The first day was a great success for the Call Building Kickstarter campaign! The effort to raise the remaining funds needed to build a replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic San Francisco Call Building Model and return it to its original home at Taliesin in Spring Green, WI is off to a great start with 1/5th of the goal reached. There's still a ways to go and we need as much support as possible to ensure this amazing model is put back in the "Wright" place. Please help us in that goal by donating here.
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PrairieMod readers have the opportunity to help fund one of the most exciting Frank Lloyd Wright-related projects to date. A newly launched Kickstarter campaign by the Organic Architecture + Design Archives (which your PrairieMod editor is a part of) looks to raise funds to recreate and replace the iconic San Francisco Call Building model, which previously resided at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Read more about the fundraising campaign after the jump...
Speaking of the Laurent House, the Wright-designed home's application for placement on the National Register of Historic Places received unanimous support last Friday afternoon in Springfield from the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council. Read more about it here.
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Marcy Kerr, Executive Director of The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation (LFPF) recently sent an article written by Art Miller and Peter Coutant on the preservation prospects for the Keck + Keck-designed Fagen/McMahon House (which is currently on the market for $799,900). Read more after the jump...
Zac Bleicher, Director of the Edgar Miller Legacy project, and the Chicago Art Deco Society both send word that the developer who planned to demolish 159 West Burton Place has sold the house to someone who will protect the building and supports the landmarking of the West Burton Place District. This is a huge win for preservationists and a step towards preserving the unique character of Old Town in Chicago from future peril. We'll keep readers updated as to future updates to this story.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports that as the owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed David and Gladys Wright House prepares for restoration and property expansion plans, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio is just as prepared to oppose the plans in the Phoenix City Council and block a permit request for events. Read more about the ongoing battle here.
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Curbed.com reports that The David and Gladys Wright House Foundation has released plans for the complete restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. The non-profit plans to begin restoration of the property, with the long-term goal of opening the home, along with a museum café, bookstore and garden pavilion, to the public for tours, educational programs and cultural events. Read more here.
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The Ledger reports that renovations on the interior of Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL are nearly complete. The extensive and sensitive restoration will bring this important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chapel (located on his equally important campus of other Wright-designed buildings) back to its former glory. Read more about it here.
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Arkansas Business recently featured Scott Eccleston, Crystal Bridges Museum director of grounds and facilities, who discusses the nearly complete reassembly of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House from New Jersey to the Arkansas museum campus. Read more here.
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Scott Pendelton sends word that an important Bruce Goff work will be rehabilitated if the Tulsa City Council and voters approve funding. The 1929 Riverside Studio (today the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre) was one of Goff’s earliest designs. It opened just seven months before the Black Friday stock market crash that ushered in the Depression and eventually led to foreclosure on the original owner. The building was then empty or leased for almost a decade, during which time essential maintenance was neglected. Subsequent owners of limited means have attempted to keep the building functional, but now a total rehab is needed. No one alive today experienced the building in its original glory, thus it has always been more of a sad curiosity than a point of pride. Except for the impact of the Great Depression, this building would surely be THE iconic image associated with Tulsa. The structure is quite sound. Full rehabilitation is possible. But for that to happen the current owners, the non-profit Tulsa Spotlighters, Inc. must convince Tulsa that the building is a valuable cultural asset of interest to potential visitors, and that Bruce Goff remains relevant. For more information and to find out how you can support the effort, please visit www.spotlighttheatre.org.
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Over at Curbed National, Alexandra Lange posits the question "can architecture bring a city back?" by looking at Buffalo, NY as a case study. Her in-depth review of the architectural hits and misses taking place in America's eighth largest city adds weight to the argument that it can make a big difference. Read it here.
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Tricia S. sends us a link Interesting article in The Des Moines Register about the rehabilitation of the MCM American Republic Insurance Co. building. Read it here.
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The Journal Times reports that the owners of the Edgar Tafel designed Carl Albert House in Wind Point, WI near Racine must pay more than $2,000, plus a larger per-day fine, and finish restoration work before the village will grant an occupancy permit. This has been a bitter multi-year conflict between the town, neighbors, and the owners that has ended up in court numerous times. Hopefully the work will be finished soon and this work of architecture can have a less dramatic life. Read more here.
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News reached me from the Chicago Art Deco Society (CADS) that, despite meetings with the developer, the City, and neighbors, and building a coalition with other preservation groups supporting these efforts, the demolition permit for 159 West Burton Place in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood was granted.
If 159 were demolished, not only would the "story" of the "handmade home" be disrupted, but damage could also result to the historic Edgar Miller windows and artwork in the adjacent Carl Street Studios and Andrew Rebori home. Read more about this troubling development here and be sure to sign the petition to let the powers that be know you oppose this senseless destruction.
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The Hyde Park Herald reports that restoration work at Frank Lloyd Wright's Blossom House in Chicago has seemingly come to a halt and the visible state of the home looks more distressing than ever before. While efforts had be underway to restore the important early Wright work, nothing is know at this point why the construction fencing has been removed and the home left in such a tenuous state. Hopefully more info will be forthcoming and work can continue so the home is protected before winter hits. Read more here.
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The Buffalo News reports that one of the most stunning fireplaces Frank Lloyd Wright ever created for one of his commissions—the four-sided glass mosaic fireplace for the Darwin D. Martin House—will be fully restored, thanks to the expert work of Evanston, IL glass artist, Chris Botti. Read more about this remarkable restoration project here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that hope and patience have run thin for the promised restoration of the 2006 fire-damaged Pilgrim Baptist Church by Adler and Sullivan in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. A lack of funds, the eyesore nature of the ruin, and unresponsiveness from the congregation is raising tempers in the neighborhood. If restoration is not an option, preservationists suggest a park incorporating what remains be developed as a testament to the once proud building. Read the article here.
