Oklahoma NPR station KGOU recently spotlighted Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK and the complicated relationship locals have with the 19-story skyscraper. Many admit it has its faults and can be a pain to work in, but almost all say they love it anyway and are proud to have it in their town. Read and listen to more here.
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NewsOK reports that hopes are high that the 1964 Robert Alan Bowlby-designed Founders National Bank building in Oklahoma City can be saved. The OkieMod Squad is still collecting signatures on their online petition to ask current building owners to find an alternative to tearing the building down. Read more about it here and sign the petition here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust announced yesterday that the iconic William Winslow House in River Forest has been added to the Wright Plus 2016 Housewalk lineup. Its a chance to see inside one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most important works--but get your tickets before they sell out! More info here.
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WEHOville.com features an article exploring the issue of how to preserve the delicate relationship between the RM Schindler House and Studio and its surroundings. The article states that by the end of this year, the Schindler House will be one of only two single-family homes left on the street, separating it from architectural context. Read more about this preservation conundrum here.
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The 29th National Arts & Crafts Conference and Shows takes place on February 19-21, 2016 at the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. This is the premier event for anyone interested in the American Arts & Crafts Movement and this year's event is sure to delight with several engaging speakers, a bevvy of antique and newly created items for purchase, and of course the breathtaking surroundings of the Grove Park Inn itself. Get details on how to attend here.
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The Daily Beast explores the topic of Frank Lloyd Wright's final urban designs for the city of Baghdad, Iraq and why they were fated to remain on the drawing board. Read it here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the Bruce Goff-designed Myron Bachman House came back to the market last month, cleaned-up and with a price cut from its original 2014 asking price of $599,000 to $475,000. The home needs some TLC, but it's an opportunity to own a very rare example of Goff's Chicago work and hopefully bring it back to its full glory. More here.
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Buffalo Business First reports that the Graycliff Conservancy's executive director, Reine Hauser, will be stepping down after serving in the post for 12 years, leading more than $4 million in renovations and updates at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed estate near Buffalo. PrairieMod wishes Reine well and thanks her for all that she did for Graycliff. Read more here.
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Arch Daily reports on architect Zaha Hadid recently receiving the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2016 Royal Gold Medal at a ceremony in London. She joins some august company who have also received the award since 1848, including Frank Gehry (2000), Lord Norman Foster (1983), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1959), Le Corbusier (1953), and Frank Lloyd Wright (1941). Read more here.
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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) posted all of the individual listings for the upcoming February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction, which includes the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George D. Sturges House. As feared, several of the home's furniture and decorative items have also been listed for separate sale. We'll see how this plays out and if there is any hope of keeping this home intact, but as of now, it doesn't look good. See the list of Wright-related items that are listed for sale here.
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The blog, Broken Sidewalk, recently ran a post on the negative impact over time of corporate headquarters moving from downtown Louisville, KY to the surrounding suburbs—which apparently could be traced back to 1964, when Lincoln Income Life Insurance built their William Wesley Peters-designed tower (known today as Kaden Tower) in the 'burbs. Read more here.
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Modern mavens from around the world will be converging on Palm Springs February 11-21, 2016 for the annual pilgrimage known as "Modernism Week." If you didn't get tickets for the event this year, but still want to get a flavor of what it's all about, check out this Southern California Public Radio piece on the event here.
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Mvtimes.com notes the one year anniversary today of the passing of architect, professor, and Taliesin Apprentice, Chester (Chet) Wisniewski. According to the article, after graduating college, Chet "...became an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, in Arizona. Chet’s apprenticeship to Wright had a great influence on his career as an architect, a professor, and an artist. He was always fascinated by the integration of architecture and nature, and the interaction of building and design." Read more about his life here.
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The Wausau Daily Herald reports that the current owners of the Charles and Dorothy Manson residence (1941) in Wausau, Wisconsin are waiting patiently to hear in the next few weeks if their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more about it here.
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Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Cory Mason of Racine, recently went on Wisconsin Public Radio to promote his continued effort to push for his bill that would create a Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail in the state, linking (and promoting) several Wright sites together in a tourism-friendly format. Read and hear more here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that Oak Park's highest recorded home sale since 2008 is not an architectural masterpiece by hometown boy, Frank Lloyd Wright--but a home by one of his Prairie era contemporaries, E.E. Roberts. The Benjamin Porter Horton residence (1913), which actually has more Arts & Crafts overtones than Prairie, recently sold for a whopping $1.98 million. I've been through this home and I can tell you it is, indeed, very nice. Read more here.
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One of the most anticipated architectural tour events of the year is the annual Wright & Like tour hosted by Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin. This year's event takes place in Racine, WI and will feature an amazing assortment of Organic Architecture for enthusiasts to enjoy inside and out. Get a sneak peek of the Saturday June 4, 2016 event after the jump...
Curbed.com spotlights a Sammamish, Washington home for sale designed in 1965 by Taliesin apprentice, Milton Stricker that has been newly renovated and put on the market for $879,000. The home has some great architectural company, since it is around the corner from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Brandes House. Check out more here.
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