The Chicago Art Deco Society recently announced that the Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted unanimously to grant preliminary landmark status to Nick's Uptown (aka the Cairo Supper Club and Hupmobile Showroom). The Commission heard an excellent presentation by Terry Tatum, the Director of Research of the Historic Preservation Division of the City of Chicago, as well as comments from Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago, Abby Sullivan from Alderman James Cappleman's office (who initially sought landmark status of the building), and CADS' Vice President and Preservation Chair Amy Keller. We look forward to monitoring the status of this beautiful Art Deco building. More about the building here.
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My third holiday gift pick is a special DVD the tells the story of how Frank Lloyd Wright's last hotel commission, the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, IA, was saved and brought back to life by a preservation-minded community. Read about the DVD here and then plan to purchase your copy as the perfect gift at the desk at The Historic Park Inn Hotel, at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, or online at www.wrightonthepark.org.
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Calling All PrairieMod experts! Mike Halkovich has been researching Peter Berndtson and Cornelia Brierly since the beginning of 2012 and has visited several of these homes, photographed some, interviewed homeowners, and met one of their daughters (Indira) at Taliesin. He's on the lookout for anyone which has had any interaction with Peter Berndston or Cornelia Brierly and would appreciate the opportunity to interview anyone who lives in one of the houses, or knew Peter or Cornelia. If anyone can help Mike with his research project, please contact him at ultrahalkovich[AT]gmail.com.
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Here's the next in my holiday gift picks to help you shop for the architecture-lover on your shopping list: Anyone who loves Frank Lloyd Wright, design, and printing will treasure this limited edition letterpress print of the Isabelle R. Martin House, created by the WNY Book Arts Center. You can order one at the Graycliff online shop while they last. See all the ArchiTypes prints in this series here.
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The holidays are here and you might be in need of the perfect gift for that architecture or design lover on your list. As the weeks wind down this December, I'll be giving a few of my holiday gift picks that may help readers find something perfect. The first pick is any one of the beautiful hand-thrown and decorated pots by Mary Pratt offered by Fair Oak Workshops. Check out all of the options available for purchase here. Keep in mind, though that the cutoff date on orders for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas is December 6, 2013.
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'Tis the season for gingerbread re-creations of architecture. Visualnews.com highlights a series of impressive gingerbread art museums (including, of course, Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim museum deceptively photographed at left) created by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves for a display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami. Check them out here.
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Eric Nordstrom from Urban Remains sends word that the Darwin Martin House skylight art glass window that was sold at auction last August has resurfaced as a lot in Sotheby's "Important 20th Century Design" December 18, 2013 auction. There's also some other big ticket Wright-related lots in this auction as well, including an iconic SC Johnson Administration Building desk, a three-legged chair from SC Johnson and two art glass windows from the second Little House. Also of interest is a stencil section from Louis Sullivan's Chicago Stock Exchange and a very rare architectural Teco vase. Check out all of the lots here.
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Restoration work is underway at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence, one of the handful of houses located in the Wright-designed Galesburg, MI community called "The Acres." A recent post on the blog chronicling the restoration work highlights the house's new roof. See more here.
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WBEZ's "The Morning Shift" recently discussed the current community kerfuffle over the idea of turning two side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago into bed and breakfasts. Chicago magazine’s Dennis Rodkin weighs-in on what the fuss is all about and what the future of these Wright's might be. Listen to it here.
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Pamela Tilton, real estate broker at Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, was kind enough to forward a plethora of beautiful interior photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed William H. Winslow House (1894), which will soon be on the market for the first time in 55 years. See all the photos after the jump...
The wait is over! The special news that I've been teasing you with is the announcement that a brand new organization has been launched called The Organic Architecture + Design Archives (or OAD Archives for short) that will also publish the new Journal of Organic Architecture + Design! So what's it all about? Find out after the jump...
PrairieMod pal, Michael B. sends word that the power has been turned off yet again at the Telemark Lodge in Cable, WI. The resort was designed in 1972 by Taliesin apprentice Herb Fritz and has long been an integral part of the American Birkebeiner, an annual long-distance cross-country ski race. When restoration costs came back expensive, the power was shut off. It's not certain what the future holds for the building. Read more here.
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Continuing the theme of resistance to Wright-related development: The proposal for the first house based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright will recommended for refusal by the North Somerset Council’s north area planning committee because "The council fails to accept this house as outstanding or innovative, or that it reflects the highest standards in architecture - all criteria for allowing permission within the Green Belt." Wow...and you thought the Kenwood neighborhood residents were tough. If a Frank Lloyd Wright house design does not meet the standard for "outstanding" or "innovative", I'm not sure what would. Read more here.
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The Kenwood community's outright rejection of the efforts by Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises to purchase the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Blossom and McArthur houses, restore them, and then operate side-by-side bed & breakfasts makes no sense. Tourism is big business (just ask Mason City, Iowa and Oak Park, Illinois). It makes one wonder if it's just ignorance, or if prejudice might also be part of the equation. Either way, a golden opportunity to save two of the neighborhood's most significant architectural treasures is being wasted. Read more here.
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As a special Thanksgiving treat I created a new Mod illustration of Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission, the iconic William H. Winslow House (1894). I was so inspired by my recent tour of this beautiful house, that I thought I'd try my hand at capturing its fantastic lines and form in my simplified figure/ground graphic style. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
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