Word comes to me via Tim Q. and John C. that there will be a book signing and an exhibition closing party for the new Jack H. Howe book, John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design, on September 9, 2015. More info on the book here.
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Globegazette.com reports that the subject of the next Lunch ‘n Learn at the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, IA will be "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Style of Architecture." It will be presented at 11:30 am on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Nancy and Chuck Sweetman. Find out more info here.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports that Phil Gordon, former Phoenix Mayor, is suggesting that the two sides of the contentious battle over the plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed David and Gladys Wright House use a third party mediator to find a solution forward. Read more about it here.
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Since yesterday's posting of the list of surviving original Frank Lloyd Wright clients, PrairieMod readers did what they do best: they do the necessary research to see if all the info is correct. Well, it turns out that John Clouse, Paul Ringstrom, and Janet Halstead of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy did more digging and we now have a revised list of surviving clients. See the full list after the jump...
With the passing of Dr. Christian over the weekend, the number of original Frank Lloyd Wright clients who originally built homes has shrunk to nine. That list includes:
• Gerte Shavin (Chattanooga, TN, 1950)
• Roland Reisley (Pleasantville, NY, 1951)
• Karen Johnson (Racine, WI, 1954)
• Virginia Lovness (Stillwater, MN, 1955)*
• Bette Pappas (St. Louis, MO, 1955)
• Betty Jane Iber (Stevens Point, WI, 1957)
• Mary Walton (Modesto, CA, 1957)
• Paul Olfelt (St. Louis Park, MN, 1958)
• Socrates Zaferiou (Blauvelt, NY, 1961)*
*No longer living in home
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Len Fernandes sends info on a Prairie Style home for sale in Plumas County, California. The 2202 square foot tri-level home was built in 2002 and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and panoramic mountain views. The home was designed by Robert G. Bell, who is said to be a protegee of Alden Dow and Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out the listing with additional photos here and contact listing agent Leah West 530-836-1234 for more info. If anyone knows more about the architect, please let us know!
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Mark Hertzberg recently spoke to Sean Malone about his time, experiences, and announced departure as CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The retrospective, posted on Mark's weblog, Wright in Racine, is in three parts: A photo history of Sean during his tenure; An April 2012 profile of him, written as he began his stewardship of the Foundation; and highlights of their recent conversation on July 13, 2015. Read and see it all here.
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We learn this morning of the passing of original Frank Lloyd Wright client and owner of SAMARA, John E. Christian, 98, who died peacefully at his home in West Lafayette, Indiana on July 12, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine E. Christian, and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Tom Davis, of Houston Texas. A private family service will be held in Storm Lake, Iowa. Gifts in his memory in support of the preservation of his historic home may be sent to Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed H. Howard Hyde House (1916) in the Beverly Neighborhood of Chicago is up for sale for $749,900. The home is one of Wright's American System-Built House designs and a rare example in the city itself. Read and see more here and see the listing here.
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Wisconsin Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful, Scott Walker, vetoed 104 items from the state budget, including "...a plan that would have created a Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail that showed drivers on Wisconsin highways how to get to landmarks the famed architect designed. Along with it, he removed a $500,000 grant that would have been used to promote the trail."
It's a shame a plan to bring more tourism (and tourism dollars) to the state could not survive the machinations of petty politics. Read more here.
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We recently received notice from several Old Town neighborhood residents and the Chicago Art Deco Society (CADS) that a building on the historic block of Burton Place is slated for demolition on July 15, 2015. The building is at 159 W. Burton Place and was recently sold to a developer. A demolition permit has been applied for to build a large and intrusive new structure. Since the current home is immediately adjacent to the Carl Street Studios designed by Edgar Miller, Sol Kogen, and Jesus Torres, its demolition would cause irreparable damage to the historically important surrounding structures. Learn more after the jump...
Mark Hertzberg recently shared some of his photos of how sunlight through the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hardy House art glass windows creates remarkable shadow designs on the home's interiors. Check them out at the Wright in Racine weblog.
Photos copyright Mark Hertzberg
Tickets are now on sale for a special housewalk on September 20, 2015 to celebrate the centennial of Frank Lloyd Wright's Ravine Bluffs development in Glencoe, IL. As stated on the website, The Glencoe Historical Society hosts "a curated tour of Ravine Bluffs, view the interiors of four of the Wright-designed Glencoe homes and be the first to see a special exhibit on Wright in Glencoe that includes new research and never-before-seen photographs and drawings." If all of that sounds too good to miss, then get your tickets here.
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The Phoenix Business Journal reports that four former Phoenix mayors—Paul Johnson, Phil Gordon, Skip Rimsza and Terry Goddard—have all voiced their support for tours and programs at the David & Gladys Wright House. Now if they could just convince the neighbors...Read more about it here.
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The Journal Times reports that Wisconsin State legislators are getting ready to vote on a new budget that would allocate $500,000 for a Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail, which would connect a string of Wright-designed buildings for tourists to travel to see from the Illinois border, through Racine, Milwaukee, Madison, and onto Spring Green, WI to see Taliesin. Read more about it here and here.
