Michael B. sends a link to a news story in The Cap Times about a proposed downtown Madison, WI luxury hotel to service Monona Terrace and its potential impact to the special plan to help protect Wright's Robie Lamp House. City officials and the Urban Design Commission have expressed concerns about the project, which has been in the works for nearly a year, and are working with the developers to meet the guidelines of the special area plan adopted by the Madison Common Council in March. Read more about it here.
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On October 18, 2014, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is hosting its annual black tie Founders Gala. It will be an especially special year for the event, since it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. There will be cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, and the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts and supporters. Get details and your tickets here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Newsblog provides a link to a long article on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Larkin Administration Building (1906), which once stood in Buffalo, NY and was considered one of the most important early works of Modern Architecture.
Because the city had not idea what to do with it and people were not very preservation-minded about such things, the Larkin Building was unceremoniously torn down--a loss that still reverberates to this day. The article on Upstate Modern Blog provides interesting period newspaper clippings from the late 1940s that show an attempt to sell the building and its ultimate demise. Read and see it all here. Thanks to Mark H. for the link.
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Zach M. and Paul U. both send word that the fate of the now-vacant Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club Building in downtown Tulsa, OK is being put up for sale by current owner Josh Barrett for $1.35 million. Barrett, who bought the building at a sheriff's sale in 2013 for $460,000, decided that restoring and re-purposing the building was more than he wanted to take on. Hopefully a preservation-minded steward who does have the capacity and resources to save this building will step forward. Read more here.
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The Ottowa Community News reports that the Francis C. Sullivan-designed Horticulture Building (designed in 1914 by a Canadian student of Frank Lloyd Wright ) which has been moved and is in the middle of an extensive restoration and should be finished by the end of the year. Read more about it here.
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The Kalo Foundation in Park Ridge, IL recently received a very generous donation to the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center from Ms. Carol Schmidt: a reproduction concrete "Sprite" which was cast off an original sculpture originally executed by Alfonso Iannelli for Frank Lloyd Wright's Midway Gardens. Read more about it here and plan to visit it in person!
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Here's a link to an article and video on former Iowa state legislator, Donovan Olson's efforts to restore the Prairie Style James B. McHose House in Boone, Iowa. Read and watch more here.
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Curbed LA features a special article on the effort to preserve one of Los Angeles' greatest interior-architecture treasures: a massive installation of custom tiles by renowned Pasadena Arts & Crafts Era tile artist, Ernest A. Batchelder. The interior was created in 1914 for the Dutch Chocolate Shop on the ground floor of a at 217 West Sixth Street in downtown Los Angeles. Because of the loss of other Batchelder tiled interiors, preservationists are fretting over the fate of this gem. Read and see more here.
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Pleasant Home Foundation supporters have the unique opportunity to be part of a special tour of the Schweikher House in Schaumburg, IL. Not regularly opened to the public, this architectural masterpiece is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized by The American Institute of Architects as one of the top 150 architectural sites in Illinois. Reservations are limited - first come, first served, $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Tickets are going fast, reserve your space now before we sell out!
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PrairieMod pal, John Clouse sends news that a Herb Fritz-designed Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Golden Valley, MN is in danger of being torn down and replaced by a new building. Read more after the jump...
From the Kalo Art Craft Community House where the Chicago silver industry was born to the Park Ridge studio of noted artist Alfonso Iannelli, who helped design the world famous Pickwick Theater and sculpted the Rock of Gibraltar on the Prudential Building in Chicago, The Kalo Foundation's historic tours initiative will premier at the Taste of Park Ridge and will highlight the larger narrative of the artists’ colony that flourished in Park Ridge at the turn of the 20th Century and beyond. More after the jump...
Arkansas Business reports that the disassembled Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson House (formally of Millstone, New Jersey) has arrived in a warehouse in Bentonville, Arkansas and is awaiting reassembly on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. According to the article, local construction firms are lining up to be apart of the installation and local people are even getting out lawn chairs to watch the installation process. Read more about it here.
