The Los Angeles Times reports that the Getty Foundation has launched a new campaign called "Keeping It Modern" which will award grants of $50,000 to $200,000 to a list of 20th century architectural icons, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago. Read more here.
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Now in the Features section: a look at the terrible tragedy at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin 100 years ago and its connections to Wright's birthplace of Richland Center, Wisconsin. Read it here. To stay on top of new PrairieMod features as they roll out, subscribe here.
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KCET Los Angeles posts an interesting history of where Olive Hill in East Hollywood got its moniker: Years before oil heiress Aline Barnsdall had Frank Lloyd Wright design and build her Hollyhock House on the hill site, it was a commercial olive orchard. Read more about it here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed William Winslow Residence in River Forest, IL, which originally hit the market for the first time in decades last year for the asking price of $2.4 million has had that price reduced a few times over the months. Now $1.7 million will buy you this amazing architectural icon. Read more here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin in partnership with SC Johnson will present a free showing of the film, "Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture" at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30) Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Golden Rondelle Theater, 1525 Howe Street in Racine, Wisconsin. A discussion with the film's director, Mark Richard Smith, will follow the screening. More info here.
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Lon Arbegust sends word that a new program of docent led walking tours of historic neighborhoods in Richland Center, Wisconsin (birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright) are now available. For information, follow the link to the official Facebook page of the program or phone 608.604.5034.
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Recently, there's been much attention paid to the Usonian-style Tonken's cat house that's been attributed to being designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. However, I recently received an email from Taliesin apprentice Thomas H. Olson (via his partner, Merle H. Sykora, ASID) that sets the record straight. Read more after the jump...
The ArchiTech Gallery in downtown Chicago has announced their newest show for Fall 2014, "Burnham, Sullivan and Wright" which is up September 5, 2014 through November 29, 2014. The show will feature original drawings, plans, photographs, and objects by three of the titans of Modern Architecture. Follow the link to learn more and plan your visit.
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The news of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's accreditation loss and the internal organizational struggle for its future has been all over the news. The School's survival and its ability to gain accreditation hinges on the need for it to be incorporated as an independent subsidiary from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (something the FLW Foundation Board of Trustees has not been willing to do at this point). Now, a new on-line petition has been started to help build public support for the School's independence and its future. It will be interesting to see how this story plays out if public overwhelmingly supports the School as a separate entity.
If you want to show your support the School, then sign the petition here.
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Head's up! Don't miss your chance to get tickets to the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture" home tour Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10am - 2pm. It's your chance to see some MCM gems in the Chicagoland area that are never toured by the public. Tickets and information can be found here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence (1951) in "The Acres" community in Galesburg, MI has been undergoing some much needed TLC, much of which has been documented on this blog. Now the Usonian, which is for sale for $475,000, is ready to be shown in its first open house, Sunday September 14, 2014 from 3 - 5 pm. If you're near the Kalamazoo area, then go check it out! More info here.
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Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, recently featured a Q&A interview with Frank Lloyd Wright School Board of Governors member, Jerry van Eyck on the subject of the ongoing battle to keep the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture from dissolving after losing accreditation. The magazine previously featured a similar Q&A with Sean Malone, the President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, so it's interesting to get the other side as well.
What's often overlooked in all of this war of the words is how the students themselves feel. Luckily, student Pablo Moncayo has stepped up and put together a couple of YouTube videos speaking up on how he (and presumably other students) feel about the potential loss of their institution. Watch the videos here and here.
We'll keep watching how this story develops and will continue to report on its twists and turns. Feel free to let us know how you feel in the comments section!
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George Millard House in Highland Park, IL has had it's sale price recently reduced to $875,000. As Curbed.com reports, this is beyond a deal for such a stunning Wright-designed home in one of the most affluent suburbs in the Chicagoland area. Hopefully someone who wants to be the home's next steward will snap it up. Your chance to check it out will be at an open house Sunday September 14, 2014. More info here.
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If you missed watching the Chicago Tonight segment yesterday evening about Frank Lloyd Wright's musical (and misunderstood) father, William Carey Wright, then you're in luck! Follow the link to watch the video on-line. If you like what you hear, then you can order a copy of David Patterson's CD of the elder Wright's music here.
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Dave Arland recently visited the Feline History Museum in Alliance, OH and snapped several close-up photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1954 cat house, designed for the daughter of client Gerald Tonkens. Dave put together a really nice on-line exploration of the little Usonian cat house, replete with lots of photos. See it here.
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Dave Clark of the Star Courier recently discovered the Organic Architectural legacy that architect Phil Welch left on his hometown of Kewanee, IL. Read it here.
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Eric S. sends word that the John Howe-designed Mrs. George R. Johnson Residence (known as the "Seagull House") on the cliffs of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, MN, which has been available as a long-term rental for awhile, is now for sale for $799,000. Check out the listing here and the home's history here.
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We recevied news from David Patterson that WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" will be airing a segment on his project recording the music of Frank Lloyd Wright's father, William C. Wright this evening Monday, September 8, 2014. The broadcast airs from 7:00-8:00 pm CST. Typically, a story like this would be shown on the latter half of the program. I'll be sure to post a link to when the segment is posted on-line as well.
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September 4, 2014 marked the 168th birthday of architectural giant and modern urban planner, Daniel Burnham. Architectural Digest remembers Burnham in a recent article exploring his life and iconic contributions. Read it here.
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Toms-Price, a home furnishing retailer in the Chicagoland area, has secured four of the 100 original copies of a variant of Stickley Furniture's Eastwood chair that was made specifically for the Dalai Lama to sit cross-legged in for his American speaking engagements between 2006 and 2012. I can only muse at how the worldly possession-denying Dalai Lama feels about people trying to reach enlightenment sitting in a $10,000 chair marketed using his association...Read more about it here.
