Curbed National recently featured six homes for sale designed by architects practicing the tenets of Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out the whole list here.
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Mark W. sends a heads-up that the 1914 Prairie School house at 738 William Street in River Forest, IL is for sale for $629,900. The 700 block of William Street is known as a rare example of a large planned concentration of Prairie homes and also for having a murky pedigree. The established architect of record is Harry F. Robinson, but there are some that would like to add the homes to Frank Lloyd Wright's resume (though actual, empirical proof seems elusive). See the listing here.
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Scott T. sends word that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Arnold Jackson House (1957), one of the architect's prefab designs done in concert with Marshall Erdman that was built originally in Madison, WI and moved to Beaver Dam, WI, has hit the market for $625,000. Check out the listing and photos here.
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The Telegraph recently featured an article on a rather fantastical home that really underlines the word Organic in Organic Architecture. The "Mushroom House," a 4200 sqft concrete home designed by James Johnson for clients Robert and Marguerite Antell was built between 1970-72 in the New York State town of Perinton. Read more about this unique home here.
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Architecture critic, Blair Kamin, and rich gas bag-with-a-comb-over, Donald Trump, got into a Twitter architectural war-of-the-words over the ostentatious sign recently installed on Chicago's Trump Tower. "The Donald" showcased his maturity in the tweets, as you would expect. Read more about it here.
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Public online voting for the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize, which recognizes excellence in North Carolina Modernist residential design, begins June 15. Sponsored by the award-winning non-profit architecture organization North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the Matsumoto Prize is a juried competition which also includes public voting to determine three “People’s Choice” winners. Anyone in the world can vote by email (one time per email address) after viewing submissions posted on the NCMH website. More info after the jump...
Dave E. sends word that the John Randal McDonald-designed Anthony Kalupy house is for sale in River Hills, Wisconsin for $289,900. The house was designed in 1953 as part of a three-in-a-row set of houses on Green Tree Road. The back of each of these homes is open to a wooded ravine. The Kalupy house was added on to by a later owner, with the design for the addition was done by JRMcD as well. Check out the listing here and (shameless plug) learn more about John Randal McDonald in the V2/N1 issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the Chicago Tribune about the newly proposed floating entertainment city for Lake Michigan, replete with sundecks, restaurants, a swimming pool, and boat docks called "Breakwater Chicago." Local businessman Beau D'Arcy is looking for crowdsourced Kickstarter funding for the water world and hopes it can provide some fun without damaging the iconic city lakefront. Read more here.
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We learned that there is an open house at the embattled John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving residence this Sunday, June 15, 2014, from 1-4 pm. If you are in the Chicagoland area and can get to Wilmette, then check out this beauty and put in an offer to save it! Listing info here.
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Chicagobussiness.com reports that the Lincoln Park neighborhood studio of architect Howard Alan (a student of architect Bruce Goff and one-time employee at the Iannelli Studios) has been demolished to make way for some new retail/residential building. Read more about this loss here.
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The Kalo Foundation had two very important fragments from the (now lost) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Midway Gardens (1914) donated to its growing collection. A "sprite" head and a wall panel from the building were donated by Phil Fedderson to the organization and are now on display at the Iannelli Home and Studio in Park Ridge, IL. It's a great new home for the pieces, especially since Alfonso Iannelli had such an important and integral connection to Midway Gardens and its sculpture. Plan your visit to see the pieces here.
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There is not much time remaining for someone to save the John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving residence (1928), a Prairie School gem in Wilmette, IL. As chicagobusiness.com reports, the developer that currently owns it has given it only a few weeks on the market to sell before he says it will be torn down to make way for something new (and likely much less inspired). If you have the means and would like to live in a fantastic home, then please contact Landmarks Illinois to save this house.
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A pair of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gates from the Donald Loveness House in Stillwater, MN will be auctioned off at Sotheby's during their June 11, 2014 sale. The gates should really be installed at the home they were only ever intended for, not going for thousands of dollars at auction. See the auction lot here.
