The Hopewell Heritage Foundation recently announced the selection of award-winning architect Hans E Butzer, AIA, and the firm of Butzer Architects and Urbanism (BAU) for Bruce Goff's Hopewell Baptist Church historic rehabilitation. Find out more and how you can help at the Foundation's new website.
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Oak Park resident Graham Rarity was recently honored for his two decades of service to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, notably spearheading the fundraising effort in 2012 that allowed the Trust to successfully purchased the Home and Studio from the National Trust. Read more about it here.
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The Rocky Mountain Outlook reports that a controversial proposal to rebuild Frank Lloyd Wright's Banff National Park Pavilion (designed 1911/demolished 1938) will be debated by the town's politicians later this month. The Banff Pavilion was one of only two Wright buildings in Canada and if rebuilt would certainly be a tourist draw. However, the controversy surrounds whether a rebuilt Wright building qualifies for heritage preservation in Banff (and Canada), not qualifying as a heritage structure. Read more here.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the owner of the David and Gladys Wright House is in discussions with a variety of partners, including education institutions like Arizona State University about locating architectural programs and research at the home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This would shift the focus of the home from events-based programming to a more education/research-based one. This would hopefully quell the opposition coming from the grumpy neighbors. Read more about it here.
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From luxurious mansions built for the rich in the 1800s to practical homes for the 1950s middle class, a series of day trips sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in and around Chicago; Springfield, Ill.; and Milwaukee explore the evolution of residential architecture in the Midwest. Get all the details after the jump...
The Journal Gazette reports that the Fort Wayne city Historic Preservation Commission unanimously voted that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John Haynes House will keep its historic designation, despite the efforts of its current owner to have it de-listed. Several organizations spoke out or sent letters in favor of the house keeping its designation, including local preservation groups like ARCH and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Needless to say, owner Richard J. Herber was not pleased with the decision and threatened legal action. Read more about this contentious issue here.
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The Journal Gazette reports an attempt at a preservation "take back" by the owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House in Fort Wayne, IN. According to the article, current owner Richard J. Herber (who has tried de-listing the home before) put in the "confidential" public record request because "he has become disabled and cannot afford repairs and might need to make external modifications. He contends he was misled in listing the house." Read more here.
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The Park LaBrea News Beverly Press reports that Los Angeles city officials recently announced that work crews have begun installing a tubular steel fence and two gates around the exposed perimeter of Barnsdall Arts Park (home to Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House) to provide better security. Read more about the work here.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city of San Francisco is trying to be proactive in its effort to expand the existing landmark designation for Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop to include aspects of the 1948 interior design. The hope is to have the stronger protections in place before new owners move into the now-vacant building. Read more about it here.
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In honor of architect John G. Thorpe, whose recent passing was a great loss to the preservation community, the board of The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has voted to set up a program fund in John’s name to provide a stipend underwriting costs for graduate students in architecture and related fields or young practitioners to attend the annual Conservancy conference, where they can deepen their understanding of Wright’s work through presentations and by directly experiencing Wright’s architecture. Find out details of how you can support this wonderful tribute here.
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Landmarks Illinois will mark its eleventh annual Legendary Landmarks Celebration by awarding ‘landmark’ status to three civic and cultural leaders: Col. Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret.), The Neal Family (Isobel Neal, Jeanette Sublett and Langdon Neal), and construction firm W.E. O’Neil. They will be honored at the Legendary Landmarks Celebration Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom, 720 South Michigan Avenue. Cocktails begin at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a live auction. More after the jump...
NewsOK reports that hopes are high that the 1964 Robert Alan Bowlby-designed Founders National Bank building in Oklahoma City can be saved. The OkieMod Squad is still collecting signatures on their online petition to ask current building owners to find an alternative to tearing the building down. Read more about it here and sign the petition here.
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WEHOville.com features an article exploring the issue of how to preserve the delicate relationship between the RM Schindler House and Studio and its surroundings. The article states that by the end of this year, the Schindler House will be one of only two single-family homes left on the street, separating it from architectural context. Read more about this preservation conundrum here.
