Big news for architecture lovers was posted on Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog: Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Wax Research Tower will soon be partially open next year! This is really exciting because the Tower has been closed to access since 1981. Read more about the work underway to prepare the Tower for tours and see tons more photos here.
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There's exciting buzz building about Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Bach House in Chicago. This little late Prairie gem is undergoing an extensive restoration by Tawani Enterprises, a firm owned by Chicago philanthropist and businessman, Col. JN Pritzker (IL-Retired). The house was commissioned in 1914 by Emil Bach, an early admirer of Wright’s work. The project is scheduled for completion in July, 2013 and will be open for overnight guests and exclusive private events. Check out the restoration progress as it's being documented on the Emil Bach House website here.
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The blog projectophile.com posted a warning to anyone who loves both Mid-Century Modern homes and their children: Don't mix the two. Floating stairs, open ledges, Nature-inspired death traps...the list of ways your toddlers will expire goes on and on. Read this hilariously tongue-in-cheek blog entry here.
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Patrick Steffes at the blog Forgotten Chicago has posted the third article in their Shoreline Motel series, this time focusing in-depth on motels in Chicago's central area. Initially seen as a more modern and convenient alternative to Chicago’s rapidly aging hotels, these brand-new and sometimes architecturally distinctive properties in the central area were all built in the 1950s and 1960s, and are now mostly forgotten. Utilizing FC’s exclusive database of more than 9,000 images, articles and catalogued ephemera, this article includes rare and unexpected images, many not seen in decades. Check out more here.
Images via Patrick Steffes/Forgotten Chicago
Gothamist.com recently featured a 1930 article highlighting the "all-glass buildings" designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the heart of New York City that never made it off the drawing board. Read more here.
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Designslinger recently posted some great photos of Ganz Hall, inside Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Building in Chicago. See the photos here.
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Lynn Becker recently visited the ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago and was treated to a preview of the eagerly anticipated monograph coming next year on Alfonso Iannelli (designed by your PrairieMod editor!) I know it seems like it's taking forever, but let Lynn tell you--it'll be worth the wait. Obviously, as we get closer to publication I'll let readers know more details!
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Zachary M. and Nelson B. both sent a link to the beautiful 1955 Tracy House in Seattle (which is for sale for $950,000) was recently featured on Curbed Seattle. See the post here.
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Curbed National puts up an interesting post about 5 recent home listings that take severe liberties in attaching Frank Lloyd Wright's name to the buildings (presumably in the hope that it will blind prospective buyers to how gaudy or un-Wrightian the homes actually are). See more here. And in case you're wondering...that sound you hear is Frank spinning in his grave (wherever it is).
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Patrick Steffes, Contributor to the blog Forgotten Chicago, sent word about a recent re-discovery that fans of Midwestern Modernism will want to take notice of. During a sold-out bus tour highlighting overlooked suburban architecture on August 26, the intrepid explorers at Forgotten Chicago finally revealed the location of Bertrand Goldberg’s long forgotten 1939 Standard Homes. These modest homes caused a sensation when new, but their location has been unknown for decades. Using old newspaper microfilm, fire insurance maps, and multiple visits to the community, the remaining homes in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park, IL were located in late 2011.
One of Goldberg’s earliest residential designs, and part of a plan for thousands of low-cost homes across the country, other Standard Homes were also built in Indiana and Maryland. These Chicago-area homes are located on 22nd Avenue between Division Street and North Avenue in Melrose Park; information on other recent Forgotten Chicago finds and upcoming events may be found here.
Photo credits top to bottom: Bertran Goldberg Archive, Chicago Daily News, 1939 & Patrick Steffes, 2011
The blog, Design Slinger, offers-up some historical and present-day photo details of the Louis Sullivan's former Carson Pirie Scott & Co. State Street store (now a City Target). Check it out here.
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Wired.com's "Geek Mom" recently posted about the art and legacy of Charles and Ray Eames. Even if you are well aware of the Dynamic MCM Duo's work, you may still enjoy this refresher. Read it here.
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PrairieMod reader, Zachary M. sends a link to a fascinating post on laobserved.com about "Reluctant Angeleno" author Allon Schoener's visit to the Eames' Pacific Palisades home for the first time in almost six decades. Read it here.
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