The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence in "The Acres" (the Wright-designed community in Galesburg near Kalamazoo, MI) has had a slight price drop to $469,900. The home has had an extensive amount of restoration and is waiting for the next steward to come along and continue to polish this gem. More info here.
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Mark H. sends a link to the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy's Facebook page post about a carriage on display at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building that is said to have belonged to the iconic architect. It was purchased at an auction at Taliesin during the 1950s by a man from the Bear Valley community and was later acquired by an Ithaca area family before finally making its way to the Warehouse. Follow the link to see more and plan a visit to see it in person!
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Mark H. sends a link to a New York Times article highlighting Phoenix's historic preservation officer, Michelle Dodds, and her efforts to save Phoenix's historic architecture, which she has outlined in a plan called PreserveHistoricPHX that will be presented to the Phoenix City Council next month. Read more about it here.
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Lisa T. sends word that there's some potential danger for the Edward Dart-designed house for sale at 1021 Lake Cook Road in Highland Park, IL. Apparently a developer wants to tear down the main house and secondary small structure (which was rented out and used to be a tool shed) and build 14 houses on the almost 5 acre property—which would be a huge loss to the community. Read more about the home here and check out the listing info here.
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The current owner of the David & Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, AZ saved the day when he purchased the home from developers who were eager to demolish it. His plans since have involved much needed restoration work and preparing the grounds for a grander use as a public site. Unfortunately, this has some of the neighbors up in arms and vowing to fight the zoning changes. Read more about it and watch a video here.
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The Charleston Gazette reports that the silver lining to the vandalism of the intriguing "Top-O-Rock" house (designed by architect Henry Elden in 1968) is a renewed interest in capturing the oral history on the home and its architect and sparking a design competition that envisions the future use of for the house and its property in West Virginia. Read more about it here.
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Chicagobusiness.com features an article on architect Chris Enck's recent purchase and subsequent moving of the 1928 a John S. Van Bergen-designed Irving Residence—formally of Wilmette, IL. The action saved the home from demolition and the move will allow another town to benefit from having an important work of Prairie architecture added to it. Read more about it here.
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It's that time of year when you're probably getting a ton of letters from not-for-profit organizations asking for year-end donations. While many of those causes are worthwhile to support, I received a letter from The Friends of Cedar Rock, who oversee the stewardship of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walter House in Quasqeton, IA, for a cause that I think is definitely worth supporting. More after the jump...
Andrew B. sends a link to an article in The New York Times about a historian who has uncovered the remains of an Arts & Crafts era Rookwood tile covered balcony boutique and stairway in Lord & Taylor’s Manhattan flagship store. Read more about it here.
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Nelson B. also sends a link to an article on the efforts by Mark Sanders to restore Bruce Goff's McGregor House in Tulsa, OK. Mark learned of the home's pedigree originally in the Friends of Kebyar's Bruce Goff Oklahoma Guide. Learn more and become a member to the Bruce Goff organization here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to an article in Architect Magazine that probes the soul searching questions around the current Herculean task of developing (and then implementing) a comprehensive restoration master plan for Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Follow the link to read more about the challenges in what current FLlW Foundation president and CEO Sean Malone calls the effort to ..."nurture that ephemeral feeling without having an ephemeral reality.”
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The Louis Sullivan-designed Chicago Auditorium officially opened 125 years ago today on December 9, 1889. In honor of Chicago's oldest theater and what was billed as "the eighth wonder of the world" when it opened, I dug up and scanned a period hand colored Magic Lantern glass slide of the Auditorium Building from my archival materials. Read about the celebratory events planned for the anniversary here.
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December 4, 1973 was a special day for architecture lovers. As posted on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's Facebook page, it was on that day that Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District was added to the U.S. Register of Historic Places. The federally designated Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District includes roughly 80 structures, such as the Mrs. Thomas H. Gale House, Nathan G. Moore Residence, Arthur Heurtley House, Frank Thomas House, Edwin H. Cheney House, Oscar B. Balch House, and, of course, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Plan a visit to see why it was important to protect these places.
