The Hyde Park Herald also reports that at that same community meeting where Tim Samuelson spoke about the Blossom and McArthur Houses, Patrick Rosen (an architect and partner with Rosen Architecture) estimated that it might take between $2-2.5 million invested into each home to fully restore their interiors and exteriors. The homes have been at the center of controversy because billionaire Jennifer Pritzker wants to invest in the homes and turn them into bed and breakfasts. If she doesn't do it, the neighborhood might have trouble finding someone with pockets deep enough to invest in saving these treasures. Read more here.
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The Hyde Park Herald reports that at a recent Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, City of Chicago cultural historian, Tim Samuelson, recently shed some light on how Frank Lloyd Wright came to design the two side-by-side Blossom and McArthur houses in the Chicago neighborhood of Kenwood. Read more about it here.
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December 21 marks the Winter solstice, the longest night of the year and the point at which the days will start getting longer. To celebrate this important seasonal event, SC Johnson illuminates its historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower and anticipates the first ever public tours of the building starting in spring 2014. Get all the details after the jump...
Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog reports that the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl and Marie Albert House in Wind Point, Wisconsin will be saved. The house's condition put it at the center of a legal battle that could have potentially led to its demolition. Luckily, it seems like forward momentum with its repairs will (hopefully) secure its long-term future. Read more here.
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According to this article on dnainfo.com, even though the November 18, 2013 4th ward meeting was an unfriendly affair, it seems like the efforts of Jennifer Pritzker to purchase, restore, and run two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago as side-by-side bed and breakfasts may not be as doomed as thought. Read more here.
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It's all over the news that the SC Johnson Company is trying to legally halt the auctioning-off of some of its building's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture at the upcoming Sotheby's auction on December 18, 2013. Author and journalist, Mark Hertzberg was asked by the Journal Times in Racine to write a piece about the significance of this particular Wright furniture design. Read it at his blog, Wright in Racine.
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Seems like it's the season of Auctioning off important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed art glass windows. Kevin W. alerted us to the fact that a window that somehow got away from the Meyer May House (1908) in Grand Rapids, MI is being auctioned off at Bonhams on December 16, 2013. Perhaps the good people at Steelcase will be able to acquire it and return it to where it belongs. See more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is getting ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary by unveiling an organizational name change! In this letter, Graham J. Rarity, Chairman, Board of Directors, and Celeste Adams, President & CEO announce that effective immediately, the organization will be known as the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Read more about this notable change here.
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We first mentioned yesterday the lawsuit that SC Johnson slapped Sotheby's with over the sale of a rare desk and chair from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Administration Building in Racine, WI. The article linked was to the Law360.com website and required sign-in to read. Now that the story has been picked up by other news outlets, I figured I'd share some links to those stories to keep everyone informed. Read more here, here, and here.
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The 11-foot statue of the Madonna sculpted by the Iannelli Studios and which once stood above the main entry at the former Immaculata High School on Chicago’s North Side has finally made its way back to the Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, IL where it will be restored and displayed by the Kalo Foundation. Read and see more here.
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There's been an exciting response to this first issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design and the goal is to fill orders as quickly as possible. If you have not gotten your copy yet, please be patient with us...we will have to periodically replenish supply to meet demand and the holiday season does not help with quick shipping, unfortunately.
As a new publication project and a work in progress, there will always be a few bumps. Luckily, a professional copy editor/proof-reader has agreed to join the JOA+D editorial group and will help make sure issues will have commas in the right place and are (hopefully) free of spelling/grammatical errors.
Everyone's kindness and support so far is very much appreciated and it's hoped this effort to create something new that reflects all of our passion for Organic Architecture and Design will only continue to grow and improve.
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that one of a pair of rare bronze, brass and leaded glass chandelier that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the master bedroom of the Francis W. Little house in Peoria, IL was recently acquired by the St. Louis Art Museum for $825,000. It's a shame this piece had to leave the environment it was specifically designed for and at such a high price...it opens the door for other less preservation-minded owners to strip their houses bare to make a buck. Read more here.
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According to an article on Law360.com, The S.C. Johnson Corporation is suing Sotheby's, accusing the auction house of illegally preparing to sell two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture at their December 18, 2013 auction and refusing to return the pieces to Johnson, the owner. More after the jump...