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Kelly L. wanted to let PrairieMod readers know that there is a new exhibition at INOVA in Milwaukee. Titled "The Uncertainty of Enclosure: Leo Saul Berk," it features the work of Berk, who grew up in Bruce Goff's Ford House in Aurora, IL. The sculpture in the exhibit is inspired by living in the wondrously creative house. More info here.
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Curbed Chicago marks Frank Lloyd Wright's 147 birthday over the weekend (June 8 to be exact) by highlighting seven of his homes in the Chicagoland area for sale. Why not treat yourself and pick up your favorite of the bunch. See your choices here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog features two updates this morning after a busy weekend. One showcases the open house that took place at the Wright-designed A.D. German Warehouse in Richland Center, WI. The other features the yearly gathering at Taliesin North to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday (which was yesterday, June 8). Read them both here.
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On Friday, June 6, 2014, the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. formally unveiled its recently two most recently completed projects: restoration of floors in the Isabelle R. Martin House and installation of a new fire suppression system, as well as upgrades for visitor readiness in the M&T Visitor Pavilion at Graycliff. Read more after the jump...
Chicago Magazine reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Warren MacArthur House (1892), in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago has sold for $925,000. The home was at the center of a controversial bid by Col. Jennifer Pritzker effort to turn it and it's Wright-designed neighbor, the Blossom House, into a bed & breakfast. Read more about this story here.
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The Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM) has announced further details ahead of the launch of its first exhibition as a permanent institution. "Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future" will open June 12, 2014, at ChiDM’s new 5,000-square-foot-space on the third floor of Block Thirty Seven. more after the jump...
Scott T. has come across a very interesting work of Organic Architecture in Santa Rosa, CA that features curved wooden ceilings, desert stone masonry, and fantastic views. Does anyone know the architect responsible? See it here.
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Curbed National recently featured the amazingly renovation work at the William Drummond-designed River Forest Women's Club, which has been converted from a clubhouse to a spacious home. I've walked through this home since the conversion and it is a stunner. If you fall in love with it, it can be yours for $1.49 million. More here.
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Curbed LA reports that Lloyd Wright's Bollman House (1922), an early example of the Wright's (Dad and Son) concrete block design, is on the market for the first time in decades for $1.9 million. Read more here.
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Patrick Steffes from the blog, Forgotten Chicago, sent word that he has recently published (and just updated) an article PrairieMod readers will enjoy. The article includes previously unknown local projects by Bertrand Goldberg, Paul Schweikher, Edgar Miller, Harold Zook, and others, with an emphasis on lesser known Art Deco and postwar modernist buildings. It also includes photos of long-gone retailers, architect’s offices, and forgotten features of the Century of Progress. Read it here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the A. James Speyer-designed Modernist house in Highland Park, IL and made famous by the movie Ferris Bueller's Day off has finally sold for $1.06 million. Read more about it here.
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It's a busy week in the world of Wright! This week also marks the grand opening of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian masterpiece, the Kenneth Laurent House in Rockford, IL. The home was save by a local group at auction, has been restored and made ready for public tours as one of the newest house museums. Read more about the home and how you an visit here.
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We're less than a week out from Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin's annual "Wright & Like" tour takes place on Saturday June 7, 2014 and you're not going to want to miss this one! This year's driving tour takes place in the communities of Columbus, Dousman, Wales and Delafield, WI and tour goers can expect to see some amazing Organic Architecture. Follow the link to get more info and reserve your tickets.
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Mark H. sends word that tourists to the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago had a bit of a scare recently when a 6 millimeter thick protective glass coating on "The Ledge" (those projecting glass observation boxes) cracked. Although no one was in danger, you can imagine how it still freaked people out. Read more here.
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Both Robert B. and Anthony T. send word that a new monograph has been published by Gibbs Smith on the life work of Organic Architect and Bruce Goff protege, Mickey Muennig. With a forward by architect Herb Greene and an essay by Alan Hess, plus lots of beautiful photography, this book will be a must-have for architecture lovers. More info here.
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Scott T. sends word that the Jack Howe-designed Bowen House No. 2 in New Canaan, CT has come to the market for the kingly price of $3.995 million. While modified from its original design, there are still original sections to enjoy (and perhaps a deep-pocketed buyer with a heart of gold might return it to its unadulterated form...well, a guy can dream!) See the listing with more photos here.
