The holidays are here and you might be in need of the perfect gift for that architecture or design lover on your list. As the weeks wind down this December, I'll be giving a few of my holiday gift picks that may help readers find something perfect. The first pick is any one of the beautiful hand-thrown and decorated pots by Mary Pratt offered by Fair Oak Workshops. Check out all of the options available for purchase here. Keep in mind, though that the cutoff date on orders for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas is December 6, 2013.
Image via Fair Oak Workshops
'Tis the season for gingerbread re-creations of architecture. Visualnews.com highlights a series of impressive gingerbread art museums (including, of course, Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim museum deceptively photographed at left) created by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves for a display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami. Check them out here.
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Eric Nordstrom from Urban Remains sends word that the Darwin Martin House skylight art glass window that was sold at auction last August has resurfaced as a lot in Sotheby's "Important 20th Century Design" December 18, 2013 auction. There's also some other big ticket Wright-related lots in this auction as well, including an iconic SC Johnson Administration Building desk, a three-legged chair from SC Johnson and two art glass windows from the second Little House. Also of interest is a stencil section from Louis Sullivan's Chicago Stock Exchange and a very rare architectural Teco vase. Check out all of the lots here.
Image via Sotheby's
Restoration work is underway at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence, one of the handful of houses located in the Wright-designed Galesburg, MI community called "The Acres." A recent post on the blog chronicling the restoration work highlights the house's new roof. See more here.
Image via projecteppstein.blogspot.com
WBEZ's "The Morning Shift" recently discussed the current community kerfuffle over the idea of turning two side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago into bed and breakfasts. Chicago magazine’s Dennis Rodkin weighs-in on what the fuss is all about and what the future of these Wright's might be. Listen to it here.
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Pamela Tilton, real estate broker at Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, was kind enough to forward a plethora of beautiful interior photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed William H. Winslow House (1894), which will soon be on the market for the first time in 55 years. See all the photos after the jump...
The wait is over! The special news that I've been teasing you with is the announcement that a brand new organization has been launched called The Organic Architecture + Design Archives (or OAD Archives for short) that will also publish the new Journal of Organic Architecture + Design! So what's it all about? Find out after the jump...
PrairieMod pal, Michael B. sends word that the power has been turned off yet again at the Telemark Lodge in Cable, WI. The resort was designed in 1972 by Taliesin apprentice Herb Fritz and has long been an integral part of the American Birkebeiner, an annual long-distance cross-country ski race. When restoration costs came back expensive, the power was shut off. It's not certain what the future holds for the building. Read more here.
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Continuing the theme of resistance to Wright-related development: The proposal for the first house based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright will recommended for refusal by the North Somerset Council’s north area planning committee because "The council fails to accept this house as outstanding or innovative, or that it reflects the highest standards in architecture - all criteria for allowing permission within the Green Belt." Wow...and you thought the Kenwood neighborhood residents were tough. If a Frank Lloyd Wright house design does not meet the standard for "outstanding" or "innovative", I'm not sure what would. Read more here.
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The Kenwood community's outright rejection of the efforts by Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises to purchase the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Blossom and McArthur houses, restore them, and then operate side-by-side bed & breakfasts makes no sense. Tourism is big business (just ask Mason City, Iowa and Oak Park, Illinois). It makes one wonder if it's just ignorance, or if prejudice might also be part of the equation. Either way, a golden opportunity to save two of the neighborhood's most significant architectural treasures is being wasted. Read more here.
Image via Tawani Enterprises
As a special Thanksgiving treat I created a new Mod illustration of Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission, the iconic William H. Winslow House (1894). I was so inspired by my recent tour of this beautiful house, that I thought I'd try my hand at capturing its fantastic lines and form in my simplified figure/ground graphic style. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Illustration copyright PrairieMod
The 2013-14 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series, hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and sponsored by Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle, continues Wednesday, December 11, 2013 with a special screening of Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe, a documentary on the German-American architect and master of Modernist design, at the Raleigh Grande Cinema in Raleigh. More details and ticket info here.
Image via North Carolina Modernist Houses
Zachary M. sends a link to the news that the Bruce Goff-designed Hopewell Church in northwest Oklahoma County received a $50,000 anonymous donation (and matching $50,000 loan) to help save the deteriorating building. Read more about it here.
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Apparently, the news that Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie purchasing heart-shaped petra Island (along with its Frank Lloyd Wright-associated homes) for her main squeeze, Brad Pitt, was too good to be true. The daughter of the island's current owner refutes the news of the Jolie purchase and says its all hokum. Read more here.
Image via Curbed National
Patrick Steffes of the website, Forgotten Chicago, sent a heads-up on their newest article, which features one of the least-known modernist architects in Chicago history, James F. Eppenstein. Eppenstein had a relatively brief career from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s, but left behind a remarkable body of work. Forgotten Chicago’s article on Eppenstein covers his remodeling of Hyde Park’s Shoreland Hotel, recently reimagined by Studio Gang; a modest bar at the famed LaSalle Hotel that was the start of one of the worst fires in Chicago history; and the unique Electroliner interurban train which ran from Chicago to Milwaukee until 1963. More information on Eppenstein’s amazing career may be found at the Forgotten Chicago website.
