The Kalo Foundation sent out a troubling plea asking for help raising $40,000 in donations to help fix structural issues that threaten the Alfonso Iannelli Home & Studio in Park Ridge, IL. The walls of the historic building have begun to shift and splay and additional bracing is vitally needed to prevent roof collapse. Please donate what you can to help prevent this from happening. Follow the link to learn more.
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This Saturday is the Pleasant Home's "June Revel" fundraising gala in Oak Park, IL. If you want to bask in the glow of this George W. Maher gem, mingle with wonderful preservationists, and have a generally wonderful time, then follow the link and get some last minute tickets to the event.
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Heads up Wright fans! Registration for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s conference in San Francisco, Nov. 2-6, 2016 is open and we wanted to let PrairieMod readers know that the FLWBC is offering an early-bird discount on registration through June 30, 2016. More details and info on how to register can be found at here.
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This last weekend was Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday celebration at Taliesin near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Every year, a special gathering of friends and family for drinks, a musical performance, and dinner at Wright's Taliesin estate is one of the highlights of the year.
This year the Organic Architecture + Design Archives unveiled a special present for Mr. Wright's birthday: The replica Call Building model, funded by generous grassroots support and built by master craftsman Stafford Norris III, was installed back at Hillside. It will hopefully delight and inspire generations of children and adults and stand as a testimony to Frank Lloyd Wright's genius. Follow the link to more photos of the birthday event at Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine weblog.
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In other significant Wright-related news announced yesterday, The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy sent word that they brokered a deal that will see the threatened Frank Lloyd Wright-designed R.W. Lindholm House moved from its original location in Cloquet, Minnesota, and reconstructed at Polymath Park in Acme, Pennsylvania. Read more after the jump...
Mark your calendars! The seventeenth annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America (with tours) will be taking place in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago and nearby Blue Island. There will be presentations by noted scholars and tours of area houses by Griffin, Wright, Maher, Goldberg and more. Read more here and get details about the event and how to become a member here. Don't miss it!
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Fundraising is still underway to move the 1935 William Wesley Peters-designed Peters-Margedant House in Evansville, IN. The University of Evansville and historic preservation groups are trying to raise the remaining $40,000 to move the home to the University of Evansville campus where it will be restored. Read and watch more here.
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SWNews4U reports that Preservation architects from Isthmus Architecture, Inc. were in Richland Center sampling and photographing the concrete, brick, and grout on the exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed A.D. German Warehouse. The efforts were done to determine condition and gather information so that the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. (ADGWC) can work with them to prepare grant proposals and complete restoration plans. Read more about it here.
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Heidi R. sends a heads up that Pleasant Home Foundation is conducting a tour of two George W. Maher & Son buildings in Marquette Park, Gary, Indiana on June 5, 2016. Christopher Meyers is leading the tour and the group is excited to be collaborating with the City of Gary, their Park District and others who are intimately involved with the restoration and operation of the Bathing Pavilion and Aquatorium. More info and tickets available here.
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Explore Racine, WI's Wright and some of its unique Organic Mid-Century Modern treasures on the upcoming Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin's Wright & Like 2016 house walk. The eleven site architectural adventure through sixty years of Organic Architecture begins in 1905 with the Thomas P. Hardy House by Frank Lloyd Wright and wraps up in 1965 with The Prairie School, designed by Wright's apprentice Charles Montooth and Taliesin Architects. More info after the jump...
Don't miss Landmarks Illinois upcoming "Living Modern" presentation by Sidney K. Robinson and John H. Waters on Bruce Goff's Ford House. The lecture will take an in-depth look at the history and importance of Bruce Goff's iconic 1949 Ruth and Sam Ford House in Aurora. The event takes place Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm at the Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago. Admission is free! more details here.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports that Arizona State University will not be taking possession of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed David and Gladys Wright House. As stated in the article, ASU spokesman Mark Johnson stated: “ASU is grateful to all the parties involved in the discussions regarding this architectural and cultural treasure. While ASU is not positioned to assume responsibility for ownership or operations, we are certain the necessary steps will be taken to preserve the David Wright House for future architects and visitors alike to enjoy.” Read more here.
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When you think of towns with important concentrations of Mid-Century Modern houses, you may not automatically think of Wheaton, IL. But as the city of Wheaton Historic Commission proves in their recent MCM surveys and maps, the western suburb of Chicago is rich in houses by iconic architects like Edward Dart, Paul Schweikher, and Ralph Rapson. Check out Wheaton's various MCM structures in the surveys by following the links below.
Now in the Features section: A special lead-up to its return to the upcoming 2016 Wright Plus Housewalk, a look at the stunning and "green" restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Harry and Louisa Goodrich House. Read it here.
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There's likely going to be a lot of buzz on the news wires in the next couple of days about Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop. This MCM remodeled space by Wright is not only Gwyneth Paltrow's newest Goop pop-up store, but the building's interior of the only is on its way to achieving landmark status, thanks to a unanimous recent vote by the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission. Read more here.
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Curbed.com shares a first-look at the efforts of the U-Haul company to restore a rare 1940s sculptural ceiling design by Isamu Noguchi in one of their St. Louis locations. The organic design was rediscovered under a drop ceiling and a six month effort to restore it is showing wonderful results. Check out more about it here.
