The Capital Times reports that Ron McCrea, author of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright as part of a C-SPAN "Cities Tour" segment about Madison set to air this Saturday at 11am. Read more here.
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Architecture Arts Hub reports on another interesting merger of architecture and technology: Italian 3D printing company World Advanced Saving Project or "WASP" (which is no coincidence since they were inspired by the mud dauber wasp) has developed a 3D printer that builds houses using only materials found on-site, like mud. Whether or not the process or the materials are practical, it remains an intriguing possibility for how we build in the 21st century. Read more about it here.
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Joel Hoglund from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy was kind enoughto send information about the newest group of Wright Spirit Award winners, which were presented at the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Confrerence in Phoenix, Arizona. More after the jump...
Calling all Pittsburgh area PrairieMod readers! Author Steven M. Reiss will be signing his new book, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, at Fallingwater this Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 11:00-2:00 pm. If you're in the area, make sure to not miss the event! More info here.
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We've reported in the past on the perilous future of the only Walter Burley Griffin-designed house in the state of Wisconsin, the Charles Livingston Jenks summer home (1907) in Walworth County. Over the weekend we received word from Bill Densmore that the home is headed to sheriff's sale and could be lost to developers. Read more after the jump...
Wright in Racine reports that after almost two years of legal wrangling, the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl and Marie Albert House in Racine, WI has been officially saved from the threat of demolition. Read more about it here.
Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg (taken a year ago, before the roof was repaired.)
Curbed Chicago reports that Organizers released more details about next October's Chicago Architectural Biennial, the first of its kind in North America and counterbalance to the international version in Venice. The theme of the 2015 Chicago event will be "The State of the Art of Architecture," named after Stanley Tigerman's 1977 conference. Read more about the event here and visit its official website here.
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Reine Hauser sends word that Edythe "Kitty" Turgeon, the preservationist credited with saving the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY and helping to designate National Historic Landmark status passed away Monday in Buffalo, NY at the age of 81. Read more about her life and preservation work here.
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Jeanette Fields, one of the pillars of Chicago-area architectural preservation, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 2, 2014 at the age of 94. Jeanette was the first executive director of the Chicago Architectural Foundation in 1970 and the director of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue in Chicago. She and her husband, Ellis, purchased the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Davenport House in River Forest and became long-time stewards of the home and became integral to the architectural community of Oak Park/River Forest. You can read more on Jeanette's life and important work here and here.
A memorial service will be held this coming Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7 pm at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Please join all of us and her family, and bring a "Jeanette Moment" to share.
Also, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will dedicate their concert this Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Jeanette - "American Originals" - Gershwin, Ives, Barber, Copland and Weill - by the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players, also at 7 pm at Unity Temple. Details here.
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Crains Chicago Business reports that after developer Garrett Kelleher failed to make a $22 million dollar payment on the property where the Santiago Calatrava Chicago Spire was to be built, it was taken over by Related Midwest LLC. This effectively kills any dream of building the spiraling tower.
The building site's new owner does pledge to create "an architecturally significant and thoughtful development befitting this premier location," so perhaps there's hope for something architecturally worthwhile yet. Read more here and here.
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The Western Daily Press reports that the battle to build what was billed as "the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in the UK" has hit a roadblock that it may not be able to overcome. The North Somerset Council has rejected the plans, reinforcing its policy of no green belt development, and planning inspector Edward Gerry has agreed with the council and dismissed the builder's appeal. Read more here.
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its fourth annual Awards Gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 6-9 pm, at The Fortnightly of Chicago, 120 East Bellevue Place. The theme of this year’s gala is “A Foundation for Preservation,” honoring individuals who initiated early historic preservation work in Chicago and continue to support the conservation of the built environment. More info after the jump...
The first glimpse of what the new George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is now available on the Museum's website and it is out of this world. Described on the site as "both futuristic and timeless. Its continuous, undulating organic surface blurs the line between structure and landscape. As the harbor rises up to the land, it merges with stone surfaces that reach up to the sky and ultimately crescendo into a “floating” disc." If built as shown, it would certainly become a striking addition to Chicago's architectural panorama. What do readers think? Read more here and here.
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Curbed LA reports that the John Lautner-designed Reiner-Burchill Residence (aka Silvertop) has sold to Beats by Dre president Luke Wood for $1 million over asking price! Wood intends to restore the house to Lautner's original vision, so it looks like the right guy bought this spectacular home. Read more about it here.
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Paul R. shares links to an article in the Regina Leader-Post about Usonia Homes Inc., a custom home builder in Canada that is using the ideas expressed by Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian residences as inspiration for a new generation of homes that blend "classic designs with ultra-modern building techniques." Read more here.
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It was another beautiful sunny day in Phoenix, Arizona—perfect weather to enjoy a tour of amazing architecture during the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference. More after the jump...
Day 2 of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona was another one chock full of wonderful preservation-related discussions and astonishing afternoon house tours. Get all the details after the jump...
The first day of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona was full of engaging lectures, panel discussions, and an amazing tour of Taliesin West. Get the details and see photos after the jump...
I arrived in Phoenix this afternoon in advance of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference, which starts in full effect tomorrow.
I took the opportunity to head over to Taliesin West with author and photographer, Mark Hertzberg and his lovely wife, Cindy, to catch up with some of our friends there and get a little pre-conference Wright fix. More after the jump...
