The Phoenix Business Journal reports that as the owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed David and Gladys Wright House prepares for restoration and property expansion plans, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio is just as prepared to oppose the plans in the Phoenix City Council and block a permit request for events. Read more about the ongoing battle here.
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The current issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design is back from the printer and is now available to order!
Volume 3 : Number 2 focuses on Frank Lloyd Wright's American System-Built Houses with 40 pages of vintage and contemporary photographs, images of rare brochures, advertisements, and lithographs, and an essay by architect and author, Randolph C. Henning.
If you're a subscriber, your issue is in the mail and will arrive soon. If you've not subscribed yet (or need to renew your subscription) then what are you waiting for??? Place your orders here. But act fast before the first batch is spoken for and you'll have to go on the wait list for a copy!
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The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that interior designers Dana Thomas and Scott Borcherding, of Bergland + Cram, will share photos and details of their design decisions while working on the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Historic Park Inn Hotel. The lecture is the inaugural event titled "Wright After Work" and takes place from 5-6:30 pm Thursday August 20, 2015 at the Wright On The Park gift shop, 17 S. Federal Ave in Mason City, IA. Read more here.
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In researching the origins of why Frank Lloyd Wright chose the name "Penwern" for the Fred B. Jones estate on Delavan Lake, WI, Mark Hertzberg recently spoke with Georgia Lloyd Jones Snoke, Wright's first cousin, twice-removed. She revealed her perspective on why that name would have carried importance to Wright and why he may have chosen it for the project. The story is posted at both Wright in Racine and Penwern.com.
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Curbed.com recently featured the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hillside Home School in Spring Green, WI as part of its "21 First Drafts" series exploring early works by architectural icons. Read and see more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum House, built in 1940 and Alabama's only Wright home, turns 75 years old on August 15, 2015. The Usonian home is now a museum and can be publicly toured. Read more about the house here and plan your trip here.
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Playwright and director Tom Lazarus's new play, "The Princes of Kings Road" presented by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, debuted September 12, 2015 for a four-week run at the Neutra Institute and Museum of Silverlake. The subject of the play is the fateful 1953 hospital room reunion of one-time friends and collaborators turned bitter rivals, architects R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra. Find out more about it here.
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Curbed.com reports that The David and Gladys Wright House Foundation has released plans for the complete restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. The non-profit plans to begin restoration of the property, with the long-term goal of opening the home, along with a museum café, bookstore and garden pavilion, to the public for tours, educational programs and cultural events. Read more here.
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The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that "Richard Bock: Master of the Human Form" opens Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum's Center Space Gallery. This exhibition brings treasures from the Richard Bock Museum in Greenville, IL, to Mason City, IA and tells the story of this Prairie School-era artist and Wright associate. Read more about it here.
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The Ledger reports that renovations on the interior of Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL are nearly complete. The extensive and sensitive restoration will bring this important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chapel (located on his equally important campus of other Wright-designed buildings) back to its former glory. Read more about it here.
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Speaking of Russel Wright, YTC Summit International, Inc. has worked with the Russel Wright Design Center to faithfully reproduce 3 of Wright's “Circus Animals.” These will be introduced at Russel Wright’s Manitoga residence in Garrison, NY over Labor Day weekend. Learn more about the circus animals after the jump...
The Vision of One—The Power of Two: Champions of Millions opens in The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center to honor three late residents of Garrison, NY, whose work had a profound impact on the world of craft and design during the 20th century. Two of those residents included in the exhibit are Mid-century Modern icons, Russel and Mary Wright. Read more after the jump...
Taliesin Apprentice, John H. Howe, is not only the subject of a new book and exhibit at the University of Minnesota and the subject of a new documentary that you should support, but three of the homes he designed will also will be featured on the 2015 Edina Historical Society’s Historic House Tour on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Check out more info and how to get tickets here.
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Arkansas Business recently featured Scott Eccleston, Crystal Bridges Museum director of grounds and facilities, who discusses the nearly complete reassembly of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House from New Jersey to the Arkansas museum campus. Read more here.
