The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Picturing Wright, the once hard-to-find book of photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero that first was published in 1994 has been republished by Monacelli Press with a foreword by Martin Filler, architecture critic for the New York Review of Books. Read more about it here.
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Mark Hammonds has been undertaking an amazing amount of work to implement the on-line vision of Taliesin apprentice John Geiger in order to inform and engender appreciation for Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy. Recently, Mark reports that John Geiger's web site has been updated with all of his remaining writings; the inventory of his archives is largely up on the web site; and John's database has been completely recovered from the obsolete formats in which it was contained. You can read more detail about the ongoing effort here and then spend time exploring this invaluable resource here.
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Fast Co. Design features the "Who Built That?" children books, written and illustrated by Didier Cornille, professor of design and history at Ecole des Beaux-Arts du Mans in France. The whimsical books are intended to be an accessible and fun way to stimulate a love of architecture in little ones. Read more here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends a link to a story in the New York Times about the efforts to restore the region's wondrous Jazz Age movie palaces. Read more here.
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Great Falls Tribune spotlights Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy in Montana and the three buildings that the architect left as his mark on the state. Read and see more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has put out the call for papers/panel participants and provided a link to the nomination form for the 2015 Wright Spirit Awards for the 2015 FLWBC Annual Conference that will be held in Milwaukee, WI from September 30-October 4, 2015. The theme of this year's conference is "Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Laboratory." Get more details here.
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Sidney Robinson sends a link to a YouTube video of the unique music and architecture event that was held at Bruce Goff’s historic Ford House in Aurora, IL on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Third Coast Percussion performed their own musical arrangements of architect Bruce Goff’s player piano compositions while Luftwerk created a dynamic lighting installation responding to the house and the music. The video doesn't quite substitute for experiencing the event firsthand, but it gives everyone an idea of what an amazing performance it was. Watch it here.
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ArchDaily.com reports on the launch of the new Chicago Architecture Data website, which includes over 10,000 entries, and can be searched based on neighborhood, style, or keyword. Read the article here and then prepare to lose hours today looking through it here.
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The State Journal-Register reports that newly inaugurated Illinois State Governor, Bruce Rauner, used a Bible that had once belonged to Springfield, IL heiress and important Frank Lloyd Wright client, Susan Lawrence Dana, in his swearing in. Read more about it here.
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Now here's a story you don't come across everyday: MLive.com reports that the city of Muskegon, MI purchased an architecturally significant International Style home from foreclosure for $10,000 and then poured $220,000 to stabilize and renovate it (even though many said it should be demolished). Then, instead of selling it to wealthy lawyers or doctors, the city waited until a family of modest means wanted it and sold it to them for $70,000. The new family had trouble securing a loan due to the uniqueness of the property, but they finally found a sympathetic lender and now have their wonderful Mod home. Miracles do happen! Read more here.
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The News Courier reports that visitors in the first quarter of the fiscal year to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama are up 57 percent. Combine this with total revenue up to 93 percent (thanks in part to opening a gift shop and accepting credit cards) and the Rosenbaum House is off to a good start in 2015. Read more here.
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Michael B. sends a link from the Wisconsin State Journal on the news that the developer trying to build a hotel in Madison, WI near the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Lamp House has revived and dramatically changed their proposal for a 10-story, 164-room hotel. It remains to be seen if the proposal meets the guidelines established in the special project report for the Lamp House. Read more here.
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Join the Darwin Martin House on June 6-7, 2015 for an unforgettable travel excursion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Package includes one night’s accommodations at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh, exclusive guided visits to private homes designed by Wright apprentices Cornelia Brierly and Peter Berndtson, a reception with Fallingwater’s Director of Preservation, all tours and gratuities, and transportation via motor coach. This extraordinary architectural experience in the city of Pittsburgh and the nearby Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands is not to be missed. For more information, follow the link or call 716-856-3858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dwell magazine recently feautred Madison, Wisconsin and its connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, Marshall Erdman, and their early MCM prefab work. Mentioned in the article as one of these examples is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rudin residence, based on prefabricated Plan #2 for Marshall Erdman's company. It is one of two homes built as a large, flat-roofed square with a double-height living room accented with a wall of windows. Read more here.
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Here's a link to an article on azcentral.com that provides a closer look at the gigantic LEGO Taliesin West model currently on display at the actual Taliesin West. One look at how excited the children are by anything architecturally-related (as well as how much media attention Taliesin West in any form is going to get) should explain why this plastic brick exercise was worth the effort. Read and see more here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to a piece on Curbed Chicago that showcases a stunning Winnetka, IL home designed and built in 1957 by architect William Ferguson Deknatel. According to Curbed, it's the perfect marriage of Prairie and Modern or "PrairieMod" (with a tip of the hat in the article to us). Read and see more here.
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Curbed LA features the Lloyd Wright-designed De Jonghe residence (1959), which emerges dramatically from its site in the Hollywood Hills. If you have $8,750 a month to spare, you can rent this beauty. More here.
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Former Taliesin Apprentice, John Walter Glass passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at his home in McQueeney, TX at the age of 98. Read more on his life and work here.