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Visitors to SC Johnson’s Racine campus can now add another historic gem to their Frank Lloyd Wright tour schedule. The company announced today that it is partnering with the Johnson Foundation to expand its tour offering to include Wingspread, the remarkable home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Herbert Fisk (H. F.) Johnson Jr., the third generation leader of SC Johnson, and his family. More after the jump...
Yesterday, September 3rd, was architect Louis Sullivan's 158 birthday. In honor of the day, the blog Archdaily shines the spotlight on the "father of skyscrapers." Read and see more here.
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French designer Ora-Ïto unveils on DeZeen his footwear homage to Modernist furniture designers, Charles and Ray Eames: A conceptual Nike trainer with curved rosewood veneer sections reminiscent of the iconic Eames Lounge Chair. While just a concept for now, Ora-Ïto hopes Nike considers making a limited edition run to satisfy all the MCModernists out there. More here.
Northern Public Radio recently featured a segment on Frank Lloyd Wright's recently water-logged Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, IL. While the spectacular Prairie Era home is open again for public tours, the basement is still drying out and a long term flood safety strategy is now underway. Read and listen to more here.
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The LA Times reports on the saving of the Rudolph M. Schindler-designed Bethlehem Baptist Church (1944) by a new congregation. A rare example of a church built by the iconic architect, it is also one of the few intact Modernist structures in South L.A. Read more about it's new life here.
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ARCHITECT, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, recently interviewed Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO Sean Malone about the recent Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's accreditation loss, the school's future options, and the other Foundation-related activities. Read it here.
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Heavy rain swept through Springfield, IL on Thursday night (August 28, 2014) and caused the basement of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Susan Lawrence Dana House to flood. While significant damage to the Prairie School icon was avoided, tours were canceled going into the busy Labor Day weekend. Read more about it here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that Bruce Goff's Myron Bachman House, a 1948 remodel of an 1890 house in Chicago, is on the market for $599,000. The home is a futuristic melding of angled corrugated aluminum and Chicago common brick. The listing is on Zillow, but no interior photos. See more here.
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Photographer and Author, Mark Hertzberg, sends word that the current owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fred B. Jones "Penwern" estate on Delavan Lake, Wisconsin (1900-1903) have have had a website created. Mark has also been commissioned to write a book about Mr. Jones and Penwern. It’s a challenging adventure, given the apparent absence of any correspondence between Messrs. Jones, Wright and Henry H. Wallis, the developer of the Wright homes on the lake. If any PrairieMod readers have any insights into Penwern or Mr. Jones, please let us know! In the mean time, check out the Penwern website here.
Image credit: Mark Hertzberg
Three art glass cabinet doors that were originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Westcott House in Springfield, OH were recently acquired by the house's foundation at auction and will be returned to their rightful place in the Prairie School home. Read more about this exciting preservation win here.
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When the news that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture would lose its accreditation in 2017, the reaction from most was one of surprise and sadness. The Frank Lloyd Foundation opted not to incorporate the school separately for fear of losing control and voted to forgo accreditation.
While Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation president and CEO, Sean Malone, stated in an interview that the Foundation was going to be looking for another accredited institution with whom to partner so they can jointly offer a professional degree, the School's own board of governors saw the situation differently.
On Wednesday, the architecture school’s board of governors released a statement saying it “respectfully disagrees with the decisions and actions” by the Foundation’s board to ostensibly shut the school down.
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Lon Arbegust sends word that the AD German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. has received verification from the Internal Revenue Service that ADGWC, Inc. is now exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ADGWC is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2056, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. They welcome all who wish to contribute to this unique Frank Lloyd Wright restoration effort. Follow the effort at the ADGWC Facebook page here.
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The Journal Online reports that thanks to the fund-raising efforts of a recent Kickstarter campaign on behalf of Sam Guard, Jr., the original Alfonso Iannelli designed memorial statue for his late sister, Georgia Guard, will be copied and placed in Park Ridge's Town of Maine cemetery, allowing the restored original to be protected from further damage. Read more about it here.
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The Spring House Institute is trying to raise matching funds for a special category grant from the Division of Historical Resources to acquire the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Spring House in Tallahassee, FL from original owners, the Lewis Family. Follow the link to read more about it, see a video on the house, and pick your pledge amount (and thank you gift).
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Michael Bridgeman was in the Wright place at the right time in Madison, WI recently. He was able to snap two photos of Frank Lloyd Wright's Lamp House that show the rear (southwest) facade that has been exposed by the demolition of four houses to make way for a new apartment building that takes into account a special area plan adopted earlier this year by the city of Madison. These houses were in place when Robert Lamp built his house in the middle of a block near the state capitol, so this is a view that was never really anticipated—and will disappear when the new building rises on this site. Thanks Michael for the pics!
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As news of flood damage to the Charnley-Persky House spread, friends of SAH have offered their support as volunteers to assist in cleanup and with monetary support. SAH board member Cynthia Weese, FAIA, and her husband, Ben Weese, FAIA, have made a Challenge Grant of $10,000 for Charnley-Persky House recovery and ongoing restoration work. Every dollar donated to the house, up to $10,000, will be matched by the Weese grant. More after the jump...
Robert M. sends a link to a very rare (and very rough condition) table designed by Rudolph Schindler for the living room of the Lovell Beach House. The buy it now purchase price of $7500 is a bit steep, but if you're a collector and have some cash, then it can be yours. See the listing here.
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Paul R. sends a link to the news that The Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, Iowa has been renamed the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center in honor the town's dedicated and important historical preservationist. Read more about it here.
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Tom Desch, a documentary filmmaker, is trying to get the word out about a film he's working on about Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee IL. He's set up a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his film. Check it out here and help support the cause!
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