We heard from both Helena K. and Justin D. that yesterday afternoon's storms in Chicago brought major flooding to the Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Persky House on 1365 North Astor Street. Water poured into the National Landmark building, which serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians, through a second-floor bathroom. The water rushed up and out of the toilet and sink, flooding the bathroom and running down to the library on the first floor. The basement of the house was flooded with over two inches of water. SAH is cleaning up and waiting for experts to come in and help repair the water damage. See more photos and help support SAH here.
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Tulsa World reports that despite being shuttered and up for sale, the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building (1927) is being kept up to city code enforcement standards, including more lighting, the addition of stairwell railings, repaired elevator doors and shafts, and the clearing of combustibles from the building. This is good to hear, especially since the Tulsa Club has been neglected for so long and the victim of fires in the past. Read more about it here.
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DeZeen features the new Santiago Calatrava-designed Innovation, Science, and Technology Building for the Florida Polytechnic University is finished and ready for student use later this month. It looks to be a remarkable and otherworldly building, as the article's photos showcase. Read and see more here.
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100 years ago today, fire and death descended upon Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green, WI. Ron McCrea, author of the book Building Taliesin, writes a special piece in Madison's Capitol Times about how the small town rose to meet the devastating chaos with dignity and humanity. Read it here.
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The Chicago Tribune has begun posting vintage images of "The Second City" pulled from its massive photo archive to its Instagram account. It's a window to the city's history, life, people, and places. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for some of Chicago's famous architecture to make an appearance. Check it out here.
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John Clouse sends some information that may interest our PrairieMod readers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Historian Richard L. Kronick, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education, will present a 3-part no-credit course on Prairie School architecture on successive Thursdays in October 2014 -- including tours of three beautiful private homes. More after the jump...
Commissioned to redevelop Chicago’s Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016, landscape architect James Corner stands at the forefront of today’s landscape urbanism movement. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present an evening with James Corner Thursday, Oct. 2 at the University of Chicago. Read more after the jump...
Anne B. sends a link to the news that the Bauhausian Philip Johnson-designed Wiley Speculative House (1954) has come on the market in New Canaan, CT for $1.575 million. While not as famous as the Glass House, Johnson works rarely come to the market. Read about the home here, here and see the listing here.
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The next issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design has arrived from the printer and is now available for order.
Volume 2 : Number 2 features both the facts and the puzzling mystery surrounding the Arizona Biltmore Hotel's design authorship: Was it Albert Chase McArthur? Was it Frank Lloyd Wright? Or was it a combination of both? To that mystery we offer insight and perspective by the actual players themselves, along with never-before-published photos of the building from its early years.
If you already have a subscription or placed an issue pre-order, your copy is in the mail and will arrive shortly. If you have not ordered yet, then click here to get yours!
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Friday, August 15, 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the terrible murders that took place at Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring Green, WI home and studio, Taliesin. William B. Scott of the Scott Architectural Archives and OAD Archives recently found a digital copy of the story as printed in The Ogden Standard from Ogden, Utah. It not only shows how wide-spread the story was a century ago, it also shows how sensationalized it was. Click on the link below to see a larger version of the article.
George J. sends a link to a post on Curbed LA announcing the sale of the John Lautner-designed Reiner-Burchill Residence (aka "Silvertop") in Los Angeles. It has not been on the market since 1974 and for a cool $7.5 million it could be all yours. Read and see more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dorothy Turkel House in Detroit, one of the architect's concrete Usonian Automatic designs, has been beautifully restored by owners Dale Morgan and Norman Silk. Read about what it took to make this gem sparkle again in this recent hometownlife.com article.
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Arkansas Business recently interviewed Ron Shelby, CEO of Hight-Jackson Associates, the firm tasked with the reassembly of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House, that was moved from its previous home in New Jersey to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Read it here.
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Two poets who inspired Frank Lloyd Wright and his architectural works will be the topic of a September presentation sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust at the Wright-designed Unity Temple in Oak Park. Emerson and Whitman: The Poets Who Inspired Wright, 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, will combine readings of poetry by Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose philosophies had a profound influence on Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural practice. More after the jump...
The Worthington News reports that the unique Usonian community of Rush Creek Village in Worthington, OH will be the subject of a new exhibit titled "Neighborhood in Harmony with Nature, Rush Creek Village" at the McConnell Arts Center from August 21 to October 26, 2014. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be the re-creation of a circular guest house from the Pepinsky House in Rush Creek. Read more about it here and get more details here.
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Don't forget to get your tickets for the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture" house tour on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm. Pleasant Home is sponsoring a docent led interior tour of five 20th Century Modernist homes in Oak Park and River Forest. (Guests can also tour Pleasant Home.) Tickets are $45.00; Pleasant Home Members pay $40.00. Payment can be made by cash, check, or on line. For more information follow the link or email: hruehlemay(AT)pleasanthome.org; or call: 708.383.2654.