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The dailytelegraph.com briefly reports that officials have extended a 12 month heritage order to review the historic significance of the 1962 Peter Muller-designed Hamilton House at 3 Pindari Place in Pittwater Australia. The residence exhibits a strong Prairie School influence and is reported to remain faithful to the original design. Read more here and see more of Muller's work here.
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Sports Car Illustrated reports that the second-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance takes place on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, AZ. As stated in the article, the event will feature 90 cars including "the Pierce-Arrow luxury brand, the 100th anniversary of the Italian design firm Ghia, Ferrari race cars through 1965, and cars once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright". Read more here.
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Herald-Review.com reports that the Marion Mahony-designed Adolph Mueller reisdence (part of Millikin Place in Decatur, IL) has been purchased back by Millikin University for $449,000 and will once again serve as the University president's home. It had been donated to the University in 1993 and served as the president's home for several years, but financial hardships forced the sale of the home in 2003. Hopefully the University can maintain and hold onto the home in perpetuity this time. Read more here.
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Spike TV's new furniture design reality show "Framework" debuts tonight, January 6, 2015, on the cable channel and it sports some interesting Organic architectural connections. One of the contestants, Jory Brigham's great-grandfather was John S. Van Bergen, and one of the judges, Brandon Gore, recently cited being inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and E. Fay Jones in his furniture work. Read more here and here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends word that he has posted photos to Wright in Racine of the celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Charles Montooth at Unity Chapel and Taliesin, which took place on Saturday, January 3, 2015. See and read more here.
Image © Mark Hertzberg/photographs with permission of the Montooth family
John E. finds a link to a John Randal McDonald-designed home in Racine, WI that needs a little TLC, but for $55,000 it's an opportunity to live "PrairieMod" in what would turn out to be an absolute gem...just needs some time, money, and elbow grease. See the listing here.
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Eric S. looks to Scandinavia to find some really interesting architectural work by a Norwegian architect named Helge Hjertholm (some of whose work has intersting Usonian overtones). Check out his website with a bunch of stuff to look at here.
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Chicago-based architecture writer and critic, Lee Bey, to some time recently on WBEZ's
Afternoon Shift" radio program to reflect back on 2014's top architecture stories including the Lucas Museum unveiling (and inevitable fight) and the Trump Tower Signage kerfuffle. Read and hear more here.
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In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Stockman House's move from its original location at 311 First St. S.E. to its current location at 530 First St. N.E., a special DVD has been created that documents the event. The DVD is available for purchase at the gift shop in the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Center, located next to the Stockman House. Plan a visit to Mason City, IA to see the home and purchase the DVD, or contact the the Architectural Center here for more details.
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Mark Hertzberg sends word that architect and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, Charles Montooth, passed away December 31, 2014 in Spring Green, Wisconsin at the age of 94. Read and see more about Charles at Mark's blog, Wright in Racine.
Image caption: Architect Charles Montooth, who designed the original Prairie School building, and subsequent additions to the school, arrives for a meeting Thursday October 16, 2003 at the school to discuss a forthcoming addition to the Field House. © Mark Hertzberg
As 2014 draws to a close, everyone at PrairieMod wanted to thank our readers for another fantastic year. Many memorable stories and events took place (including our coverage of the Annual Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference in Phoenix, AZ which included a visit to Taliesin West) and we're looking forward to bringing you more architecture and design-related news in 2015. Happy New Year!
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Curbed Chicago shines the spotlight on the architect of iconic Wrigley Field (home of the Second City's lovable losers, the Cubs). He apparently was a draftsman with Louis Sullivan working alongside Frank Lloyd Wright before moving on to designing ballparks. Read more here.
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Today is the last day to enjoy a Yuletide Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff, a short drive but a world away from the stresses of the holidays. Visitors can unwind with a leisurely tour, and enjoy Graycliff’s festive holiday décor amidst the magnificent architecture. Free hot mulled cider is served at the conclusion of tours, and Graycliff’s Pavilion gift shop has lots of choices to help out Santa or Hanukkah Harry. Reservations required; please visit the website here, or call 716-947-9217 for more information and specific tour times.
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Artist Larry Zgoda will have an exhibition of works in stained glass and other arts at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge, Illinois. Zgoda has worked in stained glass for over forty years and has distinguished his art with exceptional design, innovations in materials and meticulous craft techniques. This collection of original compositions will include hanging panels and free standing, stained glass sculptures inspired by architecture. This, his first one man show ever, will also feature many photographic representations of his architectural commissions, public arts, furniture, and other craft arts. Get more details here.
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Curbed.com recently featured the true story behind the iconic "butterfly roof" seen on so many Palm Springs houses. Architect William Krisel has frequently been attributed as the originator of the "V" shaped roof design, but as Krisel himself states it was actually Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier who originated the concept. Read more here.
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The Buffalo News reports that James T. Sandoro, founder of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, has been awarded the Lee Iacocca Award for his life's work dedicated to vintage automobiles. Sandoro recently expanded the museum in Buffalo to include a replica of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's automobile filling station designs. Read more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence in "The Acres" (the Wright-designed community in Galesburg near Kalamazoo, MI) has had a slight price drop to $469,900. The home has had an extensive amount of restoration and is waiting for the next steward to come along and continue to polish this gem. More info here.
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