I stumbled upon this blog post on comicbookresources.com that asks why no one has ever used Frank Lloyd Wright architecture as a model for Superman's adopted urban home, Metropolis. Read more here.
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Wright Chat user DRN posts the news that the Ellis House designed by architect Malcolm Wells in Cherry Hill, NJ is currently on the market for $494,900. If you're on the East Coast and interested in living PrairieMod, then check out more on this fab home here and see the listing here.
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Mark Hertzberg recently had the opportunity to photograph the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "Great Workroom" at the SC Johnson Administration Building in Racine, WI. As happens, though, several other things around the campus caught his eye. Check out all of Mark's fantastic photos here from an afternoon spent "Wright" at SC Johnson.
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Online Colleges recently posted their list of the "50 Best Blogs for Architecture Students", which compiled the list as an informational resource that can help students excel in their courses and beyond. PrairieMod makes a respectable showing at #24! See the entire list here.
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Need a break this afternoon? Then check out the blog, Paradise Leased, which offers an in-depth visual exploration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Imperial Hotel (1915-1923), formally of Tokyo, Japan. Check out a bevvy of historical images of this (now lost) magnificent architectural wonder here.
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Every so often, two great things come together to produce something truly special. Case in point: The Organic Design Operatives (ODO) recently produced some exquisitely designed and crafted furniture for Unity Temple Restoration Foundation to use as part of their gift shop at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unit Temple. Read about the design process, execution and installation at the ODO website here. Then plan a visit to Unity Temple to see this fantastic furniture (and building) for yourself!
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Blair Kamin writes about the very real concerns surrounding the long-term future of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed David and Gladys Wright House, even after the recent promise by developers to not tear down the concrete block masterpiece. Read more here.
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How magazine's blog reports that P22 Type Foundry has released a "Pro" version of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed typeface dubbed "Eaglefeather."
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Mark Hertzberg of Wright In Racine sends links to two photo sets: One on Providence, RI's "Superman" Building (whose lone tenant, Bank of America, is moving out and its unclear what the future of the building will be); the other set is on the Eero Saarinen-designed Milwaukee War Memorial Center. See "Superman" stuff here and here. Saarinen stuff here.
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Curbed LA features a sweet little 1950 MCM post and beam gem recently to the market in the Studio City for $799,000. It's had very few previous owners and as photos show, it retains plenty of original woodwork and built-ins. But who did it? If anyone knows the architect, let us know! See more here and here.
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Metropolis Magazine's most recent installment in their examination of the ways and places (both past and present) American's work showcases what is arguably the most inspirational workspace in the country: "The Great Workroom" at The SC Johnson Administration Building, the 1936 design by Frank Lloyd Wright. Read and see more here.
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Photographer, author and blogger, Mark Hertzberg, was also at The SC Johnson Gallery: Frank Lloyd Wright at Home preview yesterday and posted his experience and more photos over at his blog, Wright in Racine. Check it out here.
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There's a new architecture blog on the block that PrairieMod readers will want to check out. It's called Modern Illinois and as the name suggests, it will feature the Mod side of the Land of Lincoln. The weblog recently featured a virtual tour of a Long Grove, IL home designed by architect Richard J. Stromberg and built in 1955. Check it out here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright In Racine blog has posted an exciting preview of the new "At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright" permanent exhibition in Fortaleza Hall located at the SC Johnson Company campus in Racine, Wisconsin. The show is opening at the end of next week, but this is your chance to catch a sneak peek! Read and see all the photos here.
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Blair Kamin reports that Preservation Chicago announced its 2012 "Chicago Seven" list, which aims to shine a spotlight on the plight of historic buildings to encourage people to save and reuse them. This year's list includes theaters, residences, hospitals and of particular importance, Bertram Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital. Read more and see the list here.
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Yesterday was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's 126th birthday and the internet was awash in Mies-related stories (spurred-on by the Miesian Google Doodle). The Chicagoist blog took the opportunity to explore the architect's legacy beyond his home base city of Chicago. Read and see more here.
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Historian Lee Bey has been covering the steady march towards the destruction of Shepherd's Temple Baptist Church/Anshe Kenesseth Israel synagogue in Chicago. Read the sad story and see more images here.
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Mark Hertzberg of Wright in Racine sends a few photos from his recent trip to Los Angeles that depict a rare view of Frank Lloyd Wright's Barnsdall Residence (aka Hollyhock House) that is only visible because of the demolition of a hospital building at Sunset and Edgemont.
It's only a fleeting view until the new building is constructed. Mark says the tip came from Ginny Kazor, former curator of Hollyhock House, and her filmmaker husband, Tom Koester. Thanks Mark!
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Spring is just around the corner! To get all you gardners ready, here's a link to Treehugger.com on some cool DIY greenhouse projects that would make the perfect place to get your seedlings ready. See more here.
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Blair Kamin, the architectural critic for the Chicago Tribune, covered the plight of the James B. Riving houses in Wilmette, IL on his blog Cityscapes and gives PrairieMod the shout out for the role played in connecting Wright and Schindler to the little cottage in the back of the property. Read Blair's post here.
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Architectural historian and WBEZ blogger, Lee Bey covered the story of the endangered James B. Irving House and the little Wright/Schindler cottage in Wilmette this morning (which PrairieMod has had an important role in identifying). Read it here. Lee will also be on WBEZ's "Afternoon Shift" with Steve Edwards today after 2:30 pm, talking about it (and other things). Catch it here.
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One of Chicago's enduring monikers is "The Second City," even though we're technically behind both New York and Los Angeles for size. However, according to a recent ranking of the world's best skylines by Diserio.com, Chicago is still "two-iffic" (coming in a slim second only to Hong Kong. New York and Los Angeles? #3 and #34 respectively. See the rankings and the methods used to calculate them here.
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Landmarks Illinois' Save Prentice coalition has created a new blog our called “Chicago Modern: More than Mies” that anyone interested in the preservation of our Modern cultural heritage should check out. The coalition also has a series of events coming up under the same name. Check out the blog here and the events you won't want to "Mies" here.
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Blair Kamin shares a special treat on his Cityscapes blog: Lecture notes from last Saturday's program on Mies van der Rohe's Tugendhat House by Chicago architect Dirk Lohan, in which two of Mies' residential masterpieces (Farnsworth and Tugenhat Houses) are compared and contrasted. Read it here.
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Mark Hertzberg has posted a bevvy of new reviews over at his blog, Wright in Racine. They include reviews of Patrick Mahoney's new book about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Davidson House; Randy Henning's 2011 book about Alfred Browning Parker's work; Roland Reisley's 2001 "Usonia" book, and a link to a demo of Tim Sakamoto's iPad app. Read them all here.
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Throughout 2012, Gapers Block will be showcasing David Schalliol's photographic portrait series of 100 of the hundreds of buildings threatened with demolition in Chicago. Explore the background information for the project, which includes definitions and links to other building resources. See the series so far here.
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