The Ocean Springs Museum of History and the staff at Bon Silene (Charnley-Norwood House) invite the public to the second talk in a Saturday Series of short talks, photos, and refreshments with Ligia Romer at Bon Silene. Bon Silene is the historic 1890 house designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright at 509 Shearwater Drive (East Beach) in Ocean Springs. The second talk will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. "Period vs. Progress" looks at the typical residential architecture of the 1890s and what was so avant garde about this house for the time. Learn more about the Charnley-Norwood House here.
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There was lots of excitement and picture taking in Wilmette yesterday--it's not everyday that people see a Prairie School building cut into three pieces and moved to a nearby town! But that's what happened to the John S. Van Bergen James Irving Residence, which was saved from demolition by moving it to nearby Evanston. Read the various news coverage of the event here, here, and here, and see more photos at Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog.
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Landmarks Illinois and the city of Evanston send word that on Friday, October 10, work will begin to relocate the historic John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving House to Evanston, IL from its current location at 1318 Isabella Rd. in Wilmette, IL. The house will be temporarily stored in the parking lot of the future Whole Foods location at Isabella St. and Green Bay Rd. until the new site in Evanston is ready. Read more after the jump...
DNAinfo Chicago reports that one month after torrential rains flooded the Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, over $20,000 in generous donations and grant money has also poured in to help pay for the repair and restoration costs. Read more here and help the cause by donating on-line here.
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Michael B. reports that plans for a for a 10-story hotel near the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Lamp House in Madison have been on indefinite hold following Plan Commission rejection of the developer's latest proposal in September. Shadows cast on the Lamp House were on in a list of concerns raised by city officials. For more, see a Wisconsin State Journal report here and a second article from Isthmus newspaper here.
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Mike C. sends a link to an article on the efforts of Dorri Steinhoff and Joseph Kuspan, who have purchased and are in the process of restoring the Gunning House (1939) in Columbus, OH. The home, as stated in this article, was a collective design by "Tony Smith, 28, a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice who in the 1950s and ’60s became a world-renowned sculptor; Laurence Cuneo, 19, who became the art director on the I Love Lucy television show; and Theodore van Fossen, also 19, who went on to design 48 Wrightian homes in Worthington’s Rush Creek Village." Read and see a video here.
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If you're looking for a fantastically unique architectural experience this weekend, then don't miss the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern" house walk on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10am - 2pm. You be able to tour five MCM home interiors, plus Pleasant Home! Get more details and tickets here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy recently highlighted the news that the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy received 501c3 status and is now seeking donations towards the building's restoration.
To contribute to the restoration effort, contact the ADGWC at P.O. Box 436 Richland Center, WI 53581. Make checks payable to The A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy. For more information call (608) 604-5034, or email ADGWC president Lon Arbegust email@example.com. More info here and at the ADGWC Facebook page.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George Blossom House has finally found a potential buyer. The home and its Wright-designed neighbor in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago were at the center of a dispute between area residents and billionaire preservationist, Jennifer Pritzker, over her plan to buy the homes and turn them into B&Bs. That plan fell through and the homes missed the opportunity to be stunningly restored. Hopefully whomever purchased the homes since have the ability and the intentions to take care of these important architectural works. More here.
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The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Madison Plan Commission recently rejected zoning approvals for a 10-story, 164-room Marriott-brand hotel being proposed just off the Capitol Square (and very near the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Lamp House). Concerns about easements, height, and how its cast shadows would impact the Lamp House were all cited as issues that now necessitate changes to the proposal. Read more here.
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The State Journal-Register reports that officials at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, IL have determine the root issues behind the recent flooding problem at the historic home: City sewer configuration, lots of rain at once, need for waterproofing. Kind of a "Uh...D'uh" list, but I guess you have to break problems down to the basics to solve them. Unfortunately, like always, the fixes are expensive. Read more here.
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The Times-Picayune recently featured a selection of historic images of New Orleans landmarks lost over the decades. One of the buildings now gone was New Orleans' Union Station (1892), which was the only train station designed by architect Louis Sullivan (and which a young Frank Lloyd Wright likely worked on as Sullivan's head draftsman). Sadly, it was torn down in 1954. See it and the other lost Big Easy buildings here.
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The Los Angeles Times reports that the Getty Foundation has launched a new campaign called "Keeping It Modern" which will award grants of $50,000 to $200,000 to a list of 20th century architectural icons, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago. Read more 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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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence (1951) in "The Acres" community in Galesburg, MI has been undergoing some much needed TLC, much of which has been documented on this blog. Now the Usonian, which is for sale for $475,000, is ready to be shown in its first open house, Sunday September 14, 2014 from 3 - 5 pm. If you're near the Kalamazoo area, then go check it out! More info here.
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Northern Public Radio recently featured a segment on Frank Lloyd Wright's recently water-logged Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, IL. While the spectacular Prairie Era home is open again for public tours, the basement is still drying out and a long term flood safety strategy is now underway. Read and listen to more here.
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The LA Times reports on the saving of the Rudolph M. Schindler-designed Bethlehem Baptist Church (1944) by a new congregation. A rare example of a church built by the iconic architect, it is also one of the few intact Modernist structures in South L.A. Read more about it's new life here.