1935 image of Eppenstein's office via forgottenchicago.com
Curbed LA reports that Rudolph Schindler's Van Dekker House, which was previously in danger of being torn down, but luckily bought by preservation-minded developer Josh Gorrell is back on the market for $799,000. While Josh did some important work to the building, it still needs some TLC. Read more here.
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The mirror.co.uk reports that Angelina Jolie has apparently bought her architecture-loving hubby, Brad Pitt, heart shaped Petra island for his 50th birthday. The island also happens to be home to the Wright-designed Chahroudi cottage and the not-exactly-Wright Massaro House. Read more here.
Image via mirror.co.uk
Almost 150 generous people were responsible for donating the $15,000 needed to save the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial. Congratulations to those who helped a fantastic cause and saved an important work of Modernism. There's still some time left to go until the official deadline--so give something here if you'd like to be apart of a great cause!
Image via Kickstarter
Mona Goddard was kind enough to email us that she came across a new documentary titled Coast Modern while surfing Hulu that she thought would interest PrairieMod readers. Check it out here.
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Scott T. sent word that the Francis "Will" Willsey-designed Günter & Anne Fonken House (1960) (and located in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian community called "The Acres" in Galesburg, MI) is on the market again for the still very affordable price of $149,000. Check out the listing and photos here.
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You gotta love Mason City, Iowa—the people there really get how important historic preservation is. Case in point: The community is committed to moving the Egloff House, a rare example of International Style architecture that was damaged in the flood of 2008. The home is slated to be moved to the city's "cultural crescent" which is about half-way between the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Historic Park Inn and the Stockman House. Read more about it here.
Image via The Globe Gazzette
There's an effort underway to rebuild the Banff National Park Pavilion (1911), one of the only two designs built Frank Lloyd Wright designs in Canada. The building was destroyed after extensive flood and frost damage in 1939, but two Canadian architects and a Florida filmmaker are hoping to bring it back to life. Read more about it and watch a video here.
Image via cbc.ca
In early 2014, Loew's will be opening a mid-century-themed resort in Florida, modeling it after the mod motels of Wildwood, NJ. Get a sneak peak here, or to see the real thing, head to Wildwood, NJ itself and marvel at the original architectural gems that weren't lost in the recent building boom (there are still plenty left).
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The Kickstarter campaign to save the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial has only 3 days left to reach its goal of raising $15,000. The effort has raised over $10,000 to date, so success is so close! If you havn't helped this fantastic cause yet, don't miss a chance to be part of saving a remarkable piece of Organic Design. There are plenty of cool "Thank You" gifts left, too, including original copies of the 1965 Prairie School Review issue featuring Alfonso Iannelli. Back this project with your donation here.
Image via Kickstarter
Jennifer Pritzker's plan to purchase the side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright-designed McArthur and Blossom Houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago and turn them into bed-and-breakfasts was effectively killed in a recent public meeting thanks to opposition by neighborhood residents. 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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Mark H. sends a link to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the Star Tribune's handsome building on Portland Avenue...which city staff is recommending that the historic preservation commission sign-off on its demolition to make way for a park. One caveat: they have to save the building's stone medallions. Read more here.
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Wright Auction House has a fairly important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian chair from the Rosenbaum House for sale in their upcoming December 12, 2013 Design auction. It would be nice to see this chair back in its original home, but at $10-15K, you could build an army of plywood replicas instead. See more here.
Image via Wright20.com
The December 7, 2013 auction at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, IL has a plethora of amazing pieces related to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School (and more). I pulled images of a few of the more tantalizing pieces being offered including: Plaster sculptures of Wright's Nokoma and Nokomis, chairs from Wright's Rayward House (aka "Tirranna"), a rare Teco vase with nice Organic Architectural lines to it, and a table from Wright's Imperial Hotel (formally of Tokyo). Check out all of the items up for auction by flipping through the virtual catalog here.
Images via John Toomey Gallery
The Sun News offers up and article with tips and inspiration for gardners to help tackle their landscaping the (w)right way from the experts at Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate. They should know--they restored Wright's original vision for the landscaping plan this last year. Read more here.
Image credit: Graycliff/Patrick Mahoney
Zachary M. sends a link to a Curbed LA post on the news that the Lloyd Wright-designed James Derby House in Glendale, CA is on the market for $1.65 million. Check out the post here.
Image via Curbed LA
As a follow-up to yesterday's post on the memories and photos from Anthony Thompson on the Second Little Residence, Frank Lloyd Wright's lost masterpiece, John Clouse was kind enough to forward some vintage photos of the Little family at the magnificent Prairie house. Anyone care to try and identify which members of the Little family are in these photos?
Exploring the Lost Second Little home has been really interesting. If anyone has any more images, letters, or other materials related to the Second Little home, please let me know!
Images courtesy John Clouse
Speaking of Edgar Tafel, the Edgar A. Tafel Archive at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department has now been fully arranged and cataloged and is open for research! Browse through the on-line finding aid and read more about every file that the archive contains here.
Image via Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department
Chicago is still grumbling about the recent ruling by the Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (which is the final say on global building heights) that New York's WTC building is the new tallest building in America, usurping the title from the Willis (or Sears) Tower. Read more here.
Image via Associated Press
With winter setting-in, making the trek to Spring Green, Wisconsin to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin might be way too chilly. What to do? Explore Wright's masterpiece from the comfort of your own home through this amazing 360˚ virtual tour of the home and grounds. Explore here.
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