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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) posted all of the individual listings for the upcoming February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction, which includes the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George D. Sturges House. As feared, several of the home's furniture and decorative items have also been listed for separate sale. We'll see how this plays out and if there is any hope of keeping this home intact, but as of now, it doesn't look good. See the list of Wright-related items that are listed for sale here.
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Modern mavens from around the world will be converging on Palm Springs February 11-21, 2016 for the annual pilgrimage known as "Modernism Week." If you didn't get tickets for the event this year, but still want to get a flavor of what it's all about, check out this Southern California Public Radio piece on the event here.
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The Wausau Daily Herald reports that the current owners of the Charles and Dorothy Manson residence (1941) in Wausau, Wisconsin are waiting patiently to hear in the next few weeks if their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more about it here.
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The Los Feliz Ledger reports the unsettling news that Hollyhock House in Los Angeles may have its status threatened as part of the list of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings vying to gain UNESCO World Heritage designation. What's endangering Hollyhock's chances? It's the impact that a proposed six-story building would have on Hollyhock's viewscape from the top of Olive Hill in Barnsdall Park. One of UNESCO's criteria for judging the “outstanding universal value” of nominees includes the site’s viewshed. If Hollyhock's is negatively impacted by the building of this proposed development, then LA's hopes for having a World Heritage Site might be dashed. Read more here.
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The Wednesday Journal recently featured the ongoing $23 million restoration underway at Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic concrete wonder, Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL. Read more here about the efforts being undertaken to return this building to its full glory--I can't wait to see it!
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Curbed Chicago reports that a gorgeous crescent-shaped landmark house for sale by Keck + Keck that sits on 181 feet of Lake Michigan shore front took its sixth price cut at the beginning of this year from an initial asking price in 2014 of $5.599 million to today's price of $3.249 million. If you've got the winning Powerball ticket, then you may want this beauty--all the rest of us can only drool at the photos here.
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A "Prairie Tudor" mansion owned by the city of Rock Island, IL might be put up for sale, according to a recent article from qconline.com. Designed in 1911 by architect Robert C. Spencer, the Hauberg mansion is a 20-room, three-story historic building that sits on 10 acres of land. Officials won't say whether there might already be a buyer, but the idea of off-loading the property (and it's ongoing maintenance costs) has city officials mulling the idea. More here.
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Louis Sullivan's 1893 Union Trust Co. building in St. Louis will be getting a new lease on life, thanks to a $47 million renovation project that will turn the almost empty downtown building into a luxury boutique hotel and apartments. Read more about it here.
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Allison Meier for the blog Hyperallergic.com recently paid a visit to the Bachman-Wilson House, which was recently uprooted from its flood-prone New Jersey site and installed on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Read more about the visit here.
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The Journal Times reports that the saga around the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl Albert House (1948) near Racine, WI is nearing a (mostly happy) conclusion...that is if the owners can finish its rehab, get their occupancy permit granted, and pay off the mounting fines. Read more about it here.
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The San Diego Union-Tribune recently featured Sue and John Major, the philanthropic couple who get directly involved and make significant donations to several important causes. They also happen to own and have been lovingly restoring the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Penwern estate on Delavan Lake in Wisconsin. Read more here.
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The Reno Gazzette-Journal reports that The Douglass-Frey Ranch, which is currently the home of Churchill Vineyards and Frey Ranch Estate Distillery in Fallon, NV was added to the National Register of Historic Places last month. The structure is significant because it represents the only known Prairie School work by noted Nevada architect, Frederick Joseph DeLongchamps. Read more here.
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Architect Magazine recently featured an article on Taliesin West's new Master Plan for Restoration developed by Gunny Harboe and his firm. The plan's release comes amid a year of tumult for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation which saw current CEO announce his resignation and a public tussle over the future of the FLLW School of Architecture. Read more about the plan and the challenges that swirl around its implementation and the iconic desert home and studio's future here.
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KPCC LA public radio recently highlighted David Judson, fifth-generation owner of the Judson Studios, which has handcrafted stained glass in Los Angeles for more than a hundred years. The studio is currently restoring the art glass windows for Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, which is undergoing a complete restoration. Read and see more here.