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Zach M. sends good news that the Sooner Park Play Tower (designed by Bruce Goff in 1963 as a gift from the Price family to Bartlesville, OK's youth) has begun the process of restoration. The tower will be disassembled, stripped of rust, repainted, and rebuilt back to playable condition. PrairieMod readers played a big part in helping to raise the funds needed to restore this unique work of Organic Architecture, so give yourselves a collective pat on the back! Read more about this preservation win here.
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As time ticks away before the end of June, the preservation community in the Chicagoland area is holding its breath to see if a steward will step forward to purchase the beautiful John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving House in Wilmette, IL. If the home does not sell this month, the current owner/developer has said he will proceed with tearing the Prairie School building down. If anyone out there has the means and wants to live in a stunning Prairie home, please follow the link, contact Landmarks Illinois, and put in an offer! Listing here.
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The Pleasant Home Foundation will be hosting historians Kathleen Cummings and Bill Hinchliff on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 2:30 - 4:30pm for a walk along the beautiful streets of Kenilworth, IL as they talk about George W. Maher’s role in the town's development. The first in a series of walks, this one includes an interior tour of an 1892 Maher-designed house and guided talks about neighboring houses. Proceeds benefit the Pleasant Home Foundation. $10 at the door, $8 for PHF members. Meet at the train station at Kenilworth Avenue and Green Bay Road, Kenilworth, IL. Contact (708) 383-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
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The Chicago Architecture Blog recently showcased an animated gif of several months' worth of demolition images of Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital. It's a sad reminder of the loss of this unique building for a city that is supposed to pride itself on its architecture. Read and see more here.
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Zach M. sends a link to the news that the Bruce Goff-designed McGregor House (1920) in Tulsa, OK has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Read more about it here.
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation has come out with its annual "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list for 2014 and unfortunately, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Spring House in Tallahassee, FL (the only private home designed by Wright in the state) is one of the 11. Apparently wind, water, and weather have contributed to its extreme deteriorating state. Find out more details here and help support the effort to save this unique and important Wright design.
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The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that the effort to have the United States newest UNESCO World Heritage Site is moving slowly through the process and could be announced as soon as 2016. What makes this of interest to PrairieMod readers? The new site would actually be a combined nomination of 11 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures across the country. Read more about the list and progress here.
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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its founding, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) will hold its annual conference, "Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25", in Phoenix, Arizona. This year will be a celebration for the Conservancy, a look back at what the organization has accomplished—and a look ahead. More after the jump...
We learned that there is an open house at the embattled John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving residence this Sunday, June 15, 2014, from 1-4 pm. If you are in the Chicagoland area and can get to Wilmette, then check out this beauty and put in an offer to save it! Listing info here.
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Chicagobussiness.com reports that the Lincoln Park neighborhood studio of architect Howard Alan (a student of architect Bruce Goff and one-time employee at the Iannelli Studios) has been demolished to make way for some new retail/residential building. Read more about this loss here.
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The Kalo Foundation had two very important fragments from the (now lost) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Midway Gardens (1914) donated to its growing collection. A "sprite" head and a wall panel from the building were donated by Phil Fedderson to the organization and are now on display at the Iannelli Home and Studio in Park Ridge, IL. It's a great new home for the pieces, especially since Alfonso Iannelli had such an important and integral connection to Midway Gardens and its sculpture. Plan your visit to see the pieces here.
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There is not much time remaining for someone to save the John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving residence (1928), a Prairie School gem in Wilmette, IL. As chicagobusiness.com reports, the developer that currently owns it has given it only a few weeks on the market to sell before he says it will be torn down to make way for something new (and likely much less inspired). If you have the means and would like to live in a fantastic home, then please contact Landmarks Illinois to save this house.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog features two updates this morning after a busy weekend. One showcases the open house that took place at the Wright-designed A.D. German Warehouse in Richland Center, WI. The other features the yearly gathering at Taliesin North to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday (which was yesterday, June 8). Read them both here.
