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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Speaking of flood-endangered works of Modern Architecture: Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune recently highlighted the new plans proposed by National Trust for Historic Preservation to protect the Mies van Der Rohe-designed Farnsworth House in Plano, IL. All the plans require moving the house in one way or another, but one of the ideas would involve hydraulically lifting the house out of harm's way. Read more here.
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The Kansas City Star reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House has arrived at its new southern home after traveling by road and rail. Originally located in Millstone, NJ, the Usonian was sold to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas to save it from ongoing damage from floods in its original site. Read more here.
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Two popular guided tours returning in June serve as an invitation from the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to experience the wealth of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in the Chicago area, where the legendary architect worked the first 20 years of his career and developed his signature Prairie style. More after the jump...
In addition to seeing the newly restored SC Johnson Research Tower, PrairieMod was able to get an amazing personal tour of the nearby (and recently rehabilitated) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Thomas P. Hardy House (1905). Mark Hertzberg, author of the definitive series of books on Wright's work in Racine, was kind enough to give us a tour of this private residence and the wonderful work that its current owner has undertaken. See more photos of what we saw inside this Prairie School beauty here.
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Speaking of architectural works in trouble, we've been trumpeting the troubled future of John S. Van Bergen's James Irving Residence in Wilmette, IL and it seems like the noise is getting some attention from the media: The Wilmette Life recently covered the situation facing the home for its readers and the Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin, tweeted the story to his Twitter followers. Hopefully this will just be the beginning and locals will take notice and do something to save this home and the historic character of their town. Read how to make some noise yourself about it here.
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The ongoing struggle to restore and turn two side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago continues, and there seems to be enough intrigue, politics, and bad blood to go around. Hopefully the feuding can stop on these important works of architecture can be secured and restored. Read more here.
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News reaches us that The A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. (ADGWC), a newly-formed Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation, formally assumed ownership of the A.D. German Warehouse, the significant Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landmark in Richland Center, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Read more after the jump...
It looks like the alarm we sounded about the potential new tear-down threat facing the John S. Van Bergen-designed James B. Irving Residence at 1318 Isabella St. in Wilmette, IL has caught the attention of at least one local reporter. Read this article about the threat facing this house here. If any of our readers live in Wilmette--please do what you can as a local voice to save this house!
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Join Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin on Saturday May 3, 2014 for a rare opportunity to visit two distinctly different Frank Lloyd Wright private residences plus tour the nearby Crab Tree Farm, a private, century-old operating farm that just happens to contain one of the country's most extraordinary collections of furniture and decorative arts from the American and English Arts and Crafts movement. More info after the jump...
May 17, 2014 is also the day of the All Wright Housewalk in Oak Park/River Forest, IL. It's the 40th anniversary of the event and it also celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home. I was asked to design the limited edition t-shirt for the event this year and it features a stylized illustration of the Home's iconic triangular facade nested with the official event logo. Buy your shirt here and be sure to wear it at the event to show your support--but get it while they last!
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The newest Frank Lloyd Wright museum, The Kenneth & Phyllis Laurent House, will open to the public on Friday, June 6, 2014 in Rockford, Illinois. A series of events beginning Wednesday, June 4 will celebrate the opening. The opening coincides with what would have been Wright’s 147th birthday on June 8. More info after the jump...
Mark H. sends a link to an article on the ongoing budget woes and tax wars in Springfield, IL and how they might affect the ability of the state to keep historic sites open if the politicians can't get their acts together. Could the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House be one of the sites affected? Read more here.
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Don G. wants to let PrairieMod readers know that Friday May 9, 2014 is your chance to support the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, meet community leader Jeanette Fields (former owner of the Wright-designed Davenport House), and tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Winslow House in River Forest, IL. Tickets cost $120 (members $85) and space is limited so reservations are required. Get all the details and order your tickets here before they are gone!
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The Tulsa World reports that Preservation Oklahoma is out with its list of 2014 most Endangered Places in the state and sadly, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed "Westhope House," a concrete block home he designed for his cousin in 1929, Richard Lloyd Jones (and one of only three Wright-designed structures in the state) makes the list. The article does not not expound on why it's endangered, but as more information comes to light, we'll be sure to report. Read the article here.
UPDATE after the jump...
Lovers of Modern Architecture often swoon over the iconic Californian Eichler home. But they aren't perfect: lack of windows in the front, flat roofs that leak, radiant heat floors that take awhile to kick in. Well, The Marin Independent Journal reports on two Bay Area development gurus that are offering new ideas on modernizing the homes of Joseph Eichler without violating their aesthetics. Read it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article on the effort by a construction crew to carefully remove six architectural medallions that were attached to the 95-year-old Star Tribune headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. Read and watch more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s 2014 Community Enrichment Series highlights the contributions of the staff who worked in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park studio during the time Wright developed his distinctive Prairie style of architecture.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust continues to celebrate its Legacy Year – the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Trust – with two lectures at the Wright-designed Unity Temple in Oak Park. Details after the jump...
Landmarks Illinois has announced its list of the "Ten Most Endangered Historic Places" for 2014. Among the list is the Uptown Theater in Chicago, a rare "Tin Man" style water tower from 1931, and Camp Algonquin, a “fresh air in the country” camp designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen. See the entire list here and find out how you can help save these historic Illinois landmarks.
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Mark H. provides a link to the ongoing struggle to get the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl Albert House in Racine, WI up-to-code and saved from the shadow of the wrecking ball. Progress is slow and the neighbors are surly, but hopefully this will all end with a work of Organic Architecture saved. Read more here and here.
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Michael S. writes to thank PrairieMod for the role it played in helping his dream house. In November 2013, Michael and his husband bought the Delbert W. Meier House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed American System Built home in Iowa and started blogging about the adventures bringing the 1917-built home into the 21st century on their blog, Mr. and Mr. Blandings. More after the jump...