Buffalorising.com reports that The Martin House Restoration Corporation has replaced one of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Martin House’s missing living room skylights with a reproduction by Oakbrook Esser Studios in Wisconsin. Sadly, the original window is being auctioned off at Sotheby's on the 18th of this month.
Who knows—maybe someone with deep pockets will buy it and donate it to the Martin House—where it belongs—and take a nice tax (W)right-off.
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The Chicago Art Deco Society recently announced that the Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted unanimously to grant preliminary landmark status to Nick's Uptown (aka the Cairo Supper Club and Hupmobile Showroom). The Commission heard an excellent presentation by Terry Tatum, the Director of Research of the Historic Preservation Division of the City of Chicago, as well as comments from Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago, Abby Sullivan from Alderman James Cappleman's office (who initially sought landmark status of the building), and CADS' Vice President and Preservation Chair Amy Keller. We look forward to monitoring the status of this beautiful Art Deco building. More about the building here.
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My third holiday gift pick is a special DVD the tells the story of how Frank Lloyd Wright's last hotel commission, the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, IA, was saved and brought back to life by a preservation-minded community. Read about the DVD here and then plan to purchase your copy as the perfect gift at the desk at The Historic Park Inn Hotel, at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, or online at www.wrightonthepark.org.
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Here's the next in my holiday gift picks to help you shop for the architecture-lover on your shopping list: Anyone who loves Frank Lloyd Wright, design, and printing will treasure this limited edition letterpress print of the Isabelle R. Martin House, created by the WNY Book Arts Center. You can order one at the Graycliff online shop while they last. See all the ArchiTypes prints in this series here.
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Restoration work is underway at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence, one of the handful of houses located in the Wright-designed Galesburg, MI community called "The Acres." A recent post on the blog chronicling the restoration work highlights the house's new roof. See more here.
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WBEZ's "The Morning Shift" recently discussed the current community kerfuffle over the idea of turning two side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago into bed and breakfasts. Chicago magazine’s Dennis Rodkin weighs-in on what the fuss is all about and what the future of these Wright's might be. Listen to it here.
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Pamela Tilton, real estate broker at Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, was kind enough to forward a plethora of beautiful interior photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed William H. Winslow House (1894), which will soon be on the market for the first time in 55 years. See all the photos after the jump...
The wait is over! The special news that I've been teasing you with is the announcement that a brand new organization has been launched called The Organic Architecture + Design Archives (or OAD Archives for short) that will also publish the new Journal of Organic Architecture + Design! So what's it all about? Find out after the jump...
PrairieMod pal, Michael B. sends word that the power has been turned off yet again at the Telemark Lodge in Cable, WI. The resort was designed in 1972 by Taliesin apprentice Herb Fritz and has long been an integral part of the American Birkebeiner, an annual long-distance cross-country ski race. When restoration costs came back expensive, the power was shut off. It's not certain what the future holds for the building. Read more here.
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The Kenwood community's outright rejection of the efforts by Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises to purchase the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Blossom and McArthur houses, restore them, and then operate side-by-side bed & breakfasts makes no sense. Tourism is big business (just ask Mason City, Iowa and Oak Park, Illinois). It makes one wonder if it's just ignorance, or if prejudice might also be part of the equation. Either way, a golden opportunity to save two of the neighborhood's most significant architectural treasures is being wasted. Read more here.
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The 2013-14 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series, hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and sponsored by Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle, continues Wednesday, December 11, 2013 with a special screening of Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe, a documentary on the German-American architect and master of Modernist design, at the Raleigh Grande Cinema in Raleigh. More details and ticket info here.
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Zachary M. sends a link to the news that the Bruce Goff-designed Hopewell Church in northwest Oklahoma County received a $50,000 anonymous donation (and matching $50,000 loan) to help save the deteriorating building. Read more about it here.
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Curbed LA reports that Rudolph Schindler's Van Dekker House, which was previously in danger of being torn down, but luckily bought by preservation-minded developer Josh Gorrell is back on the market for $799,000. While Josh did some important work to the building, it still needs some TLC. Read more here.
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Almost 150 generous people were responsible for donating the $15,000 needed to save the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial. Congratulations to those who helped a fantastic cause and saved an important work of Modernism. There's still some time left to go until the official deadline--so give something here if you'd like to be apart of a great cause!
