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.
Image via Pleasant Home Foundation
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.
Image credit: Gregory Shaver
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.
Top two images via realtor.com/lower image copyright David Erickson
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.
Image via John Fitzhugh/Sun Herald
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.
Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg (taken a year ago, before the roof was repaired.)
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.
Image copyright Mark Herzberg
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.
Map by Jason Klein/Wisconsin State Journal
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.
Image credit: Kyle Robertson/Dispatch Photos
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here and at the ADGWC Facebook page.
Image via ADGWC Facebook page
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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The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Madison Plan Commission recently rejected zoning approvals for a 10-story, 164-room Marriott-brand hotel being proposed just off the Capitol Square (and very near the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Lamp House). Concerns about easements, height, and how its cast shadows would impact the Lamp House were all cited as issues that now necessitate changes to the proposal. Read more here.
Image credit: Scott Templeton
The State Journal-Register reports that officials at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, IL have determine the root issues behind the recent flooding problem at the historic home: City sewer configuration, lots of rain at once, need for waterproofing. Kind of a "Uh...D'uh" list, but I guess you have to break problems down to the basics to solve them. Unfortunately, like always, the fixes are expensive. Read more here.
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The Times-Picayune recently featured a selection of historic images of New Orleans landmarks lost over the decades. One of the buildings now gone was New Orleans' Union Station (1892), which was the only train station designed by architect Louis Sullivan (and which a young Frank Lloyd Wright likely worked on as Sullivan's head draftsman). Sadly, it was torn down in 1954. See it and the other lost Big Easy buildings here.
image via NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune archive
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Getty Foundation has launched a new campaign called "Keeping It Modern" which will award grants of $50,000 to $200,000 to a list of 20th century architectural icons, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago. Read more here.
Image via The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Lon Arbegust sends word that a new program of docent led walking tours of historic neighborhoods in Richland Center, Wisconsin (birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright) are now available. For information, follow the link to the official Facebook page of the program or phone 608.604.5034.
Image via facebook.com/richlandcenterheritagewalk
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence (1951) in "The Acres" community in Galesburg, MI has been undergoing some much needed TLC, much of which has been documented on this blog. Now the Usonian, which is for sale for $475,000, is ready to be shown in its first open house, Sunday September 14, 2014 from 3 - 5 pm. If you're near the Kalamazoo area, then go check it out! More info here.
Image via projecteppstein.blogspot.com
Northern Public Radio recently featured a segment on Frank Lloyd Wright's recently water-logged Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, IL. While the spectacular Prairie Era home is open again for public tours, the basement is still drying out and a long term flood safety strategy is now underway. Read and listen to more here.
Image via Albert Herring/Wikipedia
The LA Times reports on the saving of the Rudolph M. Schindler-designed Bethlehem Baptist Church (1944) by a new congregation. A rare example of a church built by the iconic architect, it is also one of the few intact Modernist structures in South L.A. Read more about it's new life here.
Image credit: Christina House
Heavy rain swept through Springfield, IL on Thursday night (August 28, 2014) and caused the basement of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Susan Lawrence Dana House to flood. While significant damage to the Prairie School icon was avoided, tours were canceled going into the busy Labor Day weekend. Read more about it here.
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Three art glass cabinet doors that were originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Westcott House in Springfield, OH were recently acquired by the house's foundation at auction and will be returned to their rightful place in the Prairie School home. Read more about this exciting preservation win here.
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Lon Arbegust sends word that the AD German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. has received verification from the Internal Revenue Service that ADGWC, Inc. is now exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ADGWC is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2056, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. They welcome all who wish to contribute to this unique Frank Lloyd Wright restoration effort. Follow the effort at the ADGWC Facebook page here.
Image via ADGWC, Inc.
The Journal Online reports that thanks to the fund-raising efforts of a recent Kickstarter campaign on behalf of Sam Guard, Jr., the original Alfonso Iannelli designed memorial statue for his late sister, Georgia Guard, will be copied and placed in Park Ridge's Town of Maine cemetery, allowing the restored original to be protected from further damage. Read more about it here.
Image credit: Anne Lunde
The Spring House Institute is trying to raise matching funds for a special category grant from the Division of Historical Resources to acquire the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Spring House in Tallahassee, FL from original owners, the Lewis Family. Follow the link to read more about it, see a video on the house, and pick your pledge amount (and thank you gift).
Image via Spring House Institute
Michael Bridgeman was in the Wright place at the right time in Madison, WI recently. He was able to snap two photos of Frank Lloyd Wright's Lamp House that show the rear (southwest) facade that has been exposed by the demolition of four houses to make way for a new apartment building that takes into account a special area plan adopted earlier this year by the city of Madison. These houses were in place when Robert Lamp built his house in the middle of a block near the state capitol, so this is a view that was never really anticipated—and will disappear when the new building rises on this site. Thanks Michael for the pics!
Images copyright Michael Bridgeman
As news of flood damage to the Charnley-Persky House spread, friends of SAH have offered their support as volunteers to assist in cleanup and with monetary support. SAH board member Cynthia Weese, FAIA, and her husband, Ben Weese, FAIA, have made a Challenge Grant of $10,000 for Charnley-Persky House recovery and ongoing restoration work. Every dollar donated to the house, up to $10,000, will be matched by the Weese grant. More after the jump...