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As the rivers in the Chicagoland area spilled over their banks this last week, Modern Architecture lovers waited with angst to see whether or not Mies van der Rohe's steel and glass masterpiece, the Farnsworth House (1951) in Plano, IL would succumb to flooding once again. According to the house's website and Lee Bey's blog, it seems like the stilted home's interior may have dodged a bullet this time. I won't rest too easy until all that water goes down. More here.
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Here's a link to an article about a vintage photo of a vintage Cadillac in front of a vintage Frank Lloyd Wright home. Read more here.
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There's exciting buzz building about Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Bach House in Chicago. This little late Prairie gem is undergoing an extensive restoration by Tawani Enterprises, a firm owned by Chicago philanthropist and businessman, Col. JN Pritzker (IL-Retired). The house was commissioned in 1914 by Emil Bach, an early admirer of Wright’s work. The project is scheduled for completion in July, 2013 and will be open for overnight guests and exclusive private events. Check out the restoration progress as it's being documented on the Emil Bach House website here.
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Today is Earth Day where you are bombarded with messages and products that are "sustainable." Instead of phoning it in one day a year, try to make even a little difference every day. If everyone tried even a little bit harder to "Live More with Less" we'd all reap the benefits.
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Here's a link to a video showing the destruction of the Bruce Goff-designed Ben Fitzgerald real estate building in Tyler, TX. If you have to look for a silver lining, the grandson of the original client was able to convince the demolition crew to save the tall sign that is supposedly to have been designed by Goff. Read and see more here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's (with help from Marion Mahony) Edward P. Irving Residence (1910) in Decatur, IL is on the market for the approachable price of $649,000. I've been in this home on a few occasions and it is stunning. Hopefully some new stewards can take good care this Prairie gem. Check out the listing with photos galore here.
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Troubling news out of Tyler, TX: Bruce Goff's only work in the town, the Ben Fitzgerald real estate building, is set to be demolished as early as today to make way for a car wash. Even though concerned locals want it to be saved, there's no protection for the building and its owners aren't keen on saving it. Does the world really need another car wash? Read more about this imminent loss here.
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Mark your calendars: The Michigan Modern Symposium will take place June 13-16, 2013 and features an amazing line-up of tours, lectures, and other events that Mod-lovers will want to experience. Check out the booklet of events here for all the details. Take note—conference registration is limited to 500 participants, so register early or be sorry!
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Speaking of pieces of the Rookery Building for sale--in looking for info regarding the elevator transom for sale at Urban Remains, I came across the news that the Leslie Hindman auctioneers is selling the Adams Street staircase from the northeast corner of the famed Rookery Building as a private sale.
As stated at the auction house's website: "The six flights of the original staircase will be sold individually by flight and are comprised of cast iron and marble elements including: balustrades, baseboards, beam covers, columns, column covers, fascias, handrails, landing beams, landing tees, marble slabs, marble walls, newel posts, risers, stringers, treads and wainscoting. The stairway was carefully dismantled, tagged, numbered and removed during the renovation and restoration of the Rookery in March of 1990, over 100 years after the building was erected by the Chicago architectural team of Burnham and Root. Following this grand-scale restoration process, the building’s owner, L. Thomas Baldwin III, presented the stairway as a gift to the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The sale of the staircase will benefit the University Museum."
At this rate, will anything be left at the Rookery? Read more here.
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11 vacant firehouses are set to be sold off by the city of Chicago, with officials saying any proposed use (single family home, retail, museum) will be considered regardless of zoning. Read more about it here.
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Adam Grant, author of the book Give and Take, recently wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about how power can reveal or amplify the true nature of a person. His example is Frank Lloyd Wright, who he characterizes as a natural "Taker," whose tendencies became more apparent when he received fame and power. Read more here.
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The shock of the demolition of The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hoffman Auto Showroom in New York City earlier this week is starting to hit people and more reaction is coming out from preservation groups and individuals. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has posted an official statement about the loss, as well as a statement of importance written by architectural scholar David DeLong. Crain's New York has also posted an article with some of the New York reaction. Follow the links to read each. The only way to avoid senseless losses like this in the future is to support preservation organizations like the FLWBC and act proactively to save remaining sites.
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Zachary Matthews sends a link to a Newson6.com story about the campaign to raise $4 million to renovate the Bruce Goff-designed Riverside Studio (1928) in Tulsa, OK which is now known as the Tulsa Spotlight Theater. Hopefully that amount includes recreating the Olinka Hrdy murals and Alfonso Iannelli fountain. More here.
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More information comes out about the loss of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hoffman Auto Showroom at 430 Park Avenue in New York City, which was completely gutted during March 29- April 3. Although altered twice over the years, when it was destroyed it still retained the central and distinctive Wright-designed elements of the spiral ramp and turntable. PrairieMod contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to provide some aditional information regarding what was being done to try and save this site in the months prior to its sudden demolition and for some reaction to its loss. Read more after the jump...
News reaches us that architect, artist and philosopher Paolo Soleri passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 93. The day has meaning since this Taliesin-trained architect died on the same day that his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright did 54 years earlier. Read more about Paolo's life and legacy here.
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Today marks the 54th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's passing. He was almost 92 when he passed and his legacy shines on in the inspirational works and words that he left behind. It's amazing how one creative person can have such a remarkable impact on so many lives. Help keep that legacy alive by becoming a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, or any of the many individual sites that promote Wright's legacy.
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Linda Eales sent word that Scott W. Perkins, a national expert on Frank Lloyd Wright's work, will be speaking about Wright's SAMARA in West Lafayette, IN and how it relates to the architect’s other Indiana structures. The lecture takes place on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202) and is supported by the Cornelius and Anna O’Brien Lecture Series Concerning Historic Preservation. The event is FREE but you need to RSVP online at samaralecture.eventbrite.com or call 317-639-4534.
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The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the view from the summit of Mt. Ainslie across the capital city of Canberra will be named after Marion Mahony Griffin, whose beautiful rendering of a similar view helped secure the Griffin's as the winning architects in the 1912 competition to design the city's master plan. Read more about it here.
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The blog projectophile.com posted a warning to anyone who loves both Mid-Century Modern homes and their children: Don't mix the two. Floating stairs, open ledges, Nature-inspired death traps...the list of ways your toddlers will expire goes on and on. Read this hilariously tongue-in-cheek blog entry here.
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Heath Ceramics recently announced their new seasonal palette for Spring 2013, which includes bright blues and a cool green. Check out the full collection of spring beauties here.
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