Curbed Chicago reports that Bruce Goff's remodel of the 1948 Myron Bachman House in Chicago, which listed in August 2014 for $599,000, has finally sold on April 8, 2016 for $408,000. Hopefully the new owner brings this unique work of MCM architecture back to its full glory. Read more here.
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Speaking of the Winslow House, Pamela Tilton of Sotheby's International Realty informs us that the house has just had its asking price adjusted to $1,375,000. Hopefully this will help a steward come forward to purchase and take care of one of America's most important architectural works. Check out the photos and the listing information here.
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Now in the Features section: A special lead-up to its return to the Wright Plus Housewalk after almost four decades, a look at an exciting restoration project at Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission, the William H. Winslow House. Read it here.
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If you'd like to see Frank Lloyd Wright's lovingly restored Muirhead Farmhouse (1951) in Hampshire, IL, then you're in luck! A tour will be taking place from 1-5 pm May 1, 2016. The tour will be hosted by the Central Community School District 301’s Middle School and High School’s Music and Performing Arts program. Entertainment and music will be performed by the Central Middle School and High School Jazz Bands. Others will be selling baked goods. All proceeds will support Central Community School District’s Performing Arts Program. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
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Tickets are now on sale for Wright in Wisconsin's 2016 Wright & Like tour, which celebrates 60 years of Organic Architecture in Racine, Wisconsin. The tour line-up is a stellar one, with lots of Usonian houses and works by Wright to make MCM lovers drool. Check out the list of buildings and get your tickets here.
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Landmarks Illinois released its list of "Most Endangered Historic Places" for 2016 and as usual there are some sites that PrairieMod readers should be particularly interested in saving. The Citizens Saving and Loan Association Building is a unique drum-shaped MCM building by architect Alvin K. Stolze in East Alton, IL that is in imminent danger of being demolished. Walter Burley Griffin's Cornell Store and Flats from 1908 is a rare commercial example of Prairie School architecture and has a questionable future (which may also include demolition). See the entire list here and if you have any ideas or know how to save these endangered buildings, please contact Landmarks Illinois here.
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Phil Bernstein writes a touching editorial for The Charlotte Observer in which he reflects on losing his parents and his childhood home, The Mark and Louis Bernstein House, designed in 1970 by his Taliesin-trained uncle, Lawrence Allen Bernstein. The house was torn down this month after attempts to sell it failed. Read Phil's tribute here; scroll a little more than halfway down to see photos of the home (and the aftermath) here; and learn more about the architect here.
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Curbed shines a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's 1957 unbuilt (but very futuristic) design that was proposed for the Arizona state capitol. Read more about it here.
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Wallpaper.com spotlights the news that the R.M. Schindler-designed Van Dekker House (1939) in Los Angeles, which has been restored to its original glory by its current owner, Frank Gamwell, CEO of PCM, has received the Los Angeles Conservancy's 2016 Preservation Award. Read and see more here.
Photo credit: Frank Gamwell and David Crane
John O. sends a link to an article on CNN.com that explores 12 architectural flights of fancy that never made it off the drawing boards. One of those designs: Frank Lloyd Wright's Mile High "The Illinois" skyscraper (although its design DNA can be found in other stratosphere scraping buildings). Read and see the list here.
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Hyperallergic.com reports that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will be closing and reconfigure its third floor as part of its ongoing plans to renovate and expand its building. Unfortunately, that means eliminating the galleries containing Architecture and Design, Photography, and Drawings. It makes one wonder why the museum of architect Philip Johnson (and the repository of significant Frank Lloyd Wright materials) would decide to remove this type of media from public view. Read more about it here.
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The drama-infused effort to historically "de-list" the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House in Fort Wayne, IN has come to a happy conclusion for preservationists. In a 6-3 vote yesterday, the Fort Wayne City Council voted to keep the historic designation for a home. Read more about it here and here.
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Wisconsin's Driftless Region has become a mecca for foodies, architecture buffs, and cyclists craving a challenge and a hearty dose of scenic beauty. Taliesin Preservation unveils a new ride called Tour du Taliesin inviting cyclists to explore a broad swath of Frank Lloyd Wright territory, starting and ending at his 800-acre Wisconsin River estate, that will offer a challenging ride as well as a memorable gourmet experience. Learn more after the jump...
The Wichita Eagle reports that Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House, which has previously only been open for tours by appointment, will begin the process of expanding their tour accessibility, with the goal of being open for tours every day. Read more and watch a video here.
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Several readers sent a link to an article from The Guardian about the senseless destruction of important works of architecture or cultural significance because of greed, changing tastes, or poor planning. One of the buildings mention in the article is Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Larkin Administration Building, formally of Buffalo, NY. Bufallo has come to their senses and started to save their buildings. Will the rest of the world learn too? Read more here.
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KJRH.com reports that the Oklahoma man who stole a rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chair from the Price Tower (among other important architectural items from other sites) was sentenced to five years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and a total of 17 years probation. Read more about it here.
