John C. sends a link to an article in Minnesota's Hastings Star Gazette about Abra Hovgaard taking the reigns of stewardship for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fasbender Clinic Building, which her family has owned and maintained for over twenty years. The clinic has since become an office building for the family's Edward Jones financial firm, with some changes involved...but generally, the state of the building is very good. Read more about it here.
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Elisabeth D. sends a link to an article about Grammy-winning musician George Benson re-listing his 1960 house designed by Taliesin apprentice, Eleanor Petterson (one of the first women to be licensed as an architect in New Jersey). Read and see more here.
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This weekend marks America's birthday, so what better way to celebrate the Land of the Free than to check out the homes of the Brave. Clair J. sends word that iMove.com just published an interactive timeline that features 115 Years of American Homes. Readers can view iconic homes from each decade and learn fun facts about period architecture and design, all while driving a car that matches the time period. Check it out here.
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You can probably play "Six Degrees of Separation" with Frank Lloyd Wright or one of his buildings with just about anyone famous. Case in point: The Beatles share a connection to Wright via Yoko Ono, who apparently attended school at Frank Lloyd Wright's Jiyu Gakuen school in Tokyo, Japan. Read more about it here.
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Mimi Zeiger opines in DeZeen Magazine about the return of what she calls "Hippie Architecture" — the Organic, eccentric, often handmade architecture often found in several corners of California, the Pacific Northwest, and other familiar haunts of the long hairs and incense burners. The recent series finale to the popular MCM-era show, Mad Men, is referenced as part of this return of what Mimi considers the duplicity of a counter-culture architecture that ultimately promotes disengagement. I'm not sure I agree with her premise but I know one thing--I'd much rather have a world of Organic, Nature-embracing architecture than what's been predominantly built over the recent decades. Read and see what you think here.
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The LA Times reports on the Getty Foundation recently announced the second round of grants awarded as part of its "Keeping It Modern" conservation initiative. Among the sites that were awarded grants are Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, which received funds for conservation. Read more about it here.
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Sandy Jandegian sends word that the John Randal McDonald-designed 1953 home in Bayside, WI named "Okaumi-Uchi" (which translates to "House of Wolves") created for original client, Adam Wolfe, is on the market for $395,000. Check out more photos and the listing here.
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The design for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki has been chosen, and the winners are a relatively unknown husband and wife team from France. Their winning proposal, called "Art in the City," isn't a single building, but a small group of nine buildings and a lighthouse-like tower which is located by the waterfront in Helsinki's harbor. Read more about it here and here.
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Michael B. sends word that two mid-century houses are for sale on Madison, WI's Plymouth Circle, a post-war neighborhood that includes the work of several architects of note. Among them is a 1958 house designed by William V. Kaeser and the other is a 1957 house by an unidentified architect. Follow the links to learn more.
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The Ottawa Citizen reports that National Capital Commission will restore, preserve, and open architect James Strutt's iconic Modern home in Gatineau Park as a public pavilion in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a recent Chicago Tribune article about the life, work, and impact of Chicago's Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson, on the city he's worked so hard to help others appreciate as much as he does.
Tim was recently named a "Living Landmark" by Landmarks Illinois, fitting for a man who has done so much to preserve so many bricks and mortar landmarks over the years. Read more about Tim here and be sure to watch the video where Tim lists the Top 10 artifacts in his life.
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The Prairie House Foundation, which oversees the stewardship of the W. T. Foreman Prairie House in Duncan, Oklahoma is looking to raise donations to help repair its basement after the recent flooding. The home, which is dated to 1917, is said to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School work, though I can't find a record of who the architect might be. Read more here and here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a Chicago Tribune article by Blair Kamin that highlights the plans under discussion by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to possibly move the Mies van der Rohe-designed Farnsworth House from its original river side location in Plano, IL to a less flood-prone site located on the 62-acre Farnsworth House property. Read more about it here.
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