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Greg Kelly sends word that he's running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the initial production of "ModBox", his take on a mid-century mailbox design, and there are only two weeks left to reach the funding goal. If you'd like to see this design come to life, then follow the link to learn more and support the effort!
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Author and Wright collector, Douglas Steiner sends word that he recently had the opportunity to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sutton Residence in McCook, Nebraska, which has been beautifully and meticulously restored. After the visit, he put one of his "Wright Studies" together on the home. Read it here.
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For the first time ever, Millennium Park will partner with WTTW (PBS) for a public screening of an award-winning documentary about a pioneering landscape architect described as “Poet of the Prairie, Maker of Public Parks and Prophet of Conservation.” The award-winning, “Jens Jensen The Living Green” will air on The Screen at Pritzker Pavilion, and on Chicago’s WTTW (PBS), on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m. More info after the jump...
Friday saw the tragic loss of the iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed library at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Through the heroic efforts of the fire fighters, the rest of the building was saved and no one was thankfully hurt, but the loss of the library is a terrible blow. The Scottish and UK governments have already pledged to restore the lost library, but it will take years and a lot of money. Let's hope it can be done and we can learn from this loss. Read more here.
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The Huffington Post gets out its crystal ball in order to give readers a glimpse of what's in store for the architecture of the future. Wild shapes, innovative materials, super "green" technologies all converge in some of the wildest designs you've seen.
While I'm all for pushing the envelope and creativity...I have to say that some of these "future" designs just look stupid. For instance: If I had the choice between NEXT Architects' salt water taffy bridge designed to span the Dragon King Harbour River in China or Frank Lloyd Wright's elegant (and unbuilt) Butterfly Bay Bridge design meant for San Fransisco, CA, I would choose Wright's innovative AND beautiful bridge everytime. Just because you can do something wacky doesn't necessarily mean you should. See all the future projects here.
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The Board of Directors of the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy (ADGWC) are inviting the public to an open house at the Warehouse located at 300 South Church St. in Richland Center on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 2 to 4:30 pm The event celebrates what would be Frank Lloyd Wright's 147th birthday on June 8 and the 40th anniversary of the Warehouse inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. There will be a short program at 3 pm to recognize Glenn and Mary Schnadt for their generous gift to the Richland Center community. ADGWC will then unveil the National Register plaque as well as cut Mr. Wright's birthday cake. Come learn how you may become involved in this one of a kind project. For additional information call 608.604.5034 or email Lon Arbegust at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Clear off some shelf space! Chisel & Mouse is a new Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation licensee, making plaster models of icon buildings. A British company that loves architecture, Chisel & Mouse creates amazingly complex models out of plaster with detail added with metal etching. Some of the more famous of Mr. Wright's buildings are currently available, including the Guggenheim Museum, Unity Temple, Hollyhock House, and the V.C. Morris Gift Shop. They are currently in the process of extending the collection of Wright models and will have approximately 10 by the NYNOW show in August. Check out the collection here and get your favorite Wright building today!
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The Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, VT will host H. Nicholas Muller III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, on June 4 at 7 pm to discuss “Fallingwater: An American Masterpiece,” as part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series, a free event open to the public. Get more details here.
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News reaches us that the Purcell & Elmslie-designed E.S. Hoyt House (1913) in Red Wing, MN has hit the market for $575,000. The listing's photos show a beautiful Prairie School interior, including glass mosaic mural over the fireplace and loads of unpainted woodwork. Hopefully someone will snatch this Prairie treasure up and continue to take great care of it. See more here.
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James Perry of the blog Architectoid sends disturbing news that the John Lautner-designed Crippled Children's Society Rehabilitation Center (1979) in Woodland Hills, CA is in imminent danger of being demolished to make way for a new elder care facility. Read more about it here. If you live in the area, please consider contacting the city of Los Angeles staff Jordann.Turner@lacity.org or call 213-978-1379 to voice your opposition to tearing down this architectural work. Reference case No.: ZA-2014-0463(ELD)(ZV)(SPR).
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