The Wichita Eagle reports that Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House, which has previously only been open for tours by appointment, will begin the process of expanding their tour accessibility, with the goal of being open for tours every day. Read more and watch a video here.
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Michael B. sends a link to an article on the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation's website that highlights five Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in Madison, Wisconsin. Three locals offer advice on what to see and do, including Anna Andrzejewski, an art history professor who has done work on the topics of Frank Lloyd Wright and Marshall Erdman. This digital post is a companion article to a related "Itinerary" item in this month's hard-copy magazine by the same writer. Check more out here.
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The Journal Times reports that the recent Chicago Architectural Biennial not only was successful in promoting Chicago's architectural legacy, but it successfully brought 8,000 visitors to Racine to see the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed treasures at the SC Johnson campus. Read more about it here.
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KIMT.com reports on the 10-year anniversary this month of when the nonprofit Wright on the Park took ownership of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, IA. This fall will mark another milestone: The five-year anniversary of the Hotel's restoration and grand re-opening. Read and see more here. Make sure you plan to stay at the Hotel by booking your reservation here.
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From luxurious mansions built for the rich in the 1800s to practical homes for the 1950s middle class, a series of day trips sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in and around Chicago; Springfield, Ill.; and Milwaukee explore the evolution of residential architecture in the Midwest. Get all the details after the jump...
Michael B. sends us a link to a post by Linda Brazill, a Madison, Wisconsin-based blogger who focuses on gardening and design. The post on her blog "Each Little World" documents a recent visit to Buffalo, NY and Frank Lloyd Wright's stunning Darwin D. Martin House. Read it here.
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Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Cory Mason of Racine, recently went on Wisconsin Public Radio to promote his continued effort to push for his bill that would create a Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail in the state, linking (and promoting) several Wright sites together in a tourism-friendly format. Read and hear more here.
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January 31 marks what would have been architect E. Fay Jones' 95th birthday. 4029tv.com marks the event by showcasing the most famous designs of the Arkansas Organic Architect. Check it out here. If you'd like to see some of Jones' work in person, be sure to attend the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's "Out and About Wright" event this spring. Details here.
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Julie Lasky, a native Chicagoan who moved away from the "Second City", recently returned at the behest of the Wall Street Journal to cover a spotlight story on Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie House. Read about Julie's homecoming and impression of the iconic Prairie house here.
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Allison Meier for the blog Hyperallergic.com recently paid a visit to the Bachman-Wilson House, which was recently uprooted from its flood-prone New Jersey site and installed on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Read more about the visit here.
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Richland Center, Wisconsin, the Midwest gem notable for being the birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright has more architectural facets to enjoy. Aside from the Wright connection, the town has saved the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed warehouse ever built, Modernist homes by students and contemporaries of Wright, and a wonderfully intact 19th century downtown. You can learn more about the town's architectural and historical sites here. Then read more about Richland Center (and 29 other architecturally impressive small towns) here.
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John L. Dorman of the New York Times takes an architectural pilgrimage through Oak Park, IL to see the remarkable collection of Wright buildings that grace the leafy village west of Chicago. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson house officially opened yesterday at its new home in Bentonville, Arkansas at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. PrairieMod pal, Paul Ringstrom was there last week and sends some photos of the home's exterior and the surrounding landscape to give a sense of the topography around the house. See them all after the jump...
Chicagonow.com reports that H.H. Richardson's Gilded Age Chicago masterpiece, the Glessner House, recently received the 2015 President’s Award for Stewardship from Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Awards. Read more about it here and plan your visit to the house museum here.
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The Midland Daily News recently highlighted one of Alden B. Dow's earliest Midland, MI houses, the 1935 Howard Ball residence. If you've not been to Midland, MI to see the Dow Home & Studio and check out the other architectural gems in the area, then follow the link to plan your trip.
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The 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference officially ended last night with the Gala Dinner, but since we were in Milwaukee and getting ready to head back home, I thought we'd swing by the historic Pabst Brewery's Blue Ribbon Hall to see the remarkable Edgar Miller frescoes inside. See more after the jump...
Escape to sunny California this winter and join The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's popular Travel Wright: California Craft excursion. See stunning scenery and enjoy VIP access to public buildings, including Frank Lloyd Wright's famed Hollyhock House and get a look inside the Samuel Freeman House. Visit the Greene and Greene-designed Gamble House and Blacker House in Pasadena, as well as other Californian architectural icons. Trip participants also receive a curator-led tour of the American decorative arts collection at the Huntington Museum and Library. Get all the details here.
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Here's a link to an article about a well-kept secret in the Missouri Ozarks: Rainbow Springs is a privately owned natural wonder of natural springs and leafy woods near Dora, MO. An historic MCM fishing lodge designed by architect Barry Evans and overlooking the spring is now available for nightly rental. Read more about it here.
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The Rockford Register Star reports that since opening as a house museum in 2014, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ken and Phyllis Laurent House has hosted over 1400 visitors from across the globe. The organization that oversees the home has big plans to build on this initial success, including launching a fundraising campaign and recruiting more docents. Read more about it here and plan your visit here.
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The Society of Architectural Historians, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will present an expanded tour program of its National Historic Landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, during the Biennial. Guided tours of the house will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. between October 7 and December 23. All tours are open to the public. More info after the jump...
