Paul R. sends a link to the news that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Theodore A. Pappas House at 865 Masonridge Road in Town and Country, Missouri (near Saint Louis) is for sale. Completed in 1964, the Usonian Automatic is one of only two Wright-designed homes in Saint Louis area. The Pappas family is selling the three-acre property off-market; those interested in purchasing this incredible example of Wright's Usonian architecture should contact Modern STL at email@example.com for more information.
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The Sioux City Journal recently featured the story of why the Alfonso Iannelli-sculpted panel depicting the Seventh Commandment ("Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery") was intentionally omitted from the Sioux City County Courthouse in Sioux City, IA. Read about it here and in the newly re-published book on the building and its history, The Woodbury County Courthouse Revealed.
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On October 18, 2014, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is hosting its annual black tie Founders Gala. It will be an especially special year for the event, since it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. There will be cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, and the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts and supporters. Get details and your tickets here.
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A PrairieMod reader sends word that a John Howe-designed house in Menomonie, WI is on the market for $649,900. I asked Rob Barros, who is currently working on a documentary about Howe if he could identify the home and he confirmed that it is the Dr. Bruce Trimble Residence built in 1978. See the listing here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Newsblog provides a link to a long article on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Larkin Administration Building (1906), which once stood in Buffalo, NY and was considered one of the most important early works of Modern Architecture.
Because the city had not idea what to do with it and people were not very preservation-minded about such things, the Larkin Building was unceremoniously torn down--a loss that still reverberates to this day. The article on Upstate Modern Blog provides interesting period newspaper clippings from the late 1940s that show an attempt to sell the building and its ultimate demise. Read and see it all here. Thanks to Mark H. for the link.
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Zach M. and Paul U. both send word that the fate of the now-vacant Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club Building in downtown Tulsa, OK is being put up for sale by current owner Josh Barrett for $1.35 million. Barrett, who bought the building at a sheriff's sale in 2013 for $460,000, decided that restoring and re-purposing the building was more than he wanted to take on. Hopefully a preservation-minded steward who does have the capacity and resources to save this building will step forward. Read more here.
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We learn on Wright Chat that architect Olof Dahlstrand, who designed several beautiful Usonian homes and other buildings in the Carmel, California area, died early Thursday July 17, 2014. Read more about his passing here and then pick up a copy of the book, Olof Dahlstrand: The Usonians here.
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Mark H. sends a link to the news that Los Angeles architect and former associate of Frank Gehry, Randall Stout passed away earlier this month. Stout was an early advocate of environmentally conscious design and his own work recalled the organic forms of birds in flight and the fluidity water. Read more about his life and work here.
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I came across this strange "advertorial" blog post selling the finer points of the 2014 Honda Civic as it compares to Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. Wright architecture has either officially entered the American mainstream, or has completely sold out. Decide for yourself and get sold here.
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The Ottowa Community News reports that the Francis C. Sullivan-designed Horticulture Building (designed in 1914 by a Canadian student of Frank Lloyd Wright ) which has been moved and is in the middle of an extensive restoration and should be finished by the end of the year. Read more about it here.
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A PrairieMod reader sent a link to a really sweet home designed by "a student of Frank Lloyd Wright" for sale in Harmony, MN. The home has some really great angles and could be yours for the shockingly affordable price of $149,900. See the listing here and chime-in if you know the architect.
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The Kalo Foundation in Park Ridge, IL recently received a very generous donation to the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center from Ms. Carol Schmidt: a reproduction concrete "Sprite" which was cast off an original sculpture originally executed by Alfonso Iannelli for Frank Lloyd Wright's Midway Gardens. Read more about it here and plan to visit it in person!
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Here's a link to an article and video on former Iowa state legislator, Donovan Olson's efforts to restore the Prairie Style James B. McHose House in Boone, Iowa. Read and watch more here.
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Houston's only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, the William L. Thaxton Residence (1954) has hit the market for $3.195 million. Thaxton has been altered several times over the years, but current owners, who bought the home in the early 1990s have wiped away several of the most offensive changes and polished it to the current state seen in the many photos posted in the linked article. Check it all out here and here.
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If you missed the MoMA exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal then you can catch a glimpse of what drawings, photos, and models were in the show thanks to this illustrated checklist. Thanks to Bailey Baerwolf for the link.
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Curbed LA features a special article on the effort to preserve one of Los Angeles' greatest interior-architecture treasures: a massive installation of custom tiles by renowned Pasadena Arts & Crafts Era tile artist, Ernest A. Batchelder. The interior was created in 1914 for the Dutch Chocolate Shop on the ground floor of a at 217 West Sixth Street in downtown Los Angeles. Because of the loss of other Batchelder tiled interiors, preservationists are fretting over the fate of this gem. Read and see more here.
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