduce the Foundation's energy expense and carbon footprint, make the energy cost savings available for preservation efforts at both sites, and provide public education about the potential for reducing energy waste and carbon footprints in both commercial or residential buildings." Read more about it and watch a video here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's 1939 Herbert F. Johnson Residence (aka "Wingspread") in Wind Point, WI near Racine is the latest Wright work to get the LEGO treatment. Jameson Gagnepain's creation is huge at 5 feet on each side, uses about 50,000 bricks, and took about two-and-a-half years to complete. Read more about it here and see an album of photos here.
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Indiana Landmarks released its list of the state's most endangered sites for 2015, and for the second year in a row, the Harry Cooler-designed 1955 MCM house for Ernie Mills has made the list. The Greenwood, IN house was inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, is vacant, and is apparently in need of an owner who values its well-being. Read more here and contact Indiana Landmarks to help.
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Landmarks Illinois announced their annual list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois earlier this week at a press conference in Springfield. Now in its 20th year, this statewide list calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship, creative reuse plans, and/or advances in public policy. The slow economic recovery, state budget crisis, and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois. Read more after the jump...
The Buffalo News reports that the Martin House Restoration Corp., which oversees the stewardship of Frank Lloyd Wright's D.D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY, is announcing a $1 million plan to return the landscape around the estate back to its historic origins, with planting expected to start in early 2016. Read more about it 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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The Chicago Tribune reports that the re-building of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed waiting station is one step closer to becoming a reality: The Glencoe Historical Society received preliminary approval from the village on the proposal and will continue to pursue private funding for its execution. Read more about it here.
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Google celebrates Earth Day with one of their "Google Doodles" which when clicked, takes you to a quiz that tells you what animal you are (I'm a Komodo Dragon, apparently).
Take a walk outside, turn off that extra light, bicycle to work...do something to remind yourself that this blue marble we live on is all we got and we need to take care of it. Then treat every day going forward like Earth Day!
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PrairieMod reader Justin A. sends word that he has put his William Kaeser-designed Usonian home (which sits on 2.5 acres in Middleton, WI) on the market. Check out the listing and plenty of photos of this beautiful MCM gem here.
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The Standard-Times reports that John Lautner's first official commission in the Los Angeles, a modest 600-square-foot guesthouse overlooking Echo Park canyon built in 1940 has been brought back to what it once was thanks to a major restoration project. Read and see more here.
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Brokensidewalk.com posted an interesting piece about how Louisville, KY once had a carbon copy of Wright's Winslow House. Wright's River Forest, IL icon was apparently the model for local architect Mason Maury's Louisville Woman's Club. Read more about it (and what happened to it) here.
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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John E. and Catherine E. Christian House, SAMARA, has been designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL). Fewer than 30 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the U.S. have achieved NHL status. It is the 40th NHL in the state of Indiana. More after the jump...
Nelson B. sends a link to the news that the Bruce Goff-designed Riverside Studio (now known as the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre) in Tulsa, OK has been placed on Preservation Oklahoma's "15 Most Endangered List" and is in need of urgent rehabilitation. Read more about the history and donate to the restoration effort here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a disturbing story in the Chicago Tribune about Republican Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner's plan to eliminate the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. That move could significantly impact state historic sites (including the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana House in Springfield, IL) and would hobble a program that bring in million of dollars of tourism money and has contributed to more than $1 billion in construction spending. Read more about it here.
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