Be sure to attend the second lecture in the Pleasant Home Foundation's series "Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture" at the Oak Park public Library February 27, 2014 at 7pm. Susan Benjamin will be talking about the development of the Modern House in Chicago, illustrated by the work of its stellar Modernist architects. Read an article on the series here and get more details here.
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DNAinfo Chicago reports that condos are being developed where the New Hope Bible Church now sits and across from Louis Sullivan's famed Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago. Neighbors are worried about how these condos will impact the historic nature of the area and possibly intrude on the important Sullivan landmark. Read more about it here.
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The Art Newspaper reports that a group of activists staged a surprise protest inside Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Holding banners and chanting, the activists were protesting labor conditions on the Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi branch of the museum. Read more about it here.
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According to an article from the globegazette.com, Wright On The Park and the Mason City Public Library this week will unveil a 12-inch reproduction of the Richard Bock designed statue of Mercury which was originally created for Frank Lloyd Wright’s City National Bank in 1910. The unveiling will be in the library commons on Friday February 28 at 4 p.m. and is open to the public.
The statues will also be for sale for $85 each (plus shipping fee if required) at the library, the Architectural Interpretive Center, The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Moorman’s Clothiers, In Home Gallery and Gifts and online at www.wrightonthepark.org, with proceeds going jointly to the library and to Wright on the Park. Read more about it here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends a link to an article in the New York Times about Museo Jumex,the zig-zag-topped museum of contemporary art in Mexico City that was brought to life (and underwritten) by wealthy patron, Eugenio López Alonso. Read more about it here.
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Michael Bridgeman lets PrairieMod readers know that the Madison Common Council will vote Tuesday February 25, 2014 on whether to accept a special area report that would increase protection for the site around Wright's Lamp House (1903). If adopted, it will become part of the city's plan and help guide future development. Madisonians (and others) are encouraged to contact their alders to voice their support. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin have partnered with local preservationists on this effort. Useful resources and links here and here.
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Mark H. sends a link to the news that the Chicago Spire's developer, Garrett Kelleher, has said that investor Atlas Apartment Holdings LLC will agree to pay off creditors and let the company emerge from bankruptcy paving the way to see the Santiago Calatrava skyscraper come to life. Read more about it here and here.
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"ESCAPE was conceived as a high quality cottage, not an RV. Inspired by All-American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated attention to detail and appreciation of nature, every element of the ESCAPE has been finished to the highest quality standards, featuring cedar lap siding, LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and much more. With remarkable architectural detail and beautiful furnishings, this is hardly your standard RV, but rather an object of repose that enhances the beauty of any natural setting."
See all the details and more photos here.
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The Dallas Morning News reports that the city of Dallas needs about $200 million just to maintain its existing arts facilities and to build the new ones desired. Unfortunately it does not have that kind of cash laying around.
One Dallas arts facility on that "to fix" list that is of particular concern is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater which apparently needs a $30-million restoration/rehabilitation (see page 25 of this report).
Read more about the entire situation here.
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The Vision Of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert, the story of the Organic Architect's quest to merge architecture and ecology, will be screening at the Sedona International Film Festival from February 25 and 28, 2014. Read more about the film and watch a clip here.
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Head's Up! Today's presentation by author Kim Bixler on “Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House," sponsored by Wright On the Park and River City Society for Historic Preservation in Mason City, IA has been rescheduled to take place at 7 pm Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, 520 First St. S.E.
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Curbed Chicago reports that a new crop of sites in the city were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. One of those new additions was the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed J.J. Walser, Jr. House on the far West Side of the city. The home (and the neighborhood it's in) have seen better days. Now that it's listed, it enjoys a little more protection...but the long-term future of this home is still not assured. See the entire list of Chicago's new inductees here.
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Gizmodo and The New York Times recently featured architectural wonders from American cities that were lost to the wrecking ball in the name of "progress." Gizmodo lists 9 buildings in particular that were a shame to lose—including Louis Sullivan's Garrick Theater. These lists could run reams of paper, but see what's been listed as lost here and here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is hosting a special lecture by Taliesin West visiting scholar, John Sergeant. The lecture is titled "A Spatial Analysis: What Drove Wright's Forms?" and takes place on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. Space is limited, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Motawi Tileworks has a beautiful new tile based on a fret sawn wood grille design from Frank Lloyd Wirght's Nathan Moore residence in Oak Park, IL. Check it out here.
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I received a message yesterday that informed me that the John S. Van Bergen-designed Ewing Residence is for sale in Bloomington Illinois. Not only is the house, built in 1920 for Spencer Ewing, almost completely intact in its original form, so is the Jens Jensen landscape design!
