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...
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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The Buffalo News announces that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed filling station (originally designed in 1927 but never realized until now) will officially open to the public at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum on Friday June 27, 2014. More info here and 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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This article from the Japan Times provides a glimpse at Oya-machi, a town built on a plateau of volcanic Oya stone in the Tochigi Prefecture of Japan. Frank Lloyd Wright was particularly found of the porous and easily-sculpted stone, and used it extensively in his (now lost) Imperial Hotel to wondrous effect. Read more about Oya and the village it comes from here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent house in Rockford, IL is set to open its doors to public tours starting on June 6, 2014. Its the newest Wright House museum and the only one built by Wright for a disabled client (Mr. Laurent was wheelchair-bound). Make plans to see it by clicking here.
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Today is the official day that public tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin begin! To celebrate the occasion, Mark Hertzberg has posted some fantastic views from inside the remarkable building at his blog, Wright in Racine. See them here and then reserve your tour spot here.
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DNAInfo Chicago reports that the restoration work on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1915 Emil Bach House in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago is almost finished, and the results are already being called amazing. You can not only take tours of this home, but it will be available for overnight stay as well. Read more here, see a gallery of photos, and then find out how to visit here.
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After a recent trip to the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright's work, Mark Hertzberg posted some fantastic photos of Florida Southern College to his weblog, Wright in Racine. See them all here.
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The newest Frank Lloyd Wright museum, The Kenneth & Phyllis Laurent House, will open to the public on Friday, June 6, 2014 in Rockford, Illinois. A series of events beginning Wednesday, June 4 will celebrate the opening. The opening coincides with what would have been Wright’s 147th birthday on June 8. More info after the jump...
I recently found myself passing through Grand Rapids, MI on my way back from a business meeting and I had a little time on my hands. So, I decided to pop into the Grand Rapids Art Museum to see their stunning Eugene Masselink designed and hand painted wooden screen. Gene originally created it for House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon as part of an entire room design, including a corresponding rug. if you find yourself in Grand Rapids, make sure you pop-in to see it for yourself!
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We're nearing the date when public tours will commence for the first time at Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin and excitement is building. We received additional information from SC Johnson about the tours and what's in store for visitors. Read more after the jump...
The internet is abuzz about the announcement of free tours starting May 2, 2014 of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower. Starting Monday, people can make online reservations for tours that include the Research Tower. Read more here, here, and info about tours here.
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New for 2014, the interiors of the Taliesin residence will be open to early bird visitors this April. Taliesin Preservation, Inc. (TPI) offers several tours of the expansive 600-acre estate during the full tour season, which runs every day May – October.
Until this year, the shoulder months of April and November were limited to an exterior shuttle ride and landscape tour available on weekends only. That tour is now being replaced with our comprehensive two-hour House Tour and will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Read more after the jump...
Before his work on the 1893 World’s Fair grounds of the White City, Frederick Law Olmsted created the storybook village of Riverside, Illinois in 1869 as a place of rest and rejuvenation from the stresses of modern urban living. Today this magical place of curving streets, gas lamps, and charming parks still fulfills Olmsted’s dream. It has since inspired architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan to create some of their most beautiful works. Over 80 landmark structures representing 145 years of iconic American architecture dot the village. The Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside invites you to experience this very special American place, a place with a hidden history that may surprise you. Two separate docent-led tours alternate monthly on the following Sundays in 2014: (North Division) May 25, July 27, and September 21. (South Division) June 29, August 31, and October 26. Tours depart 2 pm from the Riverside Railway Depot. Get more details here.
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Are you interested in helping to present Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House to visitors from around the world? The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will hold training sessions in February for volunteer interpreters to lead tours at the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park. More info after the jump...
I came upon the webpage for the Flying L Guest Ranch in Bandera, TX that has really intriguing villas that are said to be designed and built in 1949 by "associates of Frank Lloyd Wright." These were designed in Wright's lifetime, so does anyone know which "associate" was actually responsible for this commission? Check out more info and photos here.