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Word reaches us that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George Millard House, which has been languishing on the market for some time and whose owners had applied for a demolition permit, has officially sold and it appears the new owners intend to not follow-through on the threat of destruction. Read more about it here.
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Zachary M. sends a link to a fascinating post on MoMA's Inside/Out Blog about the restoration of the painted wood and paperboard model for Frank Lloyd Wright's St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers. Check it out here.
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The Martin House Restoration Corporation is pleased to announce the next major phase of on-site interior restoration work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House. In order to return the Martin House to its original splendor, on-site work to complete the first floor will take place beginning the first week of January. This will involve the restoration of the intricate moldings and extensive woodwork, as well as the reintroduction of the paint finishes throughout the entire first floor similar to what has already been completed in the Junior League / Buffalo News Education Center in the lower level of the house. The wisteria mosaic fireplace will also be restored. More after the jump...
Anthony T. sends a link to an article on an adaptive reuse for the Gobbler Supper Club in Johnson Creek, WI (designed by Helmut Ajango and opened in 1969) which could preserve the building and make it a success. New owner Dan Manesis has spent nearly $2 million to transform the restaurant into a 450 seat music venue. Read more here.
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The auction season is in full swing, and there are some important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed items on the auction block. Elisabeth D. sends word that Richard Wright's upcoming auction on December 10 has some rare art glass windows from the demolished Oscar Steffens House and a chair from the Sondern House.
Paul Fanland of The Capital Times puts forward the opinion that it's time to rethink the Alliant Energy Center campus in Madison, WI—which would mean replacing the distinctive MCM Veterans Memorial Coliseum (1967). It would be a real shame, in my opinion, to destroy this wonderful Mod building for the sake of "progress"...you'd think they could find a solution that could modernize the campus and keep such a distinctive work of architecture. Read more here.
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Richland Center, Wisconsin, the Midwest gem notable for being the birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright has more architectural facets to enjoy. Aside from the Wright connection, the town has saved the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed warehouse ever built, Modernist homes by students and contemporaries of Wright, and a wonderfully intact 19th century downtown. You can learn more about the town's architectural and historical sites here. Then read more about Richland Center (and 29 other architecturally impressive small towns) here.
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The Herald-Whig reports that two homes designed by Quincy, IL architect Ernest M. Wood have been recommended for landmark status. The homes are the Anna Bader Kespohl House at 1632 York and the J. Russell Williams House at 2003 Jersey, both in Quincy, IL. Wood's office and studio in Quincy is an example of how the contemporary Prairie style influenced his work. Read more here.
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Paul R. sends word and a link that the George Millard House in Highland Park, IL (which has languished on the market, endured numerous price cuts, and recently had its owners apply for a demolition permit) is under contract and will hopefully avoid any more drama. I have yet to hear, though, if the demolition permit request has been rescinded. Read more here.
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James S. reminds us that yesterday was one of the critical votes for landmark designation and public access for the David and Gladys Wright House in Arcadia, AZ. Luckily, The Arizona Republic reports that after hours of local supporters voicing support, the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission voted to recommend the David Wright House be listed as a historic landmark. The commission voted 7-2 to designate 6 acres surrounding the home as significant, more than what the city's historic preservation staff recommended for the land. This is only the first hurdle in the process, with the the City Council has the final say on both requests. Read more about it here. In the meantime, disgruntled neighbors are fighting to undermine the recent parking deal struck between the home's owner and nearby Great Hearts Veritas School. Read more about it here.
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The Arizona Daily Star reports on the newly released Taliesin West Restoration Master Plan and the challenges faced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to raise the millions needed to restore and maintain Wright's desert camp home and studio. In fact, they are still trying to raise $300,000 to meet this year's $2.5 million restoration budget. More here.
Similarly, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is fighting for its life and needs to raise approximately $700,000 before the end of the year to meet the demands of its independence mandate. Follow the links to help either or both fundraising goals.
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Yesterday we reported on the official opening of the Bachman-Wilson House at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AK. If you're interested in seeing the house as well as several other amazing works of the area's architecture, then save the date for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's upcoming "Out and About Wright" event on April 15-17, 2016. More after the jump...