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Scott Pendelton sends word that an important Bruce Goff work will be rehabilitated if the Tulsa City Council and voters approve funding. The 1929 Riverside Studio (today the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre) was one of Goff’s earliest designs. It opened just seven months before the Black Friday stock market crash that ushered in the Depression and eventually led to foreclosure on the original owner. The building was then empty or leased for almost a decade, during which time essential maintenance was neglected. Subsequent owners of limited means have attempted to keep the building functional, but now a total rehab is needed. No one alive today experienced the building in its original glory, thus it has always been more of a sad curiosity than a point of pride. Except for the impact of the Great Depression, this building would surely be THE iconic image associated with Tulsa. The structure is quite sound. Full rehabilitation is possible. But for that to happen the current owners, the non-profit Tulsa Spotlighters, Inc. must convince Tulsa that the building is a valuable cultural asset of interest to potential visitors, and that Bruce Goff remains relevant. For more information and to find out how you can support the effort, please visit www.spotlighttheatre.org.
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The Society of Architectural Historians, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will present an expanded tour program of its National Historic Landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, during the Biennial. Guided tours of the house will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. between October 7 and December 23. All tours are open to the public. More info after the jump...
Over at Curbed National, Alexandra Lange posits the question "can architecture bring a city back?" by looking at Buffalo, NY as a case study. Her in-depth review of the architectural hits and misses taking place in America's eighth largest city adds weight to the argument that it can make a big difference. Read it here.
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Tricia S. sends us a link Interesting article in The Des Moines Register about the rehabilitation of the MCM American Republic Insurance Co. building. Read it here.
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The Journal Times reports that the owners of the Edgar Tafel designed Carl Albert House in Wind Point, WI near Racine must pay more than $2,000, plus a larger per-day fine, and finish restoration work before the village will grant an occupancy permit. This has been a bitter multi-year conflict between the town, neighbors, and the owners that has ended up in court numerous times. Hopefully the work will be finished soon and this work of architecture can have a less dramatic life. Read more here.
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Archinect.com reports that the effort to raise $2 million by the end of 2015 to help prop-up the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as an independent organization. The Foundation set a $1 million goal to be reached by the end of August 2015, and is now half way there – but must raise the remaining funds by August 25 in order to continue fundraising as planned. Read more about the current situation here.
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PBS's American Masters series and Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES team up for the first time to explore the life and work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero in a documentary airing September 5, 2015. In addition to being the personal photographer for Frank Lloyd Wright, Guerrero had a long and illustrious career working with artists like Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. Find out more info and watch a video preview here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports on the the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's new "Wright in the Region" tour series that starts August 18, 2015, which will feature short jaunts to Midwest Wright sites, including ones in Kankakee, IL; Rockford, IL; and Racine, WI. Read more about it here and get tour info and tickets here.
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The Huffington Post recently reviewed the new book by author Tom Alphin called The LEGO Architect which strives to explore and explain the built world through the ubiquitous plastic brick. The most important thing someone can build after reading the book is an appreciation for the importance of architecture. Read more here.
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The Orlando Sentinel reports that Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast, Tim Totten, has been presenting his knowledge and passion for the Architect's work to audiences across Florida and in Southern states. He will chronicle Wright's work in Florida at a 6:30 pm presentation on Wednesday August 5, 2015 at the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, FL. Read more here.
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The Chicago Tribune recently featured a bevvy of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties for sale in the Chicago-land region, along with the people who have purchased and lived in these works of art. One interesting factoid in the article: "In total, more than one out of every five Chicago-area Wright homes has sold or been up for sale since the start of 2014." Read more here.
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The next issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design is at the printer and is expected to start shipping August 2015.
Volume 3 : Number 2 focuses on the American System-Built Houses project (ASBH), also known sometimes as Wright’s American Ready-Cut method of building. Frank Lloyd Wright’s interest in the challenge of providing low to moderate-cost quality housing was prevalent throughout his entire seventy-five year career. A collaboration of client and architect, the idea of a predetermined mass customization of elements with a menu of options presented Wright an opportunity to explore the idea of housing on a larger, broad based democratic scale.
As a tease, you can see some sample spreads of this upcoming issue after the jump...
