A few extremely important Frank Lloyd Wright-related items are set to be auctioned off in the coming weeks. The Swann Auction Galleries has a rare original 1927 drawing for a proposed cover design for Liberty Magazine. The Wright Auction house (no relation to Frank) has three items of note: An original Imperial Hotel chair, a section of decorative frieze from the Dana House, and an original chandelier from the Adelman House in Phoenix.
It's a real shame this chandelier is no longer in the house it belongs to (apparently it was sold by an owner at some point in a private sale). Perhaps it can find its way back home...but at a $30,000 - $50,000 auction estimate, that's not likely. Follow the links above to see all the items.
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For those readers who could not make this year's Wright Plus Housewalk (which took place Saturday May 18, 2013) then you're in luck, the Forest Park Patch will be highlighting houses from the walk all this week. As a start, read about the Goodrich House (an early Wright design) here.
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To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, which owns and operates the Home and Studio, 2014 is designated as the Legacy Year.
To mark the Legacy Year, the Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk in Oak Park, Ill. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 will be an “All Wright” event featuring eight private homes and three public buildings all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. More after the jump...
The Wall Street Journal reports that there are 20 Frank Lloyd Wright homes for sale across the country--with some are available at a markdown. However, owning an architectural work of art comes with some significant drawbacks if you're not ready for it. Read more here.
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Preservation Alliance of Evansville, Indiana has announced their “Top Ten Endangered List” for 2013 and The Peters-Margedent House, designed by William Wesley Peters (1935), makes the list. The group is trying to save the house by possibly moving it from its current location. Read more about it here.
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Celebrate spring and National Historic Preservation Month with the 44th Annual Weekend Tour of Homes, May 18 and 19, 2013, in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Join hundreds of old-house lovers who will explore preserved and restored houses in one of the country's largest historic districts. The walk includes eight private homes and two public buildings (including Frank Lloyd Wright's Meyer May House). Find ticket information and photos at here.
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Michael B. sends information about an upcoming neighborhood meeting regarding the development proposal for the remainder of Madison, Wisconsin's Webster Street block (except for one lot adjacent to the Pahl Tire property) which directly affects Frank Lloyd Wright's Robert Lamp House (1903). More after the jump...
Just a reminder: Don't miss the opportunity to tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Blossom House and McArthur House on Saturday, May 11, 2013 as part of a special event hosted by The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. It's a rare opportunity to see a pair of Wright's early works, enjoy some refreshments, and the chance to meet several knowledgeable members of the Wright community. Plus your tour donation helps support the preservation mission of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Details here.
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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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Sherri S. sends word that on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 9:30 am - 1 pm there will be a chance to join members of the American Arts Society (a support group of the Milwaukee Art Museum) as they discuss the restoration of the Museum's George Mann Niedecken Fireplace Surround for the Harnischfeger Residence (ca. 1905). Specialist conservator Olaf Unsoeld (Fine Wood Conservation, Ltd., Brooklyn, NY) will be in Milwaukee and will share his assessment and treatment plan for the piece. The day will begin with coffee and pastries, and end with a boxed lunch. $45/person ($40 for American Arts Society Members) Register by May 3. Limited to 30 people. Contact Mel Buchanan 414-224-3281 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details here.
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Here's a link to a feature post on Houzz about owners Scott and Emily Faulkner's efforts to have architect James Cowan's original drawings for their 1957 Ellensburg, Washington home guide the renovation efforts. Read and see more here.
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Rob Barros sends word that Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians members are invited to tour “Redleaf,” a house in Lakeville designed by John H. Howe, on Saturday, May 18, from 10 am to noon. More info after the jump...
