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PrairieMod reader, Dave Arland, was kind enough to send along some photos and write about his recent experience touring Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House in Racine, WI. More after the jump...
Chicago Tonight's Art Beat: Inside the Arts Blog recently featured the uber-rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1896 The House Beautiful book that many of us would give our eye teeth for. I've had the privledge of seeing Wright's very own copy of this book in person and it is beyond words. Now if I could just find a copy at a Chicago used book sale some day. Read more here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine reports that the raze order for Edgar Tafel’s Carl Albert House in Wind Point (Racine), WI has been stayed until October 30, 2013, but if structural repairs have not been completed, and if the house has not been re-roofed by that point, the house is likely a goner. Read and see more here.
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Artist Federico Babina has created a series of illustrations called Archipix that portrays a bunch of "starchitects" (including a pixelated Frank Lloyd Wright) as if they were vintage 8-bit video game characters. Just watch out for that pesky Donkey Kong, Mr. Wright. See more here.
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Thanks to OpenCulture.com for posting a rare audio rare recording from June 18, 1957, where a 90-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright discusses his thoughts on Creativity, Nature, and Religion. Listen to it here.
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The word "Usonia" has always been closely associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and his MCM architecture. However, according to the blog, 2paragraphs, it was originally coined in 1903 by writer James Duff Law in his book Here and There in Two Hemispheres. Wright just made it famous. More here.
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Curbed Chicago's "Cornerspotter" game recently featured an archival image of the Albert Sullivan residence, designed and built by Louis Sullivan in the 1890s and torn down in the 1970s. There's still an empty lot where it once stood...who knows, maybe an architectural resurrection is possible. Read more here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog posts news and photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hardy House's restored exterior stucco color (a lovely shade of terra cotta). Read and see more here.
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation blog recently featured a post on the American dream embodied in the Lustron prefabricated steel home. Although promised to be the answer to low-cost post war housing, it's estimated that only 1500 of these homes survive today. Read more about the people trying to preserve this piece of architectural Americana here.
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Co.Design put together an infographic slideshow highlighting some of the most famous architectural failures throughout history as what was learned from making the mistakes. See it here.
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The blog, Brain Pickings, recently highlighted 10 thoughts on education and learning from Frank Lloyd Wright as encapsulated in the book Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture, Nature, and the Human Spirit: A Collection of Quotations from Pomegranate. Read more here.
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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.
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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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