The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Fontana Boathouse will be on upcoming Explore Buffalo tours June 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 1 to 2 pm and June 6, 11 am to 12 pm. The tour includes both the exterior and interior of the Boathouse, providing an in-depth look at a masterpiece of prairie-style design. Get more info and sign up here.
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Delawareonline.com reports on the story of Jack Alexander, who became one of the first developers in the Spring Valley area of Wilmington, Delaware to build non-cookie cutter MCM custom-home communities for professionals. One of those 1950s houses is now for sale for $630,000. Read and see more about it here.
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The Mahopac Historic House Tour on June 20, 2015 will give participants a chance to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Massaro House and the actually Wright-designed Chahroudi Cottage on Petra Island. Tickets for a tour of all three houses are $85 and take place 10 am, 11 am, noon, and 1 pm. Boat transportation is included courtesy of Mahopac Marine and the Melchner Family. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
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The Newark Advocate reports that Rogers Krajnak Architects has been commissioned by the Licking County Foundation to provide an assessment, restoration plan, and renovation suggestions for the Louis Sullivan-designed Home Building Association Bank, one of the architect's eight "jewel box" bank buildings in the Midwest. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the Chicago Reader about the Mid Century Modern destination that is Midland, Michigan, which is flush with fantastic designs and the home and studio of architect Alden B. Dow. Read more here and plan your visit to see it for yourself!
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The Chicago Tribune recently spotlighted the May 17, 2015 annual house walk held in Wilmette, Illinois. The quotation marks around the event's name, "Preserving Our Past", are probably apt since Wilmette is not necessarily known for preservation (Irving House anyone?) Anyway, one of the featured four century-old homes included a 1903 Prairie-era residence reportedly by Tallmadge and Watson with the remnants of a Jens Jensen landscape design. Read more about the event here.
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Iowa's Independence Bulletin Journal reports that Frank Lloyd Wright's Lowell and Agnes Walter House (aka "Cedar Rock") near Quasqueton, IA started its tour season this last week and will be open through October. If you have not had a chance to visit this wonderful MCM gem, then plan your trip today! Read more about the home and visiting here.
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This past weekend was a busy one for architecture mavins. If you were not able to make it to Evansville, IN on Saturday to tour the Peters-Margedant House before it's moved to the University of Evansville, then follow the link to watch a news video clip on the recent event. Your next chance to see it will be after its been moved and restored, so stay tuned.
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The timing was perfect! News of the sale of the 6-year-vacant south wing of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Coonley House was announced the same weekend the people from all over the world descended on Riverside, IL to tour other portions of the estate as part of the annual Wright Plus housewalk. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy delivered the happy news via their website, and thankfully, the new preservation-minded owners are wasting no time cleaning up and getting ready for restoration. Read more here and here.
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This weekend is going to be a busy one for architecture and design aficionados. In addition to the annual Wright Plus Housewalk taking place in Oak Park and Riverside, IL on Saturday May 16, 2015, there will also be a book signing event for Alfonso Iannelli: Modern By Design from 3:30 to 5pm at the 10th annual Arts and Crafts Chicago show and sale. The event is being held at Concordia University in River Forest, IL and will be your chance to meet author David Jameson and get your copy signed. Yours truly (and the designer of the book) will also be there, so stop by and say "hi." More info here.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports on the newest wrinkle in the ongoing saga to open the David and Gladys Wright House to the public for tours and events: Deed restrictions. Opponents to the plans to open the house to the public cite local deed restrictions that limited the activities of neighborhood homes to act only as residences. The owner of the Wright house counter that their plans do not violate the actual wording of the deed restrictions. Read more about this architectural tug of war here.
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Kubala Washatko Architects in Cedarburg, WI recently won the 2015 Residential Architect Design Award for Restoration/Preservation for their efforts to restore the 1948 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Albert and Edith Adelman House in Fox Point, WI. See some photos of the stunning results here.
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In other Organic Architecture real estate news, The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laura Gale House in Oak Park, IL (1909) has just come to the market for the asking price of $1.1 million. This iconic cantilevered Prairie School design has often been called the progenitor to what Wright later did at Fallingwater. Read more here and see the listing here.
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The Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, WA is offering the 1,100 sq. ft. Usonian building it owns at 1200 N. Forest Street to anyone willing to pay the cost of moving it to a new site. The 1967 building, designed by the late architect James Zervas, was built originally as a Western Optical retail outlet. It would be a real shame to lose this little Usonian gem, so hopefully someone can figure out a way to move it and save it. Read more here and see more photos here.
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