The house has no landmark protection whatsoever and the fear is that it will be bought by a developer and torn down. Let's hope that a preservation-minded buyer comes forward to save this impressive home and return it to its Prairie School glory. See the listing here.
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Metropolis Magazine recently interviewed ArchiTech Gallery owner and author, David Jameson, on the life and the work of Alfonso Iannelli. Read the interview here and then pick up the comprehensive Iannelli book AND go see the new Iannelli exhibit at the ArchiTech Gallery. Details here.
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North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design, has updated the NCMH Masters Gallery. With these updates and additions, the NCMH Masters Gallery is America’s largest open digital archive of Modernist houses, as well as the internationally known Modernist architects who designed them. Read more after the jump...
Love is in the air and however you say it, Happy Valentine's Day! Get your sweetie something from the heart here.
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Florida Southern College's student newspaper, the Southern, reports that the university recently received $400,000 from Florida’s Division of Historical Resources to go towards in an effort to restore the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Annie Pfeiffer Chapel back to its original appearance (as close as possible). This grant money must be matched by the university, which means the restoration total spent will be $800,000. Read more about it here.
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The Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside recently announced their 2014 Housewalk. America’s first planned suburb, Riverside, Illinois, is a pastoral, walkable community with homes of varied architectural styles and vintages. “Sustainability: Then and Now” features homes ranging from Victorian, Arts & Crafts and Mid-Century modern to contemporary green-build construction, with an emphasis on sustainable materials and design. Learn how these homes achieve high visual impact with reduced environmental impact and enjoy your stroll through this National Landmark community. The event is Sunday, June 1, 2014 from Noon - 5:00 pm. Tickets are $40 per person. Visit www.olmstedsociety.org for ticket information. Inquiries may be directed to: email@example.com.
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This winter has many Chicagoans asking "Why do we still live here?" The answer might be found in this stunning video that Mark H. sent us a link to called "Windy City Nights." Max Wilson's writes that the "video is the result of a two year journey through Chicago at night. I started this timelapse project back in April of 2012 after getting inspired by a video I saw posted on Vimeo titled “We are Chicago” by Ross Gerbasi. The video contained several night timelapse sequences that were captured in Chicago." Watch it here and see why Chicago is arguably the most beautiful city in the United States and worth enduring a harsh winter.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel Eppstein House in "The Acres" community of Galesburg, MI has been getting some much needed TLC. This blog has been doing a fantastic job keeping us up-to-date on the progress and providing some pics of the work done.
Having walked through the home last Fall as part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference, I saw how much work was needed. Knowing the house is getting all this needed work is good news indeed. Read and see more here.
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Melissa G. and Dave E. send word that John Randal McDonald's Herbert Hughes House in Dubuque, Iowa is for sale. The house is 4,200 sq ft and contains 22 rooms. Hughes was a Senior Vice President and grandson of the founder of Flexsteel. He wanted a house that was designed for entertaining (President George H. and Barabara Bush attended a party), yet contained a Sanctum with a wall of televisions for weekend escapes. Check out a listing with more info here.
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The Oak Park Public Library is hosting a new exhibit titled "Frank Lloyd Wright — The Oak Park Years" consisting of photographs by James Caulfied in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio this year, and the 40th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Read more about it here.
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Heads up! The Kalo Foundation in Park Ridge, IL will be hosting a display of Arts & Crafts-era silver (specifically Kalo Workshop pieces) to coincide with the book signing of Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry: 1890 - 1940 by Darcy L. Evon, author and Kalo Foundation consulting historian.
The event takes place Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2 pm at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center, 255 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, Illinois. Books will be available for sale at the event. Read a recent review of the book here and get more info on this and other Kalo Foundation events here.
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Michael Bridgeman reports that Madison residents can support a special advisory report that can help protect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robert Lamp House in downtown Madison TODAY.
The Plan Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014 in Room 201 of the City-County Building. Beginning at about 5 p.m. Supporters can register in support of Item 1 on the agenda, “Accepting the report of the Lamp House Block Ad Hoc Plan Committee" which is available here. Registrants are not required to speak or stay for the meeting. Details about registering for public meetings is here. If accepted by the Plan Commission, the report will go the the Common Council on February 25, 2014 for a final decision.
Michael will try to get us a further update on Tuesday after the Plan Commission meeting. Thanks Michael and all the Madisonians who are trying to save this important Wright work!