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On Friday, June 6, 2014, the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. formally unveiled its recently two most recently completed projects: restoration of floors in the Isabelle R. Martin House and installation of a new fire suppression system, as well as upgrades for visitor readiness in the M&T Visitor Pavilion at Graycliff. Read more after the jump...
Curbed National recently featured the amazingly renovation work at the William Drummond-designed River Forest Women's Club, which has been converted from a clubhouse to a spacious home. I've walked through this home since the conversion and it is a stunner. If you fall in love with it, it can be yours for $1.49 million. More here.
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It's a busy week in the world of Wright! This week also marks the grand opening of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian masterpiece, the Kenneth Laurent House in Rockford, IL. The home was save by a local group at auction, has been restored and made ready for public tours as one of the newest house museums. Read more about the home and how you an visit here.
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Friday saw the tragic loss of the iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed library at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Through the heroic efforts of the fire fighters, the rest of the building was saved and no one was thankfully hurt, but the loss of the library is a terrible blow. The Scottish and UK governments have already pledged to restore the lost library, but it will take years and a lot of money. Let's hope it can be done and we can learn from this loss. Read more here.
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James Perry of the blog Architectoid sends disturbing news that the John Lautner-designed Crippled Children's Society Rehabilitation Center (1979) in Woodland Hills, CA is in imminent danger of being demolished to make way for a new elder care facility. Read more about it here. If you live in the area, please consider contacting the city of Los Angeles staff Jordann.Turner@lacity.org or call 213-978-1379 to voice your opposition to tearing down this architectural work. Reference case No.: ZA-2014-0463(ELD)(ZV)(SPR).
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DNAinfo.com reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House received a Preservation Excellence Award this week from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, thanks to a faithful and historically sensitive restoration by Col. Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises. Read more here and then make plans to tour (or stay!) at this beautiful Wright work of art.
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If you have not gotten your tickets for the fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America, which takes place in Mason City, IA on May 30-31, 2014 then what are you waiting for? In addition to being able to hear some fantastic speakers, it's your opportunity to tour some of the city's amazing Wright and Griffin-design treasures. Learn more here.
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On Friday, May 16 from 5-7pm, Pleasant Home and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace will present a special combined tour of both historic homes including food and drinks. Tickets are $25 per person, available at www.pleasanthome.org. Contact Heidi at (708) 383-2654 or email@example.com for questions.
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Mark Hertzberg provides a glimpse at the Hardy House's new entry gate, being built from an unrealized Frank Lloyd Wright design. Read and see more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent house in Rockford, IL is set to open its doors to public tours starting on June 6, 2014. Its the newest Wright House museum and the only one built by Wright for a disabled client (Mr. Laurent was wheelchair-bound). Make plans to see it by clicking here.
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Here's a link to an article about the stories behind how Southern Illinois University wound up with one of the most significant collection of Louis H. Sullivan-designed architectural fragments and Richard Nickel's unlikely journey to becoming a tragic preservation activist/collector. Read it here.
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Time is running out to get your tickets for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's "All Wright" Housewalk, which takes place on May 17, 2014 in Oak Park/River Forest, IL. It's a rare chance to see a bevvy of original Wright private home designs inside and out. Get your tickets here before they are sold out!
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DNAInfo Chicago reports that the restoration work on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1915 Emil Bach House in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago is almost finished, and the results are already being called amazing. You can not only take tours of this home, but it will be available for overnight stay as well. Read more here, see a gallery of photos, and then find out how to visit here.
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Indiana Lanmarks has released its list of the "10 Most Endangered Landmarks" in the state and of particular significance is that the 1935 Peters-Margedant House in Evansville, IN made the list. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, William Wesley Peters, the home could possibly be considered the first built example of a "Usonian" house in America. Read more here and help support the effort to save it!
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