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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 email@example.com. 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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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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