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Experience the beauty of historic Pleasant Home at night! Bring your friends and take this rare opportunity to tour the George W. Maher-designed mansion after dark. The evening will include a wine & cheese reception with live music, while docents give station tours of the many beautiful rooms located on the first floor. Pleasant Home’s restored library will house an exhibit of historic clothing, courtesy of the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. $30 per person, reservations required and available online, minimum 10 guests per event. Contact Sarah for questions at email@example.com.
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The TimesDispatch.com highlights the region in-and-around Madison, Wisconsin for its abundance of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Read more here.
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The ArchiTech Gallery's newest show, called Alfonso Iannelli and the Studios, opens today and will be up through April 26, 2014. The show features several remarkable pieces for sale from the full spectrum of the Iannelli Studios career. Check out some of the offerings by following the link and be sure to visit the gallery before the show closes.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana Thomas House in Springfield, IL is offering a new tour called "The Wright Concepts tour" in which the design principles behind Prairie School architecture are explained in depth and a new perspective on Wright’s architectural vision is offered. Learn more here.
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December 21 marks the Winter solstice, the longest night of the year and the point at which the days will start getting longer. To celebrate this important seasonal event, SC Johnson illuminates its historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower and anticipates the first ever public tours of the building starting in spring 2014. Get all the details after the jump...
Chicagonow.com reports that the Auditorium Theatre of Chicago has named First Lady Michelle Obama as honorary chair and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule will serve as Honorary Co-chairs for their historic 125th Season. When the Adler & Sullivan building opened, it was hailed by many as "the eighth wonder of the world." If you have not visited this amazing building, then make plans during this special celebratory year. More here.
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In early 2014, Loew's will be opening a mid-century-themed resort in Florida, modeling it after the mod motels of Wildwood, NJ. Get a sneak peak here, or to see the real thing, head to Wildwood, NJ itself and marvel at the original architectural gems that weren't lost in the recent building boom (there are still plenty left).
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With winter setting-in, making the trek to Spring Green, Wisconsin to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin might be way too chilly. What to do? Explore Wright's masterpiece from the comfort of your own home through this amazing 360˚ virtual tour of the home and grounds. Explore here.
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I had a chance to visit the Hieronymus Mueller Museum in Decatur, IL yesterday and was treated to a delightful tour of the various historic materials related to this famous plumbing manufacturing company. Some of you might also know that the Mueller family has Prairie School connections: nearby Millikin Place has three Prairie School residences designed by Marion Mahony (with some Frank Lloyd Wright, George Mann Nidecken, and Walter Burley Griffin associated as well). I was pleasantly surprised to see that the museum had three original Niedecken-designed furniture pieces from the Adolph Mueller Residence (#4 Millikin Place) on display—including one of the home's chairs shown in the vintage photo at left. Plan a visit to see the museum the next time you're in Decatur and check out their on-line collection of Millikin Place-related vintage photos here.
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Jeffery Rapp sends a link to an article posted on MinnPost.com about one architecture geek's search for Wright gems in the Twin Cities metro area. Read it here.
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I recently posted some pretty pricey vintage fashion photos in which the now lost Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pauson House is shown in the background. I remembered that Chicago's ArchiTech Gallery has a beautiful vintage print of the interior of the Pauson House taken by Wright's personal photographer, Pedro E. Guerrero, that were kept as part of his private collection. It's for sale in the current Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition, now on view at the ArchiTech Gallery. Check out a few more original Guerrero's that are being offered from ArchiTech after the jump...
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Zaha Hadid-designed Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum (2012) on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. This angular building differentiates itself from the surrounding built environment thanks not only to its dramatic folded form, but also the way in which the materials it's made from are utilized. Read and see more after the jump...
No, the iconic Arts & Crafts-era Hotel in Asheville, NC was not a backdrop for a wild Jazz Age party in the recent Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Instead, NPR reveals the little known story of how the Grove Park Inn played a role in the lives of Gatsby's creator, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his troubled wife, Zelda. More here.
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