Curbed National shines the spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate in Buffalo, NY and the extensive restoration to the home and landscape that has made it a must see destination for architecture fans. It's especially great to see the historic photos in the article. Read and see it all here.
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Yesterday I posted one of my "archi-graphics" as a tribute to the Wright month of June. I got some great responses, so I'll treat readers again to another: This one is a view of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green, WI. If you have not visited the real thing, then plan your trip this summer!
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The USA Today recently asked author Tom Heinz his picks for the 10 best Frank Lloyd Wright homes open to public tours. See the list here and see if you agree--if not, what Wright houses should have made the list?
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Fontana Boathouse will be on upcoming Explore Buffalo tours June 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 1 to 2 pm and June 6, 11 am to 12 pm. The tour includes both the exterior and interior of the Boathouse, providing an in-depth look at a masterpiece of prairie-style design. Get more info and sign up here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the Chicago Reader about the Mid Century Modern destination that is Midland, Michigan, which is flush with fantastic designs and the home and studio of architect Alden B. Dow. Read more here and plan your visit to see it for yourself!
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Iowa's Independence Bulletin Journal reports that Frank Lloyd Wright's Lowell and Agnes Walter House (aka "Cedar Rock") near Quasqueton, IA started its tour season this last week and will be open through October. If you have not had a chance to visit this wonderful MCM gem, then plan your trip today! Read more about the home and visiting here.
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The John E. and Catherine E. Christian House (aka "SAMARA") in West Lafayette recently became the state of Indiana's 40th National Historic Landmark. Read and listen to more about this momentous event here. Then, visit SAMARA's new website and plan your visit to this remarkable Usonian gem here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog spotlights the opening of the fourth annual exhibition in the “At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright” gallery in Fortaleza Hall on the SC Johnson campus in Racine, WI. The theme of the exhibit is Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1910 Wasmuth Portfolio, with fifty lithographs from the publication and artifacts from select Wright residences on display. Also of note, SCJ weekend tours now include H.F. Johnson Jr.’s period refurbished office in the Wright-designed Administration Building (1936). Read and see more here. Then plan your tour and visit here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Stockman House in Mason City, IA will be open for regularly scheduled public tours starting May 14, 2015 through September 30, 2015 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and on Saturdays and Sundays during October.
Tours on other days are available only by appointment, if made 3 days in advance. Tour fees and other information are available here.
While in town, don't forget to see (and make reservations to stay at) Wright’s restored Historic Park Inn Hotel. Details here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent House will be open for public tours starting May 2,2015 on the first and second weekends of each month through October 18. Tours depart from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, at 11 am, noon and 1, 2 and 3 pm. Cost is $15; $5, students. For information and to make a tour reservation visit laurenthouse.com.
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Before his work on the 1893 World’s Fair grounds of the White City, Frederick Law Olmsted created the storybook village of Riverside in 1869 as a place of rest and rejuvenation from the stresses of modern urban living. Today this magical place of lush landscaping, curving streets, gas lamps, and charming parks still fulfills Olmsted’s dream. The 2015 schedule of walking tourshas been announced by the Frederick Law Olmstead Society of Riverside so that you can experience this wonderful suburb of Chicago for yourself. More after the jump...
John Clouse was kind enough to send some of his beautiful architectural photos from a recent trip to Cuba. The island nation retains many examples of pre-war Modernism, and the subsequent embargo years have meant slow development. This means that the drive to tear things down to put up bland condos and hotels has not occurred there like in other places. Read and see more after the jump...
Jack L. sends word that Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL will be closing its doors to tours as of May 30, 2015 and the congregation will be moving out the end of June. This is all in preparation for the building's complete restoration. If people have not visited this iconic work of Modern Architecture then get going and see it by the end of May or you'll have to wait until the restoration is complete in September of 2016. Tour info here.
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The frigid cold in Chicago has many of us thinking of the warm sweet weather of May. Another thing to look forward to in May will be the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Out and About Wright 2015 event taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana May 1-3, 2015. Titled "Wright and Modernism in Indiana" the all-day tour planned on Saturday May 2 will visit Wright’s John E. Christian House (aka Samara) and the Richard Davis House. The tour will also include Edward Larrabee Barnes’ Christian Theological Seminary, the Roche-Dinkeloo Pyramids and more.
The tour to Columbus, Indiana and the Miller House reached capacity pretty quickly, so at the moment the FLWBC is only accepting people on a wait list, and if they have enough demand they may add another tour Friday afternoon. Check out more info here and register online here.
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wtxl.com reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Clifton and George Lewis House (aka "Spring House") is open the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 pm for tours of the building and the surrounding grounds. It costs $15 a person and children under the age of 12 are free. Follow the link to watch a video and read more. If you would like to learn more about Spring House, you can call 850-321-6417 or visit www.PreserveSpringHouse.org.
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When the the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in LA reopens next month after a long restoration period, architecture lovers will be able to see it over a 24-hour period from Feb. 13-14. The city council is going one step further in and having admission be free during that open house. Read more here and plan your visit here.
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Curbed LA reports that after six long years of extensive restoration work, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Barnsdall Residence (aka "Hollyhock House") in Los Angeles, CA will be open again to the public starting February 13, 2015. Can't wait to go and see it again! Read more about it here.
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