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You gotta love Mason City, Iowa—the people there really get how important historic preservation is. Case in point: The community is committed to moving the Egloff House, a rare example of International Style architecture that was damaged in the flood of 2008. The home is slated to be moved to the city's "cultural crescent" which is about half-way between the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Historic Park Inn and the Stockman House. Read more about it here.
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There's an effort underway to rebuild the Banff National Park Pavilion (1911), one of the only two designs built Frank Lloyd Wright designs in Canada. The building was destroyed after extensive flood and frost damage in 1939, but two Canadian architects and a Florida filmmaker are hoping to bring it back to life. Read more about it and watch a video here.
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The Kickstarter campaign to save the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial has only 3 days left to reach its goal of raising $15,000. The effort has raised over $10,000 to date, so success is so close! If you havn't helped this fantastic cause yet, don't miss a chance to be part of saving a remarkable piece of Organic Design. There are plenty of cool "Thank You" gifts left, too, including original copies of the 1965 Prairie School Review issue featuring Alfonso Iannelli. Back this project with your donation here.
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Jennifer Pritzker's plan to purchase the side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright-designed McArthur and Blossom Houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago and turn them into bed-and-breakfasts was effectively killed in a recent public meeting thanks to opposition by neighborhood residents. Read more here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the Star Tribune's handsome building on Portland Avenue...which city staff is recommending that the historic preservation commission sign-off on its demolition to make way for a park. One caveat: they have to save the building's stone medallions. Read more here.
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Wright Auction House has a fairly important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian chair from the Rosenbaum House for sale in their upcoming December 12, 2013 Design auction. It would be nice to see this chair back in its original home, but at $10-15K, you could build an army of plywood replicas instead. See more here.
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The Sun News offers up and article with tips and inspiration for gardners to help tackle their landscaping the (w)right way from the experts at Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate. They should know--they restored Wright's original vision for the landscaping plan this last year. Read more here.
Image credit: Graycliff/Patrick Mahoney
As a follow-up to yesterday's post on the memories and photos from Anthony Thompson on the Second Little Residence, Frank Lloyd Wright's lost masterpiece, John Clouse was kind enough to forward some vintage photos of the Little family at the magnificent Prairie house. Anyone care to try and identify which members of the Little family are in these photos?
Exploring the Lost Second Little home has been really interesting. If anyone has any more images, letters, or other materials related to the Second Little home, please let me know!
Images courtesy John Clouse
Speaking of Edgar Tafel, the Edgar A. Tafel Archive at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department has now been fully arranged and cataloged and is open for research! Browse through the on-line finding aid and read more about every file that the archive contains here.
Image via Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department
When the Frank Lloyd Wright archives were recently moved from Scottsdale, AZ to MoMA and the Avery Library in New York City, it unsettled quite a few people. The Arizona Republic apparently dug into the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's financials to see what such a transfer of archival materials was worth. Read more about this story here.
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Chicago's WGN Channel 9 will have a special news feature on Tuesday night at 9pm highlighting the story of the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial and the efforts underway to restore it. Be sure to watch it Tuesday night and then be sure to help support the Kickstarter campaign to save this wonderful memorial.
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Michael B. reports-in with an update on the efforts to preserve the integrity of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Lamp House and it's surrounding site.
Michael writes: "On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the ad hoc committee looking at the block that includes Wright's 1903 Lamp House in Madison will host a special workshop. The public is invited to participate in an open house at 5 p.m. followed by a design workshop from 5:30 to 7:30. The meeting will be in the Rotunda Studio at the Overture Center at 201 Sate Street in downtown Madison. This is the best opportunity for the public to put forth ideas for the block -- for which one development proposal has already been advanced -- before the committee develops recommendations in two more scheduled meetings."
Thanks for the important update Michael. Hopefully area supporters can attend and help guide the future of this important Wright site.
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John Clouse recently posted to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy discussion board some vintage photos of the Francis Little family posing in front of their second Wright-designed home which once stood in Wayzata, MN. The peculiar lamp in the background stood out to me and it turns out that it survived the destruction of the home. John was kind enough to send some contemporary photos of this Second Little House lamp for PrairieMod readers to enjoy in more detail. More after the jump...