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There's new Registration info for author Kim Bixler's upcoming "What is it like Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House?" lecture in Mason City, Iowa on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The event takes place at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, 520 1st Street NE, Mason City, Iowa. Space is limited. Registration required. Go to flw.eventbrite.com to register.
Read about this and other Wright-related events taking place soon in Mason City here.
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Author Kim Bixler sent word about two upcoming Frank Lloyd Wright-related lectures this weekend at the Palm Springs Modernism Conference. On February 15, 2014 Kim Bixler will speak on “The Perks and Pitfalls of Living in a Frank Lloyd Wright House” and on February 18, 2014 Sean Malone, President of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will speak on “Frank Lloyd Wright, Integrity, and Transformation.” more info here.
Kim will also have an additional lecture in Mason City, Iowa February 20, 2014 at 7:00pm "What is it like Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House?" The event takes place at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, 520 1st Street NE, Mason City, Iowa. Space is limited. Registration required here.
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The blog editors at Architizer recently featured a post stating that The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Winslow House was perhaps the earliest McMansion. So, let me get this straight: Architzer thinks one of the most significant works in the history of architecture is the prototype for America's architectural Anti-Christ? Although it's all apparently stated as a lure to get you to read the article and the comparison is dropped, it's still a cheap gimmick at attention. Read more here.
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Curbed Chicago recently featured Martin Gonzalez's depressing photos from 2013 of the Bertrand Goldberg-designed Old Prentice Women's Hospital being destroyed. It's a sad reminder of how fragile the protections are for works of MCM architecture and how short-sighted institutions like Northwestern University and the City of Chicago can be. Read and see more here.
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Pat Henek of Heartland House Designs wrote us recently to announce that they have just added the new "Storer House Concrete Block" cross stitch design to their line of officially licensed Frank Lloyd Wright Collection products.
In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright began designing the John Storer House and three other homes in the Hollywood/Los Angeles area. Wright used a unique method of building construction, weaving decorative blocks of concrete together with reinforced steel rods. It came to be known as the Textile Block System. The Storer House was modernized by Wright's grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright.
Model stitched on 14-count Aida cloth fabric. Stitched area: 5 x 5 inches. Framed size: 10 x 10 inches. This design is a companion to the Ennis House Concrete Block Tile design.
Heartland House Designs' cross stitch kits are available at a variety of Frank Lloyd Wright museum sites, or visit their website to learn more.
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I was fortunate enough to have recently attended a special "Family Reunion" luncheon at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Winslow House in River Forest, IL. The occasion was generously hosted by current owner Peter Walker and was given to celebrate the visit of third, fourth and fifth generations of Winslow family members, who traveled from both coasts to see the famous home of their ancestor.
Tim Samuelson and Janet Halstead of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy were also special guests and we all enjoyed experiencing this amazing house with the family and hearing their memories and stories. Janet wrote a piece on the event and posted to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy website. Read it here.
If you'd like to start building your own family memories in this superlative work of architecture, then check out the real estate listing for the Winslow House here.
Top image credit: PrairieMod/Bottom image credit: Peter Walker
Mark Hertzberg sends links to the news that Racine, WI is likely to lose the historic Porters building, a former high-end furniture store at 301 Sixth St., because owners have lost too much time and revenue on the delayed redevelopment process and want to cut their losses. It would be nice if they could at least find a way to save the fantastic Streamline Moderne facade. Read more about the story here and here.
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Author and historian Jack Quinan's Weekly Wright Up blog provides an exploration of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa's work (which is the subject of a new book by Robert McCarter) and how Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas may have provided influence. Read it here.
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Last week we announced that a stunning work of Organic Architecture near Joshua Tree, CA designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg has come on the market for the first time. The house has put up its official website and listed price of $3 million. If you don't have that kind of cash laying around, then enjoy a ton of photos and video here.
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Before his work on the 1893 World’s Fair grounds of the White City, Frederick Law Olmsted created the storybook village of Riverside, Illinois in 1869 as a place of rest and rejuvenation from the stresses of modern urban living. Today this magical place of curving streets, gas lamps, and charming parks still fulfills Olmsted’s dream. It has since inspired architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan to create some of their most beautiful works. Over 80 landmark structures representing 145 years of iconic American architecture dot the village. The Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside invites you to experience this very special American place, a place with a hidden history that may surprise you. Two separate docent-led tours alternate monthly on the following Sundays in 2014: (North Division) May 25, July 27, and September 21. (South Division) June 29, August 31, and October 26. Tours depart 2 pm from the Riverside Railway Depot. Get more details here.
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