Michael D. sends a link to a blog post by Wall Street Journal arts critic and Wright enthusiast, Terry Teachout, about his traveling around Wisconsin to see many of the Wright sites. Read it here.
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News reached me from the Chicago Art Deco Society (CADS) that, despite meetings with the developer, the City, and neighbors, and building a coalition with other preservation groups supporting these efforts, the demolition permit for 159 West Burton Place in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood was granted.
If 159 were demolished, not only would the "story" of the "handmade home" be disrupted, but damage could also result to the historic Edgar Miller windows and artwork in the adjacent Carl Street Studios and Andrew Rebori home. Read more about this troubling development here and be sure to sign the petition to let the powers that be know you oppose this senseless destruction.
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The San Diego Source reports that architect Robert Mosher passed away last weekend at the age of 94. Mosher and his business partner, Roy Drew, designed more than 100 residences in San Diego County, and the Art Center in La Jolla that later became known as the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. Read more about his life and work here.
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The Hyde Park Herald reports that restoration work at Frank Lloyd Wright's Blossom House in Chicago has seemingly come to a halt and the visible state of the home looks more distressing than ever before. While efforts had be underway to restore the important early Wright work, nothing is know at this point why the construction fencing has been removed and the home left in such a tenuous state. Hopefully more info will be forthcoming and work can continue so the home is protected before winter hits. Read more here.
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I was recently asked to design a t-shirt for the good people over in Mason City, IA that depicts Frank Lloyd Wright's Stockman House in a stylized graphic approach. I was happy to oblige and the resulting two color shirt turned out really great! Get yours by visiting the Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, IA or by contacting them here.
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This past week Buffalo, New York hosted the national Pierce Arrow Motor Car Society for their 58th annual meeting. With 58 classic automobiles represented they descended upon the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin D. Martin house, Graycliff, Blue Sky Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery, The Buffalo Transportation Museum, and the Roycroft Inn. The automobiles were extremely fitting at Graycliff, which was built in the era of many of these models. Patrick J. Mahoney was kind enough to send some of his fantastic photos from the event showing these amazing cars at these equally amazing works of architecture. See them all after the jump...
The Chicago Art Deco Society recently announced the next speaker in their Leading Scholar Series. On August 5th, Lisa Schrenk will give a talk examining the role of the Century of Progress International Exposition in relation to the development of Art Deco in Chicago. Her focus will be on the Fair's main architecture and sculptural programs. Get more info and sign up for the event here.
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Barb C. sends word that the former Shepherd Methodist Church, designed by Charles Stade is again for sale. It's located at 2000 W Sibley, Park Ridge, IL It is an elegant structure, both inside and out. It was sold in 2014 with plans to demolish and subdivide the land. Luckily that didn't happen, so here's someone's chance to buy it, save it, and find a way to re-purpose the modern building. See the listing here.
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The Buffalo News reports that one of the most stunning fireplaces Frank Lloyd Wright ever created for one of his commissions—the four-sided glass mosaic fireplace for the Darwin D. Martin House—will be fully restored, thanks to the expert work of Evanston, IL glass artist, Chris Botti. Read more about this remarkable restoration project here.
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If you ever wonder why people put so much energy into caring for and trying to save works of architecture, this article helps underscore that reason: A visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana House in Springfield, IL was all it took to influence the life path of a young boy to grow up and become an architect wanting to build things to make the world better. Architecture matters because it inspires. Read more here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that hope and patience have run thin for the promised restoration of the 2006 fire-damaged Pilgrim Baptist Church by Adler and Sullivan in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. A lack of funds, the eyesore nature of the ruin, and unresponsiveness from the congregation is raising tempers in the neighborhood. If restoration is not an option, preservationists suggest a park incorporating what remains be developed as a testament to the once proud building. Read the article here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the organization behind the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial has released its first official video trailer to get people pumped up in advance of the conference that will officially kick off on October 3, 2015 and last through January 3, 2016. See more here.
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Curbed National shines the spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate in Buffalo, NY and the extensive restoration to the home and landscape that has made it a must see destination for architecture fans. It's especially great to see the historic photos in the article. Read and see it all here.
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