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The Norman Transcript features an article on the confirmed total loss of Bruce Goff's Bavinger House. Even though the iconic work of Organic Architecture had been severely damaged, hope had remained that someday it could be restored. Now, with the site bulldozed, that hope is gone. Read more about this terrible loss here.
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Zachary M. posts info and a photo confirming that the remnants of Bruce Goff's Organic masterpiece, the Nancy and Eugene Bavinger House (built originally in 1950 in Norman, OK), have been cleared from the lot and trucked to a landfill. The total loss of this important work of American Architecture is a terrible blow. Shame on those who let it happen. Read more here.
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Now in the Features section: A special lead-up to its return to the Wright Plus Housewalk after almost four decades, a look at an exciting restoration project at Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission, the William H. Winslow House. Read it here.
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Landmarks Illinois released its list of "Most Endangered Historic Places" for 2016 and as usual there are some sites that PrairieMod readers should be particularly interested in saving. The Citizens Saving and Loan Association Building is a unique drum-shaped MCM building by architect Alvin K. Stolze in East Alton, IL that is in imminent danger of being demolished. Walter Burley Griffin's Cornell Store and Flats from 1908 is a rare commercial example of Prairie School architecture and has a questionable future (which may also include demolition). See the entire list here and if you have any ideas or know how to save these endangered buildings, please contact Landmarks Illinois here.
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Phil Bernstein writes a touching editorial for The Charlotte Observer in which he reflects on losing his parents and his childhood home, The Mark and Louis Bernstein House, designed in 1970 by his Taliesin-trained uncle, Lawrence Allen Bernstein. The house was torn down this month after attempts to sell it failed. Read Phil's tribute here; scroll a little more than halfway down to see photos of the home (and the aftermath) here; and learn more about the architect here.
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Wallpaper.com spotlights the news that the R.M. Schindler-designed Van Dekker House (1939) in Los Angeles, which has been restored to its original glory by its current owner, Frank Gamwell, CEO of PCM, has received the Los Angeles Conservancy's 2016 Preservation Award. Read and see more here.
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The drama-infused effort to historically "de-list" the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House in Fort Wayne, IN has come to a happy conclusion for preservationists. In a 6-3 vote yesterday, the Fort Wayne City Council voted to keep the historic designation for a home. Read more about it here and here.
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Several readers sent a link to an article from The Guardian about the senseless destruction of important works of architecture or cultural significance because of greed, changing tastes, or poor planning. One of the buildings mention in the article is Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Larkin Administration Building, formally of Buffalo, NY. Bufallo has come to their senses and started to save their buildings. Will the rest of the world learn too? Read more here.
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Curbed.com spotlights the efforts of the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative to rebuild the lost Banff Nation Park Pavilion by Frank Lloyd Wright. The group has been working methodically to convince the Banff City Council to approve the project. Based on recent votes to support fact-finding the initiative, the situation looks promising. Read and see more here.
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Speaking of Richard Nickel, don't miss the next meeting of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's Readers at Robie House book discussion group, where Architect John Vinci and Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson will recall their work with preservationist Richard Nickel on the anniversary of his tragic death. Copies of Richard Nickel’s Chicago and Richard Nickel Dangerous Years will be available at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore for purchase.
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The Chicago Tribune reports on last Sunday's author talk and book signing of the new book, Richard Nickel Dangerous Years which was held at the Kalo Foundation's Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge, IL. The article discusses Richard Cahan's work on publishing the legacy of preservationist and photographer Richard Nickel. Read more here.
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The drama continues around the possible historic designation "de-listing" of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House in Fort Wayne, IN as the City Council on Tuesday passed a “no recommendation” measure out of committee. The council will make a final vote next week at its regular session, so it remains to be seen how this will all shake out. Read more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation shared details of a new initiative beginning this June. Maja and Charles will begin a coast-to-coast summer bicycle ride to help raise funds to support the preservation and infrastructure conservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. The recently released Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West provides new inspiration to help make a difference and to make vital improvements on this historically important property for generations to come. You can be involved in the adventure by following their journey on Facebook as well as their blog. Donating to the cause is easy! Make checks payable to: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and mail to 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85259-2537. Or to contribute by credit card, follow this link. All gifts up to a total of $100,000 will be generously matched by Charles and Maja. Donate early to qualify for the Wessels/Covington match!
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The people of Fort Wayne, IN will have the opportunity to let their voice be heard at a public hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 regarding whether the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House should retain its historic designation or be de-listed per its owner's wishes. Read and watch more here.
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The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article spotlighting the people who choose to live in historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses and what life is like in an architecturally significant home. Read it here.
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Here's a link to a story about the National Register of Historic Places listing of a Usonian-ish home designed for Dr. Jean Chapman in 1962 by the late architect, John L.E. Boardman, who designed or renovated more than 500 houses and buildings in Southeast Missouri. Read more here.
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In honor of the Wright Society Virtual Summit opening today, Curbed.com recently featured three of the Frank Lloyd Wright restorations highlighted in the event: The Balch House, The Robie House, and the Davenport House. Check out the article with lots of great pics here. Then, if you registered for the free Wright Society Virtual Summit, you should be getting an email with the access links to watch the videos today!
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