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!
Illustration credit: © Eric O'Malley/PrairieMod
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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The News Courier reports that visitors in the first quarter of the fiscal year to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama are up 57 percent. Combine this with total revenue up to 93 percent (thanks in part to opening a gift shop and accepting credit cards) and the Rosenbaum House is off to a good start in 2015. Read more here.
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Join the Darwin Martin House on June 6-7, 2015 for an unforgettable travel excursion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Package includes one night’s accommodations at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh, exclusive guided visits to private homes designed by Wright apprentices Cornelia Brierly and Peter Berndtson, a reception with Fallingwater’s Director of Preservation, all tours and gratuities, and transportation via motor coach. This extraordinary architectural experience in the city of Pittsburgh and the nearby Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands is not to be missed. For more information, follow the link or call 716-856-3858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sports Car Illustrated reports that the second-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance takes place on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, AZ. As stated in the article, the event will feature 90 cars including "the Pierce-Arrow luxury brand, the 100th anniversary of the Italian design firm Ghia, Ferrari race cars through 1965, and cars once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright". Read more here.
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Today is the last day to enjoy a Yuletide Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff, a short drive but a world away from the stresses of the holidays. Visitors can unwind with a leisurely tour, and enjoy Graycliff’s festive holiday décor amidst the magnificent architecture. Free hot mulled cider is served at the conclusion of tours, and Graycliff’s Pavilion gift shop has lots of choices to help out Santa or Hanukkah Harry. Reservations required; please visit the website here, or call 716-947-9217 for more information and specific tour times.
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The Buffalo News reports that James T. Sandoro, founder of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, has been awarded the Lee Iacocca Award for his life's work dedicated to vintage automobiles. Sandoro recently expanded the museum in Buffalo to include a replica of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's automobile filling station designs. Read more here.
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Mark H. sends a link to the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy's Facebook page post about a carriage on display at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building that is said to have belonged to the iconic architect. It was purchased at an auction at Taliesin during the 1950s by a man from the Bear Valley community and was later acquired by an Ithaca area family before finally making its way to the Warehouse. Follow the link to see more and plan a visit to see it in person!
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The Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM) the 5,000-square-foot-space on the third floor of Block Thirty Seven in downtown Chicago recently launched their second city-focused design series exhibits. Titled "Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles!", the series reflects on how design history recognizes cities through the work of local practitioners and their projects and featured Deborah Sussman, an iconic designer who helped shape the visual landscape of Los Angeles and define the field of environmental graphic design. More after the jump...
The Boston Globe recently featured the remarkable collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings that make up the campus at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. Read it 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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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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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...
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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