Curbed Chicago reports that after a series of price chops, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Edmmond House (1892) in LaGrange, IL has finally sold for $800,000. Read and see more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust has put tickets on sale and announced the initial line-up of houses for the 41st Annual Wright Plus Housewalk, which will take place on May 16, 2015. This year marks the first time that the event will take place in both Oak Park, IL and Riverside, IL—because the event will include the iconic Avery Coonley Residence and Coonley Stables! Additionally, the Oscar Balch House will be on the tour, as will a handful of other "Plus" homes. Check out the line-up to date and order your tickets here--but do it soon, because this exciting event is sure to sell out!
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This week, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will be holding its annual conference in Phoenix, AZ--and PrairieMod will be there! I'll be providing a daily wrap-up of the lectures we listened to, the people we met, and the buildings we toured. If you can't be there, then be sure to check out PrairieMod every day to stay connected.
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Curbed National reports that the John Lautner-designed Silvertop Residence in Los Angeles, which listed in August for the first time since 1974, sold in a jiffy for $8.55 million. Check out more info and photos here.
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Hadley Meares of KCET.org recently had the opportunity to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Barnsdall Residence (aka 'Hollyhock House") on Olive Hill in Los Angeles and provides some history on the mysterious architectural gem. It's not quite ready for public tours again, but hopefully we'll all get the chance to revel in the home's restored beauty soon. Read more and see images of the gloriously restored interiors here.
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Here's a link to a WMAC Northeast Public Radio segment on a new exhibit at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Lichtenstein Center, which explores how housing designs for industrial workers shaped the city, including the never-built designs by Frank Lloyd Wright. Read and listen to more here.
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The Boston Globe recently featured the remarkable collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings that make up the campus at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. Read it here.
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Just in time for Halloween: A "ghost" issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design has arrived from the printer and is now available for order.
With the inaugural issue released in December 2013, 2014 started with volume 1:number 1 (with no volumes 1:2 or 1:3 being produced). This ended up causing confusion amongst readers...so we decided to post-publish those missing issues as "ghost" issues to complete the series.
Volume 1 : Number 2 is devoted to the architecture and printed graphic design materials created by Phil H. Feddersen and his Fingernail Moon Press. For over forty years, Feddersen has been quietly and effectively creating organic architecture and design honoring the principles set forth by Frank Lloyd Wright. This issue marks the first time many of his works have been published.
If you were already a subscriber, your copy is in the mail and will arrive shortly. If you have not subscribed yet, then click here!
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Curbed, the architectural and real estate website, recently suggested a bevy of tongue-in-cheek suggestions for architect themed Halloween costumes. Most are fun, but their concept for dressing up like the ghost of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, replete with "a sheer Victorian dress, pearls, white make-up, and copious amounts of blood" is not funny. Making light of this tragic murder is just tasteless. Shame on you Curbed--you're better than that.
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There will be an author talk and book signing for Breaking Wright's Grid by Bob Koppany, III on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. Breaking Wright's Grid explores and includes extensive analysis of the architectural grids that Wright used in his designs throughout his body of work. During this event, Mr. Koppany will give a presentation about the book, with a signing to follow. Those who wish to purchase a copy of the book may do so at the event. Refreshments will be served. RSVPs are requested, so please contact event coordinator Sally Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yesterday we reported on a John H. Howe-designed home for sale in Golden Valley, MN. Rob B. and John C. were kind enough to confirm that it is indeed the Dr. F. Bruce Lewis Residence (1969). If you missed it the first time, catch up on the original post here.
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Curbed Miami recently highlighted Frank Lloyd Wright's reaction to visiting Miami in 1955. In a nutshell: He hated it, calling the local's houses something "pigs would be ashamed to live in" and comparing one hotel to an anthill. Ouch. Of course the main target of this bile was not the people themselves, but the architects who built what he saw. Read more here.
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A PrairieMod reader sends word that a beautiful 1969 house in Golden Valley, MN designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's chief draftsman, John H. Howe has hit the market for $599,000. I believe this is the Dr. F. Bruce Lewis Residence, but I'll rely on PrairieMod readers to confirm this for me. Check out the listing and multiple photos here.
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Fast Company features a new info graphic from Pop Chart Lab that showcases "90 eminent edifices erected and perfected throughout history." Arranged by height, the infographic lines up some of the greatest works envisioned and built by man since prehistory, all in faux blueprint form. Check out more here and order your copy here.
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Architectural Digest reports that the Guggenheim decided to celebrate the 55th anniversary of their iconic spiraling museum in a truly Modern way by inviting a bunch of architecture-loving Instagrammers to photograph the empty museum yesterday morning before the building opened to the public. Check out AD's favorites here and the rest at #emptyguggenheim (or here).
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The Kewannee, IL Star Courier reports that after running a September 6, 2014 article on the Philip B. Welch-designed boat house at Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, additional historic material related to the commission has been located at the Kewanee Historical Society. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the New York Times that features architect Frank Gehry's big moment in Paris, with a pair of events that celebrate his work: The Louis Vuitton Foundation, a new contemporary-art museum designed by Gehry officially opened on Monday and at the same time, the Pompidou Center features his first European career retrospective. Read more about it here.
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