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Artist Larry Zgoda has recently donated a hand painted plate by renowned Chicago artist, Edgar Miller, and an antique Osterizer, food blender, designed by Alfonso Iannelli to the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge, Illinois. Judy Barclay accepted the items on August 1, 2014, and expects to display them with the developing museum’s collection of Iannelli and related art and artifacts. Read more after the jump...
PrairieMod reader George J. sends a link to a Curbed LA story about a plague of vandalism, litter, and hobo shanty towns facing Barnsdall Park, site of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House. Seems like a lack of security staff and a glut of bureaucracy are at the root of the problem. Read more here.
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But as bad as it has devolved in the present day, at onetime, Iraq was the stuff of Modernist dreams, with the 20th Century's most iconic architects vying to make Baghdad over in futuristic finery. The Boston Globe recently featured Walter Gropius's unfinished plans to re-shape Iraq's capital into his greatest Bauhaus-ian vision (which you can read about here).
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ArtNet posts photos of a now-lost tower that was once an addition onto Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum. The tower was designed by William Wesley Peters and was ultimately replaced by the current iteration that is seen today. All that remains are photos and (likely) drawings. More here.
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MySuburbanLife.com and the Wednesday Journal report that the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Avery Coonley House in Riverside, IL was broken-into earlier this week by some vandals who caused some damage to the vacant bedroom wing of the house (which is currently for sale). Read more about this disburing news here and here.
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Anthony Thompson sends a link to the air dates of the upcoming documentary, Lost Twin Cities: Part 4. As you can guess, the show is all about the lost landmarks of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and will include a segment on the Second Francis Little house. They are using some of Anthony's photos from his visit to the house in March, 1972, just a few months prior to it's demolition. The show airs in the Twin Cities area August 13, 2014, so follow the link to get more info here.
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Kankakee, IL's The Daily Journal reports on a recent visit to Wright-designed B. Harley Bradley House by officers of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust (which oversees four Wright properties in the Chicagoland area). There have been close ties between the two Wright organizations and this visit was a way to help cement them further. Read more here.
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Gizmodo recently explored the movement by a group known as the Association of the Beatification of Antoni Gaudi to have the architect made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Gaudi devoted his life to both God and his architecture, especially the powerfully moving (and perennially unfinished) Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Read more here.
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Here's a video clip featuring the news that county supervisors are taking steps to give some improtant artifacts associated with the 1917 Woodbury County Courthouse (a Prairie School symphony designed by architects Purcell and Elmslie with some sculptural help by Alfonso Iannelli) to the Sioux City Public Museum. Watch more about it here.
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ArchDaily recently featured Matteo Muci's brightly colored animated video showing graphic constructions of five of history’s most iconic modern houses (including Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater). See it here.
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File this next one under "Why?": Architizer recently featured images of Syracuse School of Architecture student Victoria Lee's undergraduate thesis, "Making by Taking: An Investigation of Architectural Appropriation" which takes four iconic Modern houses and makes hideous mutants out of them. More here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that Beijing-based MAD Architects has been selected as the principal designer for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (to be placed on Chicago's Museum Campus near the Lakefront). Studio Gang (Jeanne Gang's hometown firm) was selected for the landscape architecture and the design of a bridge connecting to Northerly Island. Read more about it here.
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Speaking of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, here's a link to an article in the Oak Leaves about the memories of Ann Marohn, who was the volunteer interpreter who gave the very first public tour at the iconic Wright Oak Park Home 40 years ago. Read more here.
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Michael B. sends a link to a news story in The Cap Times about a proposed downtown Madison, WI luxury hotel to service Monona Terrace and its potential impact to the special plan to help protect Wright's Robie Lamp House. City officials and the Urban Design Commission have expressed concerns about the project, which has been in the works for nearly a year, and are working with the developers to meet the guidelines of the special area plan adopted by the Madison Common Council in March. Read more about it here.
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The Lake Geneva Hotel will host a two-part lecture series July 30 and August 27, 2014 titled "A Summer of Architecture 2014" which will feature Delavan area historian Frank Landi discussing Frank Lloyd Wright's work as inspired by Mayan and Japanese architecture. Get details here.
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Paul R. sends a link to the news that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Theodore A. Pappas House at 865 Masonridge Road in Town and Country, Missouri (near Saint Louis) is for sale. Completed in 1964, the Usonian Automatic is one of only two Wright-designed homes in Saint Louis area. The Pappas family is selling the three-acre property off-market; those interested in purchasing this incredible example of Wright's Usonian architecture should contact Modern STL at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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The Sioux City Journal recently featured the story of why the Alfonso Iannelli-sculpted panel depicting the Seventh Commandment ("Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery") was intentionally omitted from the Sioux City County Courthouse in Sioux City, IA. Read about it here and in the newly re-published book on the building and its history, The Woodbury County Courthouse Revealed.
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