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In an editorial for oakpark.com, Laurel McMahon makes the case that River Forest needs a better historic preservation ordinance to stop the senseless destruction of architecturally significant homes. Part of what is underscoring the need is the scheduled demolition of the Harry Robinson-designed Paul F. Victor House at 930 Ashland Ave. Robinson is a noted Prairie School practitioner with several works in River Forest and surrounding Western Suburbs. Hopefully this house will not be lost. Read the preservation plea here.
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We recently received notice from several Old Town neighborhood residents and the Chicago Art Deco Society (CADS) that a building on the historic block of Burton Place is slated for demolition on July 15, 2015. The building is at 159 W. Burton Place and was recently sold to a developer. A demolition permit has been applied for to build a large and intrusive new structure. Since the current home is immediately adjacent to the Carl Street Studios designed by Edgar Miller, Sol Kogen, and Jesus Torres, its demolition would cause irreparable damage to the historically important surrounding structures. Learn more after the jump...
Johnathan McMahon recently contacted us with information and some scans of printed materials about his grandparents former house, the Keck + Keck designed Fagan House (1948) in Lake Forest, IL. Jonathan's grandparents owned the home from 1981 to 2007 and he has many fond memories of growing up there. Unfortunately, the home faces the possibility of being lost. Find out more after the jump...
Join the Dana-Thomas House Foundation as they host their annual summer gala, "Jazz in Bloom" on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 6-9 pm. The magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright-designed courtyard will be filled with great Jazz music by the Sam Crain Trio as guests enjoy delicious food and beverages and a truly fabulous silent/live auction. The event is $60 per person and includes all food and beverages. Reservations may be made online at dana-thomas.org.
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John C. sends a link to an article in Minnesota's Hastings Star Gazette about Abra Hovgaard taking the reigns of stewardship for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fasbender Clinic Building, which her family has owned and maintained for over twenty years. The clinic has since become an office building for the family's Edward Jones financial firm, with some changes involved...but generally, the state of the building is very good. Read more about it here.
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The LA Times reports on the Getty Foundation recently announced the second round of grants awarded as part of its "Keeping It Modern" conservation initiative. Among the sites that were awarded grants are Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, which received funds for conservation. Read more about it here.
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The Ottawa Citizen reports that National Capital Commission will restore, preserve, and open architect James Strutt's iconic Modern home in Gatineau Park as a public pavilion in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a recent Chicago Tribune article about the life, work, and impact of Chicago's Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson, on the city he's worked so hard to help others appreciate as much as he does.
Tim was recently named a "Living Landmark" by Landmarks Illinois, fitting for a man who has done so much to preserve so many bricks and mortar landmarks over the years. Read more about Tim here and be sure to watch the video where Tim lists the Top 10 artifacts in his life.
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The Prairie House Foundation, which oversees the stewardship of the W. T. Foreman Prairie House in Duncan, Oklahoma is looking to raise donations to help repair its basement after the recent flooding. The home, which is dated to 1917, is said to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School work, though I can't find a record of who the architect might be. Read more here and here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a Chicago Tribune article by Blair Kamin that highlights the plans under discussion by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to possibly move the Mies van der Rohe-designed Farnsworth House from its original river side location in Plano, IL to a less flood-prone site located on the 62-acre Farnsworth House property. Read more about it here.
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Penny Amiet is the current owner of Bruce Goff's Freeman House in Joplin, MO. She and her husband have taken care of the home for the last eight years and have recently made the difficult decision to sell the home and pass the torch onto new stewards. I asked Penny to relate some of her experiences owning the home over the years for PrairieMod readers. More after the jump...
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has announced the five winners of this year's Wright Spirit Award, given out at the annual Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference held this year in Milwaukee/Racine. Read more after the jump...
Wright home owner, Maggie Hein, recently gave a presentation on the labor of love rehabbing The Perry House in the Ravine Bluffs community of Glencoe, IL. Read more about it here.
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Architectural Digest reports that the extensive and beautiful gardens at Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring Green, WI home, Taliesin, will undergo a restoration plan to return them to their 1959 state. As stated in the article, "New orchards are being planted per Wright’s template, as are hollyhocks, a popular plant used in ’50s landscaping. The restorations apply not only to the gardens but to the agricultural grounds as well." Read and see more here.
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The Daily Journal reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, IL has received a generous donation by Karin Janik to reproduce the stunning art glass ceiling lights in the home's dining room as a memorial to her late husband. The originals were sold-off some time ago and their current whereabouts are unknown. These reproductions will put things "Wright." Read more here.
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If you spend any time around Madison, WI like I did this weekend, you'll notice a lot of very cool MCM work built by Marshall Erdman. Touring the van Tamelen house (and driving by the nearby Rudin House, pictured at top left and also designed by Wright/built by Erdman) really underscored how cool these prefab designs are.
Now, I need your help. I'm looking for materials, period photos, papers, brochures, etc. associated with these Wright-designed/Marshall Erdman-built prefabs.
I'd like to add examples to the OAD Archives for future study and appreciation. If you have any original materials like this, please contact me at email@example.com.
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The Aspen Times reports that developers are moving to demolish the 1956 Boomerang Lodge, designed by Taliesin apprentice Charles Paterson, and replacing it with a condominium hotel. Seems a waste to lose this unique and historic MCM work in the name of "progress." Read more about this development plan here.
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CBS Sunday Morning recently based their entire show at Frank Lloyd Wright's Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, SC. Host Charles Osgood discussed the estate's extensive restoration, undertaken by Hollywood producer, Joel Silver. Silver's dedication to getting Auldbrass (W)right can be seen in the breathtaking images in the show. If you missed it, watch it here.
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