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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Some PrairieMod Squad members stopped to check out a sweet new shop in Forest Park, IL called Yearbook. Filled with distinctively curated new and vintage items, Yearbook is part curio cabinet/part museum/part antique shop--but all cool.
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Then plan to see it for yourself at this year's Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference. RSVP and learn more here.
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Things are really shaping-up nicely at the new Usonian house visitor center at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Florida Southern College. If you've not visited the website/blog all about this remarkable building based on Wright's original design, then catch-up on the progress and a lot of other goodies here.
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Mark Hertzberg recently had the opportunity to photograph the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "Great Workroom" at the SC Johnson Administration Building in Racine, WI. As happens, though, several other things around the campus caught his eye. Check out all of Mark's fantastic photos here from an afternoon spent "Wright" at SC Johnson.
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Decades before the term "Man Cave" came into regular use, Frank Lloyd Wright had designed one for client, Lowell Walter, (in the form of a river pavilion) in Quasqueton, IA near his Wright-designed home, Cedar Rock. Now Walter's retreat is in need of serious restoration before it tumbles into the river. Read more about it and how you can help save the structure here.
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Oak Park, IL is holding its first annual summer outdoor sculpture walk June 2 – October 14, 2012. It'll be a chance to see some iconic architecture and cutting edge public sculpture side-by-side. Art will be on display at 12 locations on Lake Street and Forest Avenue. The walk will begin at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., head west along Lake Street to Forest Avenue, then north toward Chicago Avenue. Learn more here and here.
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...And if you're planning to be in Chicago to see the "Wright's Roots" exhibit, then don't miss the chance to visit the ArchiTech Gallery as well to see rare architectural drawings, photos, artifacts and the current show featuring works by architect, Alfred Browning Parker. Details here.
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Do not miss this exhibit! Tim Samuelson, the Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago's new exhibit titled "Wright's Roots" will open at the Expo 72 gallery in Chicago tomorrow, June 17, 2012 and run through September 30, 2012. The exhibit will incorporate seldom-seen illustrations and original artifacts to tell the story of Frank Lloyd Wright's complex personal journey during the often-overlooked early period of his life and career. Get details here.
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Speaking of Wright in Racine, Mark also posts that he has received preliminary news from SC Johnson Company that the possibility of opening parts of the long dormant Research Tower on their corporate campus for public tours is being explored. Read more about this tantalizing news here.
In the meantime, if you're eager to learn more about this remarkable building, make sure to pick-up a copy of the definitive book on the subject here.
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As a special treat to PrairieMod readers in honor of Mr. Wright's 145th, here's a new Mod illustration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Stockman House in Mason City, IA. Plan to see the real Stockman House (and many more of Mason City's cool architecture) at this year's Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference. Get details and reserve your tickets here.
See all the rest of PrairieMod's Architectural Graphics here. Happy Birthday, Mr. Wright!
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Wright-related events and celebrations will be occurring across the country today. Wright in Wisconsin holds its annual "Wright & Like" Tour starting today through the weekend in Spring Green, WI, the site of Frank Lloyd Wright's stunning estate, Taliesin. If you are taking-in the sites, please send PrairieMod some photos of the event and the architecture so we might share!
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The Frank Lloyd wright-designed Bradley House in Kankakee, IL is an important architectural milestone in the development of Prairie School architecture. However, the home, which is now open to the public for tours and operated by the supremely dedicated organization, Wright in Kankakee, needs help in raising the funds necessary to fully fund the home's future and awareness among the public to come visit this remarkable architectural icon. Read more about the challenges here and plan your visit/support the cause here.
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The Glessner House Museum will host its annual house tour fundraiser of Chicago's Prairie Avenue Historic District 1-4pm June 10, 2012. Titled "A Walk Through Time," the event will feature seven private homes built from 1868 to 1894, an 1870 mansion converted into a hotel, the Glessner and Clarke house museums, and historic Second Presbyterian Church with its large collection of Tiffany windows. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Glessner House Museum, its website, or by calling 312-326-1480.
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To commemorate the building and flourishing of the E. Fay Jones-designed Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a celebration and reunion will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The public event will be from 2-5 p.m. and visitors will be able to meet Maurice Jennings, the architect who worked with E. Fay Jones to design the chapel; Jerry LaBounty, the original builder; the Reed family, and the Thorncrown staff. Read more about this amazing building here and get details on visiting here.
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Photographer, author and blogger, Mark Hertzberg, was also at The SC Johnson Gallery: Frank Lloyd Wright at Home preview yesterday and posted his experience and more photos over at his blog, Wright in Racine. Check it out here.
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Just a reminder: Tickets are still available for the 38th annual Wright Plus housewalk which takes place June 2, 2012 in Oak Park, IL. It's your chance to tour nine private homes in Oak Park, IL, several of which are by Frank Lloyd Wright. Get tickets and more info here.
And if you go, don't forget to wear your official Wright Plus 2012 t-shirt (designed by PrairieMod!) Get yours here.
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The work on the "Usonian House," the new educational and visitor center for Florida Southern College that is based on a previously unbuilt Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian home is coming along nicely. Take a virtual walk through of the progress so far and get ready to visit the finished product in Fall 2012. See and learn more here.
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While the Chicago Loop was filled with protestors and dignitaries this weekend, The Forest Leaves reports that 40 spouses of NATO officials toured the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
The idea for the tour came from the wife of U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, Elisa D. Harris, who apparently is a big Frank Lloyd Wright fan. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd wright-designed Stockman House in Mason City, IA is set to open up for public tours for its 20th season. Read more about it here and plan to attend this year's Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference to see it in person! Details here.
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Foxnews.com counts down the Top 10 Mod Houses to drool over and luckily tour for yourself. See the list here. Do you agree? What would you put on the list instead?
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2012 marks an important celebratory milestone for Organic Architectural enthusiasts. It's the 75th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's Arizona home and studio, Taliesin West. Read more about this amazing site here and plan your visit to see this remarkable building for yourself!
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For more than twenty years, Taliesin Preservation, Inc. (TPI) has been operating a tour program of Frank Lloyd Wright’s private estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin - a program that directly supports their mission to preserve the buildings, artifacts, and landscape of the estate as well as Wright’s legacy in Wisconsin. Now for 2012, four new specialty tours have been added to the line-up that will appeal to a wide range of people and interests. Learn more after the jump...
Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture now have a new way to see the Architect's Buffalo, NY work. A new tour called "All Wright — All Day" is being offered that lets participants take a guided tour of all four Wright sites in the city, includes trolley transpiration and lunch at the Buffalo Yacht Club. Find out more here.
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The Historic Preservation League of Oregon is now selling tickets for the 2012 Robert Rummer House Tour slated for Saturday, June 2. Last year's tour was a delight and this one proves to be equally as informative. This year's homes will be in "the Bohmann Park tract in the Garden Home district, [which] comprises the largest development of contiguous Rummer Homes ever concentrated in one neighborhood. This neighborhood of 63 mid-century modern homes on four streets is unique." Rummer himself will be available for Q&As in the house in which he and his wife once lived.
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May 5, 2012 is quickly approaching and if you have not secured your spot for the sure-to-be-fantastic Out and About Wright: Prairie Architecture in the Illinois Heartland, hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, then what are you waiting for? We've heard that spaces on the tour, which will visit Springfield and Decatur Wright-related sites, are filling-up fast! Get details here and read a recent article about the tour here.
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