The band Wilco has had a long love affair with Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City towers (they appeared on the cover of the band's hit record, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 2002). Perhaps that was the inspiration for artist Nate Duval to mash-up the architectural corncobs with another Chicago-based icon, American Gothic, but Grant Wood (which hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago) for a recent Wilco and the Jim Becker Group show poster. Whatever the inspiration, it's a fun image! If you like, you can get your own here.
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Just in time for the holidays: Volume 2 : Number 3 of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design has arrived from the printer and is now available for order.
Volume 2 : Number 3 presents a collection of organic abstract holiday cards—a festival for the eyes—that we hope readers will enjoy. This issue features 50 holiday cards designs (some never-before-published) from over twenty organic architects and designers. Get a sneak peek here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a New York Times article highlighting Phoenix's historic preservation officer, Michelle Dodds, and her efforts to save Phoenix's historic architecture, which she has outlined in a plan called PreserveHistoricPHX that will be presented to the Phoenix City Council next month. Read more about it here.
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Lisa T. sends word that there's some potential danger for the Edward Dart-designed house for sale at 1021 Lake Cook Road in Highland Park, IL. Apparently a developer wants to tear down the main house and secondary small structure (which was rented out and used to be a tool shed) and build 14 houses on the almost 5 acre property—which would be a huge loss to the community. Read more about the home here and check out the listing info here.
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Here's a link to an article on the house that architect Lawrence A. Fournier designed and built in 1910 that melds Arts and Crafts with Prairie elements and became one of the first homes built in North Minneapolis. Read more here.
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The current owner of the David & Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, AZ saved the day when he purchased the home from developers who were eager to demolish it. His plans since have involved much needed restoration work and preparing the grounds for a grander use as a public site. Unfortunately, this has some of the neighbors up in arms and vowing to fight the zoning changes. Read more about it and watch a video here.
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The New York Times reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in will attempt to raise $2 million before the end of 2015 to secure its long-term future as an independent organization, apart from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. This comes after the public kerfuffle over the school's loss of accreditation in 2017 and path towards dissolution. Read more about it here.
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The Charleston Gazette reports that the silver lining to the vandalism of the intriguing "Top-O-Rock" house (designed by architect Henry Elden in 1968) is a renewed interest in capturing the oral history on the home and its architect and sparking a design competition that envisions the future use of for the house and its property in West Virginia. Read more about it here.
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Chicagobusiness.com features an article on architect Chris Enck's recent purchase and subsequent moving of the 1928 a John S. Van Bergen-designed Irving Residence—formally of Wilmette, IL. The action saved the home from demolition and the move will allow another town to benefit from having an important work of Prairie architecture added to it. Read more about it here.
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It's that time of year when you're probably getting a ton of letters from not-for-profit organizations asking for year-end donations. While many of those causes are worthwhile to support, I received a letter from The Friends of Cedar Rock, who oversee the stewardship of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walter House in Quasqeton, IA, for a cause that I think is definitely worth supporting. More after the jump...
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walker House in Carmel, CA has a new neighbor: An attractive new public restroom that strives to be aesthetically suitable for its seaside location and architectural cousin. Read more here.
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Andrew B. sends a link to an article in The New York Times about a historian who has uncovered the remains of an Arts & Crafts era Rookwood tile covered balcony boutique and stairway in Lord & Taylor’s Manhattan flagship store. Read more about it here.
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Nelson B. also sends a link to an article on the efforts by Mark Sanders to restore Bruce Goff's McGregor House in Tulsa, OK. Mark learned of the home's pedigree originally in the Friends of Kebyar's Bruce Goff Oklahoma Guide. Learn more and become a member to the Bruce Goff organization here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to an article in Architect Magazine that probes the soul searching questions around the current Herculean task of developing (and then implementing) a comprehensive restoration master plan for Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Follow the link to read more about the challenges in what current FLlW Foundation president and CEO Sean Malone calls the effort to ..."nurture that ephemeral feeling without having an ephemeral reality.”
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