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Heavy rain swept through Springfield, IL on Thursday night (August 28, 2014) and caused the basement of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Susan Lawrence Dana House to flood. While significant damage to the Prairie School icon was avoided, tours were canceled going into the busy Labor Day weekend. Read more about it here.
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Three art glass cabinet doors that were originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Westcott House in Springfield, OH were recently acquired by the house's foundation at auction and will be returned to their rightful place in the Prairie School home. Read more about this exciting preservation win here.
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Lon Arbegust sends word that the AD German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. has received verification from the Internal Revenue Service that ADGWC, Inc. is now exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ADGWC is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2056, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. They welcome all who wish to contribute to this unique Frank Lloyd Wright restoration effort. Follow the effort at the ADGWC Facebook page here.
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The Journal Online reports that thanks to the fund-raising efforts of a recent Kickstarter campaign on behalf of Sam Guard, Jr., the original Alfonso Iannelli designed memorial statue for his late sister, Georgia Guard, will be copied and placed in Park Ridge's Town of Maine cemetery, allowing the restored original to be protected from further damage. Read more about it here.
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The Spring House Institute is trying to raise matching funds for a special category grant from the Division of Historical Resources to acquire the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Spring House in Tallahassee, FL from original owners, the Lewis Family. Follow the link to read more about it, see a video on the house, and pick your pledge amount (and thank you gift).
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Michael Bridgeman was in the Wright place at the right time in Madison, WI recently. He was able to snap two photos of Frank Lloyd Wright's Lamp House that show the rear (southwest) facade that has been exposed by the demolition of four houses to make way for a new apartment building that takes into account a special area plan adopted earlier this year by the city of Madison. These houses were in place when Robert Lamp built his house in the middle of a block near the state capitol, so this is a view that was never really anticipated—and will disappear when the new building rises on this site. Thanks Michael for the pics!
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As news of flood damage to the Charnley-Persky House spread, friends of SAH have offered their support as volunteers to assist in cleanup and with monetary support. SAH board member Cynthia Weese, FAIA, and her husband, Ben Weese, FAIA, have made a Challenge Grant of $10,000 for Charnley-Persky House recovery and ongoing restoration work. Every dollar donated to the house, up to $10,000, will be matched by the Weese grant. More after the jump...
Paul R. sends a link to the news that The Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, Iowa has been renamed the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center in honor the town's dedicated and important historical preservationist. Read more about it here.
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We heard from both Helena K. and Justin D. that yesterday afternoon's storms in Chicago brought major flooding to the Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Persky House on 1365 North Astor Street. Water poured into the National Landmark building, which serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians, through a second-floor bathroom. The water rushed up and out of the toilet and sink, flooding the bathroom and running down to the library on the first floor. The basement of the house was flooded with over two inches of water. SAH is cleaning up and waiting for experts to come in and help repair the water damage. See more photos and help support SAH here.
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Tulsa World reports that despite being shuttered and up for sale, the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building (1927) is being kept up to city code enforcement standards, including more lighting, the addition of stairwell railings, repaired elevator doors and shafts, and the clearing of combustibles from the building. This is good to hear, especially since the Tulsa Club has been neglected for so long and the victim of fires in the past. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dorothy Turkel House in Detroit, one of the architect's concrete Usonian Automatic designs, has been beautifully restored by owners Dale Morgan and Norman Silk. Read about what it took to make this gem sparkle again in this recent hometownlife.com article.
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Arkansas Business recently interviewed Ron Shelby, CEO of Hight-Jackson Associates, the firm tasked with the reassembly of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House, that was moved from its previous home in New Jersey to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Read it here.
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Don't forget to get your tickets for the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture" house tour on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm. Pleasant Home is sponsoring a docent led interior tour of five 20th Century Modernist homes in Oak Park and River Forest. (Guests can also tour Pleasant Home.) Tickets are $45.00; Pleasant Home Members pay $40.00. Payment can be made by cash, check, or on line. For more information follow the link or email: hruehlemay(AT)pleasanthome.org; or call: 708.383.2654.
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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...
PrairieMod reader George J. sends a link to a Curbed LA story about a plague of vandalism, litter, and hobo shanty towns facing Barnsdall Park, site of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House. Seems like a lack of security staff and a glut of bureaucracy are at the root of the problem. Read more here.
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Anthony Thompson sends a link to the air dates of the upcoming documentary, Lost Twin Cities: Part 4. As you can guess, the show is all about the lost landmarks of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and will include a segment on the Second Francis Little house. They are using some of Anthony's photos from his visit to the house in March, 1972, just a few months prior to it's demolition. The show airs in the Twin Cities area August 13, 2014, so follow the link to get more info here.
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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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Here's a video clip featuring the news that county supervisors are taking steps to give some improtant artifacts associated with the 1917 Woodbury County Courthouse (a Prairie School symphony designed by architects Purcell and Elmslie with some sculptural help by Alfonso Iannelli) to the Sioux City Public Museum. Watch more about it here.
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Speaking of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, here's a link to an article in the Oak Leaves about the memories of Ann Marohn, who was the volunteer interpreter who gave the very first public tour at the iconic Wright Oak Park Home 40 years ago. Read more here.
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