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Johnathan McMahon recently contacted us with information and some scans of printed materials about his grandparents former house, the Keck + Keck designed Fagan House (1948) in Lake Forest, IL. Jonathan's grandparents owned the home from 1981 to 2007 and he has many fond memories of growing up there. Unfortunately, the home faces the possibility of being lost. Find out more after the jump...
The Chicago Tribune reports that the western suburb of Chicago, Elmhurst, will be hosting two separate trolly tours of the exteriors of 10 of their architectural highlights (including works by Wright, Griffin, and Mies van der Rohe) on July 18, 2015. Read more here.
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The Kalo Foundation and the Park Ridge Public Library have collaborated to put up an exhibit of Alfonso Iannelli's Industrial Design for the month of July. Looks like a good prelude to the new book on the subject and special exhibit that will be up this Fall (details to come). More info and photos here.
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Join the Dana-Thomas House Foundation as they host their annual summer gala, "Jazz in Bloom" on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 6-9 pm. The magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright-designed courtyard will be filled with great Jazz music by the Sam Crain Trio as guests enjoy delicious food and beverages and a truly fabulous silent/live auction. The event is $60 per person and includes all food and beverages. Reservations may be made online at dana-thomas.org.
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The Arizona Republic reports that Sean Malone, the CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, has announced he will step down after his two-year contract is up in 2016. Based in Wisconsin, Malone feels the Foundation's CEO needs to be based in Scottsdale, AZ at Taliesin West and he cannot make the move. His tenure was marked with a tripling of annual fundraising dollars, but much more needs to be raised to stabilize both Taliesin sites. The Foundation begins the search for a replacement, which they hope to have by November. Read more here.
Photo credit: Sean Malone and Minerva Montooth at Wright's birthday dinner, Saturday June 6, 2015 at Taliesin, Spring Green. © Mark Hertzberg
Lake Forest College students will be participating in an urban archeological excavation at the Louis Sullivan's (and Frank Lloyd Wright's) Charnley-Persky House in Chicago to see what items from life in the past can be found to illuminate the story of the historic site. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an excellent remembrance on Curbed.com of iconic Palm Springs, CA modern architect, Donald Wexler, who passed away at the age of 89 on June 26, 2015. Follow the link to read more about his life work and see a bevvy of images of his groundbreaking architecture.
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John C. sends a link to an article in Minnesota's Hastings Star Gazette about Abra Hovgaard taking the reigns of stewardship for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fasbender Clinic Building, which her family has owned and maintained for over twenty years. The clinic has since become an office building for the family's Edward Jones financial firm, with some changes involved...but generally, the state of the building is very good. Read more about it here.
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Elisabeth D. sends a link to an article about Grammy-winning musician George Benson re-listing his 1960 house designed by Taliesin apprentice, Eleanor Petterson (one of the first women to be licensed as an architect in New Jersey). Read and see more here.
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This weekend marks America's birthday, so what better way to celebrate the Land of the Free than to check out the homes of the Brave. Clair J. sends word that iMove.com just published an interactive timeline that features 115 Years of American Homes. Readers can view iconic homes from each decade and learn fun facts about period architecture and design, all while driving a car that matches the time period. Check it out here.
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You can probably play "Six Degrees of Separation" with Frank Lloyd Wright or one of his buildings with just about anyone famous. Case in point: The Beatles share a connection to Wright via Yoko Ono, who apparently attended school at Frank Lloyd Wright's Jiyu Gakuen school in Tokyo, Japan. Read more about it here.
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Mimi Zeiger opines in DeZeen Magazine about the return of what she calls "Hippie Architecture" — the Organic, eccentric, often handmade architecture often found in several corners of California, the Pacific Northwest, and other familiar haunts of the long hairs and incense burners. The recent series finale to the popular MCM-era show, Mad Men, is referenced as part of this return of what Mimi considers the duplicity of a counter-culture architecture that ultimately promotes disengagement. I'm not sure I agree with her premise but I know one thing--I'd much rather have a world of Organic, Nature-embracing architecture than what's been predominantly built over the recent decades. Read and see what you think here.
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The LA Times reports on the Getty Foundation recently announced the second round of grants awarded as part of its "Keeping It Modern" conservation initiative. Among the sites that were awarded grants are Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, which received funds for conservation. Read more about it here.
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Sandy Jandegian sends word that the John Randal McDonald-designed 1953 home in Bayside, WI named "Okaumi-Uchi" (which translates to "House of Wolves") created for original client, Adam Wolfe, is on the market for $395,000. Check out more photos and the listing here.
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The design for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki has been chosen, and the winners are a relatively unknown husband and wife team from France. Their winning proposal, called "Art in the City," isn't a single building, but a small group of nine buildings and a lighthouse-like tower which is located by the waterfront in Helsinki's harbor. Read more about it here and here.
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Michael B. sends word that two mid-century houses are for sale on Madison, WI's Plymouth Circle, a post-war neighborhood that includes the work of several architects of note. Among them is a 1958 house designed by William V. Kaeser and the other is a 1957 house by an unidentified architect. Follow the links to learn more.
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