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) held its 2014 Awards Gala on November 8, 2014 at The Fortnightly of Chicago. The theme was "A Foundation for Preservation", honoring the work of early initiators and continuing supporters of preservation work in Chicago. The gala’s nearly 200 attendees included architectural historians, architects, preservationists, and others from the Chicago architecture community. The event raised over $45,000 to support the educational mission of SAH and the ongoing restoration of SAH’s landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, which suffered flood damage in August. More after the jump...
Hyperallergic.com reports that at its December 9, 2014 public meeting the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) plans to expunge 96 locations from its landmark status consideration for the sake of streamlining the agency's process. The concern is that this action leaves these sites with little to no protection in the meantime (and we've learned that high-profile NYC sites like the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hoffman Auto Show Room can be demolished). Read more here.
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Tristatehomepage.com reports that the William Wesley Peters-designed Peters-Margedant House in Evansville, IN has been purchased by Indiana Landmarks and efforts are underway to move the prototype Usonian house moved to the University of Evansville campus by late next year. Read more here.
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Zachary Matthews sends some fantastic photos of the newly-restored Bruce Goff-designed Sooner Play Park Tower in Bartlesville, OK. The grand reopening of the tower was on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, where local residents who attended the original tower opening in 1964 were invited to be the first to climb the restored tower. A brave adventure in the days 25mph wind gusts.
The artnewspaper.com reports that the task of putting the disassembled Frank Lloyd Wight-design Bachman Wilson House (formally of New Jersey) back together again in its new Arkansas home begins later this month. Finding the right spot on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum proved almost as big of a challenge. Find out more here.
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The John Toomey Gallery will host an early preview event on Tuesday, November 18th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the gallery in Oak Park, Illinois. This event will include a book signing by Judith Miller, author of the newly released "Arts & Crafts: Living with the Arts & Crafts Style," and wine and hors d'oeuvres. A silent auction featuring a private tour of Crab Tree Farm and a suggested donation of $25.00 benefits the Pleasant Home Foundation and its work to preserve, restore and operate historic Pleasant Home. Please RSVP to this exciting event here. For more information about the silent auction, or to bid online, follow the link.
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Although the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl Albert House near Racine, WI has been given a demolition reprieve, restoration work has apparently slowed, raising the ire of neighbors and the judge on the case. According to the Journal Times, if the remaining rehab work isn’t completed by Feb. 6, 2015 the judge said she could begin assessing fines. Read more about it here and see more recent photos of the house on Wright in Racine.
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Mark Hertzberg passes along news from the city of Racine that the John Randal McDonald-designed home at 3328 N. Main Street in Racine, WI is for sale for $121,000. Dave Erickson, who is an expert on the work of John Randal McDonald, confirms this is the Erickson Residence (1952) and sends the lower period photo on the left from when the house was in its prime.
Because this home is a HUD foreclosure, it may get sold to out of town investors who don’t know the local history or importance of the area's significant architecture. The home is being sold "as is" and does need some work, but as evidenced by the period photo provided by JRMcD expert, Dave Erickson, this house can be brought back to its former glory with the right owner.
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The SunHerald.com features the history and challenges of rebuilding/restoring the Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Norwood House in Ocean Springs, MS. Read it and see a gallery of photos here.
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Joel Hoglund from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy was kind enoughto send information about the newest group of Wright Spirit Award winners, which were presented at the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Confrerence in Phoenix, Arizona. More after the jump...
We've reported in the past on the perilous future of the only Walter Burley Griffin-designed house in the state of Wisconsin, the Charles Livingston Jenks summer home (1907) in Walworth County. Over the weekend we received word from Bill Densmore that the home is headed to sheriff's sale and could be lost to developers. Read more after the jump...
Wright in Racine reports that after almost two years of legal wrangling, the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl and Marie Albert House in Racine, WI has been officially saved from the threat of demolition. Read more about it here.
