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Big news for architecture lovers was posted on Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog: Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Wax Research Tower will soon be partially open next year! This is really exciting because the Tower has been closed to access since 1981. Read more about the work underway to prepare the Tower for tours and see tons more photos here.
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Florida legislature finally hashed out a deal over the weekend to fund two important projects at Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College: $500,000 for the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center that is being constructed from unbuilt Wright plans and more than $300,000 to restore the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. Read more here.
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The 600-acre Taliesin Estate, which contains Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic home, is once again awakening from hibernation to welcome tourists. The full tour season begins May 1st and the National Historic site will be open every day through October 31st. Get details and plan your visit 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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Mark Hertzberg reports that "The Frank Lloyd Wright At Home" exhibition in Fortaleza Hall on the SC Johnson campus in Racine is changing over to the next iteration (on Usonian Homes) and is expected to reopen the first weekend in May. Learn more at his blog, Wright in Racine.
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Interested in seeing the Arts and Crafts treasures of the UK and saving money? Well you're in luck! The The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is saving travelers $500 for a limited time if they book a spot by March 31, 2013 on the Travel Wright fall excursion, "From Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts", a spectacular journey Sept. 5-14, 2013 through England and Scotland. More after the jump...
Here's a great post on a group of young preservationists in Buffalo, NY, who've come up with a creative (and sweet) way of calling attention to historic buildings in need of saving. It's always comforting to see others joining the preservation fray.
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Bill S. sends word that that Florida Southern College plans to build six small structures inspired by the campus' Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings...for their population of about 100 feral cats. Why don't they just let the cats live in the half-finished Usonian visitors center instead? Read more here.
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We wanted to help spread the word about the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of America workshop for teachers, "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School in the Midwest" which is sponsored by Wright on the Park, Mason City, Iowa, at The Historic Park Inn Hotel, the last standing hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Emphasis on using architecture to teach art, history and culture. Leading scholars, tours of Prairie School architecture, time for curriculum development. Workshop offered in both July and August, 2013. Visit this link for details.
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If you have not been to visit the ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago's gallery district, then what are you waiting for? The current exhibit is titled "Design 1890-1995" and features some rare and wonderful examples of design-related drawings, blueprints, sketches, and much more from luminaries like Frank Lloyd Wright, Keck & Keck, Bertrand Goldberg, and many more. Do yourself a favor and make plans to visit soon. More details here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was in a celebratory New Year mood and posted an amazing selection of beautiful photos of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West taken in 1942 by apprentice Robert Carroll May. See all of these stunning images here.
Credit: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)
Chicago has been surprisingly spared from the usual amount of holiday snow it is used to. But it looks like Buffalo has gotten its share--as seen in these images of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Graycliff" decked out in icicles. Check out more Wright winter wonderland shots of Graycliff here.
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Curbed LA recently put together a Modern Architecture walking tour showcasing a particularly blessed street in Los Angeles' Silver Lake. Micheltorena Street has 13 private residences by the likes of John Lautner, R.M. Schindler, Gregory Ain, and more...all in one mile! See the map and stops here.
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Lynn Becker recently visited the ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago and was treated to a preview of the eagerly anticipated monograph coming next year on Alfonso Iannelli (designed by your PrairieMod editor!) I know it seems like it's taking forever, but let Lynn tell you--it'll be worth the wait. Obviously, as we get closer to publication I'll let readers know more details!
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If you're looking for some calm during the holiday season, then try to make one of the Yuletide Tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate in Buffalo, NY. Weather permitting, well trained docents will lead tours of the festively decorated Graycliff Estate on Wednesday, Dec. 26, Thursday, Dec. 27, Friday, Dec. 28, Saturday, December 29, Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31, 2012. Both Basic, one hour tours and In-Depth, two-hour tours are available each day. Reservations are required; please call 716-947-9217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Graycliff website for more details. Happy Holidays!
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Frank Lloyd Wright's beautifully restored Park Inn Hotel will be the site of a national Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of America Workshop on July 14-19 and Aug. 4-9, 2013. The topic will be of interest to PrairieMod readers: "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School in the Midwest." Read more here.
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Portland, Oregon, has a plethora of architecture styles, notably, a treasure trove of mid-century homes — many in their original condition. The Mid Century Modern League offers a "self-guided driving tour of some of our favorite outer NE mid-century ranch neighborhoods, with specific information on tracts and houses built by renowned architects and builders." For those of you who find yourself in the area (or who already live there), this would be a fun — and dry — way to spend a wet winter weekend in NE Portland.
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After our recent post about Mike Brown's collection of mid-century architecture post cards, Oklahoma City design instructor Jim Watson paid a visit to Mike's OKC vintage shop. Jim reported back about his enjoyable visit with Mike and the treasure trove of mid-century goodies at Retrokc. If you find yourself in Oklahoma City, be sure to check out this part of midtown, which is undergoing an urban renaissance with many great shops and restaurants (one serves sumptuous-looking grilled cheese sandwiches). And if you can't make it to OKC, a sampling of Mike's goods can be found at his Etsy shop. The vintage fabrics are particularly fetching!
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Springfield, Illinois's most famous icon is getting the celebrity treatment this week with the opening of Steven Spielberg's new movie, Lincoln. However, Springfield has another famous icon worth your attention: The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House. Read more about it here.
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Yesterday we posted a photo from Patrick J. Mahoney that tested the guessing power of readers as to which Frank Lloyd Wright house it was taken at. PrairieMod reader Rob Barros guessed correctly first: the photo was from the Lowell Walter House ("Cedar Rock") gate. At left is another photo to give you a better sense of the source. Thanks Patrick and to all the guessers!
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Fresh off his recent trip to Mason City, IA for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference, architect and author Ranolph C. Henning sent info on a new book about the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Park Inn Hotel that he thought PrairieMod readers would want to know about. More after the jump...
Paul R. sends a link to a bevvy of great new walking tours taking place this Fall in the architectural MCM Mecca of Palm Springs. Check them out here.
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Buffalo, NY is awash in Wright architecture, both new and old. One example is the recently built Fontana Boathouse, based on an unbuilt 1905 design by Frank Lloyd Wright originally planned for Lake Mendota in Wisconsin. Find out how this design ended up in Bufflao by reading more here.
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Oak Park is hallowed ground for architecture lovers, due to the fact that the leafy suburb of Chicago boasts the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in the world. Read more about what makes the OP so remarkable here. Then plan your visit here.
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Ohio is constantly in the news these days as an important "swing state" in the upcoming presidential election. Well—politics aside—architecture lovers should plan to "swing" through Ohio to take-in the several wonderful examples of works by Frank Lloyd Wright. Read more about it here.
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