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The Courier-Journal reports that architectural historian (and OAD Archives co-founder) William Blair Scott, Jr. will be giving a talk about Frank Lloyd Wright's influence on Kentucky during a presentation titled "Frank Lloyd Wright in Kentucky" at 6 p.m. April 19, 2016 at the Taliesin Associated Architects-designed Kaden Tower, formerly known as the Lincoln Income Life Insurance Building, 6100 Dutchmans Lane. The lecture is presented by the Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Read the article here and get your tickets here.
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Curbed.com spotlights the efforts of the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative to rebuild the lost Banff Nation Park Pavilion by Frank Lloyd Wright. The group has been working methodically to convince the Banff City Council to approve the project. Based on recent votes to support fact-finding the initiative, the situation looks promising. Read and see more here.
Illustration by Bill Ross via Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative
Speaking of Richard Nickel, don't miss the next meeting of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's Readers at Robie House book discussion group, where Architect John Vinci and Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson will recall their work with preservationist Richard Nickel on the anniversary of his tragic death. Copies of Richard Nickel’s Chicago and Richard Nickel Dangerous Years will be available at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore for purchase.
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The Chicago Tribune reports on last Sunday's author talk and book signing of the new book, Richard Nickel Dangerous Years which was held at the Kalo Foundation's Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge, IL. The article discusses Richard Cahan's work on publishing the legacy of preservationist and photographer Richard Nickel. Read more here.
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The drama continues around the possible historic designation "de-listing" of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House in Fort Wayne, IN as the City Council on Tuesday passed a “no recommendation” measure out of committee. The council will make a final vote next week at its regular session, so it remains to be seen how this will all shake out. Read more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation shared details of a new initiative beginning this June. Maja and Charles will begin a coast-to-coast summer bicycle ride to help raise funds to support the preservation and infrastructure conservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. The recently released Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West provides new inspiration to help make a difference and to make vital improvements on this historically important property for generations to come. You can be involved in the adventure by following their journey on Facebook as well as their blog. Donating to the cause is easy! Make checks payable to: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and mail to 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85259-2537. Or to contribute by credit card, follow this link. All gifts up to a total of $100,000 will be generously matched by Charles and Maja. Donate early to qualify for the Wessels/Covington match!
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Appelton, Wisconsin architect Curtis L. Biggar recently sent information for a "green" home design he's launching named "Opus Solarus", which is inspired by the work and principles of Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out more info by clicking on the image at left.
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Thomas A. Heinz, AIA sends a note that he recently received a copy of the new book Close-Up View of Froebel's Kindergarten: With Frank Lloyd Wright at the Drawing Table by author Wallace J. Rogers, Ph.D. As Tom states in his message,
"it is 1032 pages long. It is a most wonderful understanding and explanation as well as examples taken from and to Froebel and Wright's work at all levels of detail. Anyone who gets the book will much more fully understand what Wright really got from Froebel and how he used it."
Find out more info and get your copy here.
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Spring is here and that means the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's annual Wright Plus Housewalk is coming soon! I was asked again this year to design the limited edition t-shirt for the event. Of course I was honored to oblige. This year's shirt features one of my graphically abstract architectural illustrations of Frank Lloyd Wright's Winslow House (which lucky housewalk attendees will be able to tour this year). Be sure to get your shirt soon—once they are gone, they are gone! Then you can wear it at the big event on May 21, 2016. Get your tickets here and see you there!
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If you love architecture and history and live near Buffalo, NY, then consider becoming a volunteer or docent at Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff estate. Graycliff Docent Training 2016 begins on Saturday, April 2 and continues every Saturday morning at 9:30 am through May 21, 2016. Volunteers help with the gift shop; the Green Team (which maintains Graycliff’s historic gardens and grounds); special events; tidying our historic buildings; and many other things. If you're interested in helping, please contact Graycliff@verizon.net or 716-947-9217 or follow the link.
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The people of Fort Wayne, IN will have the opportunity to let their voice be heard at a public hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 regarding whether the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House should retain its historic designation or be de-listed per its owner's wishes. Read and watch more here.
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Several PrairieMod readers sent links to the news that Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid died in Miami, FL on Thursday from a sudden heart attack. Hadid's work is known for expressive geometry and liberated forms, which helped launch her fame and lead to her becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for architecture. Read more about her life and work here.
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Mike W. sends a link to a CurbedLA post highlighting the beautiful Mid-century Modern Barr Residence (1960) in Napa, California designed by architect Walter Thomas Brooks. Dubbed "Petal House" for its unique roof, this absolutely stunning Organic gem could be yours for $1.698 million. Check out the article here and the listing here.
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The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article spotlighting the people who choose to live in historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses and what life is like in an architecturally significant home. Read it here.
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Here's a link to a story about the National Register of Historic Places listing of a Usonian-ish home designed for Dr. Jean Chapman in 1962 by the late architect, John L.E. Boardman, who designed or renovated more than 500 houses and buildings in Southeast Missouri. Read more here.
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If you participated in the recent 2016 Wright Society Virtual Summit, you heard the amazing restoration story of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Oscar B. Balch House in Oak Park, IL. Well, if you fell in love with this unique Prairie house, then here's your chance to be its next steward: The home has officially come to the market for $1.25 million. Check out the details and lots more photos here.
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