Nelson B. sends word that the E. Fay Jones-designed Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansa is under the threat of having its site compromised by a 48-mile-long high voltage transmission line by Southwest Power Company. If you care about preserving the sanctity of this magnificent chapel's landscape, then add your voice to this petition 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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Mark Hertzberg has posted new photos of the restoration work underway at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House in Racine, WI. You still have an opportunity to see this amazing arcitectural icon in person this weekend, thanks to the special tour hosted by Wright in Wisconsin taking place on April 27. Wright in Racine post here; tour details here.
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As the rivers in the Chicagoland area spilled over their banks this last week, Modern Architecture lovers waited with angst to see whether or not Mies van der Rohe's steel and glass masterpiece, the Farnsworth House (1951) in Plano, IL would succumb to flooding once again. According to the house's website and Lee Bey's blog, it seems like the stilted home's interior may have dodged a bullet this time. I won't rest too easy until all that water goes down. More 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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Here's a link to a video showing the destruction of the Bruce Goff-designed Ben Fitzgerald real estate building in Tyler, TX. If you have to look for a silver lining, the grandson of the original client was able to convince the demolition crew to save the tall sign that is supposedly to have been designed by Goff. Read and see more here.
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Troubling news out of Tyler, TX: Bruce Goff's only work in the town, the Ben Fitzgerald real estate building, is set to be demolished as early as today to make way for a car wash. Even though concerned locals want it to be saved, there's no protection for the building and its owners aren't keen on saving it. Does the world really need another car wash? Read more about this imminent loss here.
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Speaking of pieces of the Rookery Building for sale--in looking for info regarding the elevator transom for sale at Urban Remains, I came across the news that the Leslie Hindman auctioneers is selling the Adams Street staircase from the northeast corner of the famed Rookery Building as a private sale.
As stated at the auction house's website: "The six flights of the original staircase will be sold individually by flight and are comprised of cast iron and marble elements including: balustrades, baseboards, beam covers, columns, column covers, fascias, handrails, landing beams, landing tees, marble slabs, marble walls, newel posts, risers, stringers, treads and wainscoting. The stairway was carefully dismantled, tagged, numbered and removed during the renovation and restoration of the Rookery in March of 1990, over 100 years after the building was erected by the Chicago architectural team of Burnham and Root. Following this grand-scale restoration process, the building’s owner, L. Thomas Baldwin III, presented the stairway as a gift to the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The sale of the staircase will benefit the University Museum."
At this rate, will anything be left at the Rookery? Read more here.
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11 vacant firehouses are set to be sold off by the city of Chicago, with officials saying any proposed use (single family home, retail, museum) will be considered regardless of zoning. Read more about it here.
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The shock of the demolition of The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hoffman Auto Showroom in New York City earlier this week is starting to hit people and more reaction is coming out from preservation groups and individuals. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has posted an official statement about the loss, as well as a statement of importance written by architectural scholar David DeLong. Crain's New York has also posted an article with some of the New York reaction. Follow the links to read each. The only way to avoid senseless losses like this in the future is to support preservation organizations like the FLWBC and act proactively to save remaining sites.
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Zachary Matthews sends a link to a Newson6.com story about the campaign to raise $4 million to renovate the Bruce Goff-designed Riverside Studio (1928) in Tulsa, OK which is now known as the Tulsa Spotlight Theater. Hopefully that amount includes recreating the Olinka Hrdy murals and Alfonso Iannelli fountain. More here.
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More information comes out about the loss of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hoffman Auto Showroom at 430 Park Avenue in New York City, which was completely gutted during March 29- April 3. Although altered twice over the years, when it was destroyed it still retained the central and distinctive Wright-designed elements of the spiral ramp and turntable. PrairieMod contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to provide some aditional information regarding what was being done to try and save this site in the months prior to its sudden demolition and for some reaction to its loss. Read more after the jump...
Today marks the 54th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's passing. He was almost 92 when he passed and his legacy shines on in the inspirational works and words that he left behind. It's amazing how one creative person can have such a remarkable impact on so many lives. Help keep that legacy alive by becoming a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, or any of the many individual sites that promote Wright's legacy.
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