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its fourth annual Awards Gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 6-9 pm, at The Fortnightly of Chicago, 120 East Bellevue Place. The theme of this year’s gala is “A Foundation for Preservation,” honoring individuals who initiated early historic preservation work in Chicago and continue to support the conservation of the built environment. More info after the jump...
Hadley Meares of KCET.org recently had the opportunity to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Barnsdall Residence (aka 'Hollyhock House") on Olive Hill in Los Angeles and provides some history on the mysterious architectural gem. It's not quite ready for public tours again, but hopefully we'll all get the chance to revel in the home's restored beauty soon. Read more and see images of the gloriously restored interiors here.
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The Ocean Springs Museum of History and the staff at Bon Silene (Charnley-Norwood House) invite the public to the second talk in a Saturday Series of short talks, photos, and refreshments with Ligia Romer at Bon Silene. Bon Silene is the historic 1890 house designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright at 509 Shearwater Drive (East Beach) in Ocean Springs. The second talk will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. "Period vs. Progress" looks at the typical residential architecture of the 1890s and what was so avant garde about this house for the time. Learn more about the Charnley-Norwood House here.
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There was lots of excitement and picture taking in Wilmette yesterday--it's not everyday that people see a Prairie School building cut into three pieces and moved to a nearby town! But that's what happened to the John S. Van Bergen James Irving Residence, which was saved from demolition by moving it to nearby Evanston. Read the various news coverage of the event here, here, and here, and see more photos at Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog.
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Landmarks Illinois and the city of Evanston send word that on Friday, October 10, work will begin to relocate the historic John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving House to Evanston, IL from its current location at 1318 Isabella Rd. in Wilmette, IL. The house will be temporarily stored in the parking lot of the future Whole Foods location at Isabella St. and Green Bay Rd. until the new site in Evanston is ready. Read more after the jump...
DNAinfo Chicago reports that one month after torrential rains flooded the Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, over $20,000 in generous donations and grant money has also poured in to help pay for the repair and restoration costs. Read more here and help the cause by donating on-line here.
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Michael B. reports that plans for a for a 10-story hotel near the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Lamp House in Madison have been on indefinite hold following Plan Commission rejection of the developer's latest proposal in September. Shadows cast on the Lamp House were on in a list of concerns raised by city officials. For more, see a Wisconsin State Journal report here and a second article from Isthmus newspaper here.
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Mike C. sends a link to an article on the efforts of Dorri Steinhoff and Joseph Kuspan, who have purchased and are in the process of restoring the Gunning House (1939) in Columbus, OH. The home, as stated in this article, was a collective design by "Tony Smith, 28, a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice who in the 1950s and ’60s became a world-renowned sculptor; Laurence Cuneo, 19, who became the art director on the I Love Lucy television show; and Theodore van Fossen, also 19, who went on to design 48 Wrightian homes in Worthington’s Rush Creek Village." Read and see a video here.
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If you're looking for a fantastically unique architectural experience this weekend, then don't miss the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern" house walk on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10am - 2pm. You be able to tour five MCM home interiors, plus Pleasant Home! Get more details and tickets here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy recently highlighted the news that the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy received 501c3 status and is now seeking donations towards the building's restoration.
To contribute to the restoration effort, contact the ADGWC at P.O. Box 436 Richland Center, WI 53581. Make checks payable to The A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy. For more information call (608) 604-5034, or email ADGWC president Lon Arbegust email@example.com. More info here and at the ADGWC Facebook page.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George Blossom House has finally found a potential buyer. The home and its Wright-designed neighbor in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago were at the center of a dispute between area residents and billionaire preservationist, Jennifer Pritzker, over her plan to buy the homes and turn them into B&Bs. That plan fell through and the homes missed the opportunity to be stunningly restored. Hopefully whomever purchased the homes since have the ability and the intentions to take care of these important architectural works. More here.
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