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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If you were in Grand Rapids, MI over the weekend and took part in the 2014 Parade of Homes, then you likely got a look at a 101-year-old Harry F. Robinson-designed home as part of the event. As this article details, the 1913 house was originally built for Adolf Brandt and has been through a lot of remodeling. Read and see more about this little known Prairie School residence here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that George Lucas has laid out a vision for his new museum, and its design will be bold, iconic, envelope-pushing...and the architecture will be Organic. Referring to Organic Architecture as "...the wave of the future", the new Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago's lakefront promises to be something important--perhaps a rival for New York's Guggenheim? That will remain to be seen. Read more here.
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Margo will be talking about how Nature and Japanese culture inspired and shaped Mr. Wright's redefinition of space and will sign copies of her new book, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rooms: Interiors and Decorative Arts (Rizzoli). More Information at left or by following the link.
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Curbed Chicago points out that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Isidore Heller House, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, will soon hit the milestone of being on the market 1000 days. While its not uncommon for Wright homes to linger on the market, this is a particularly long time for a house of this stature. Of course, being the most expensive Chicagoland Wright home on the market at $2.425 million might not be helping it either. More here.
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Sarah K. reminds us that this weekend, October 18-19, 2014, you can explore Chicago’s hidden gems from Rogers Park to Pullman and everything in between. Tour Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, repurposed mansions, stunning skyscrapers, vacant theaters, exclusive private clubs and more. The Chicago Architecture Foundation presents the fourth-annual Open House Chicago, a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. More details here.
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Zachary M. sends a link to a curbed.com post that maps 10 gorgeous MCM houses in America's Heartland, including Herb Greene's astonishing "Prairie Chicken" house. Read it here.
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Eric S. sends a link to an unbelievable MCM home designed by architect Ralph Fournier for developer Burton Duenke that is perched on an old growth forest bluff 90' above the Missouri River in Chesterfield, MO. For a cool $2 million it could be yours. See the listing here and a ton more photos here.
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Colin Edward Slais is an architect and a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and in preparation of the 2014 FLWBC Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on October 29th-November 2nd, he wrote a blog post about what he's learned from Frank Lloyd Wright. Read it here.
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Fair Oak Workshops is offering a absolutely beautiful limited edition 2015 calendar created by Yoshiko Yamamoto of the Arts & Crafts Press. The calendar features the floral images adapted from Yoshiko's linoleum block print designs and is printed on sumptuous 100% cotton cardstock Crane's Lettra, an ideal paper for printing with crisp deep impressions. Only 1,000 copies were printed using a 1951 Heidelberg Letterpress at Yoshiko's studio in Port Orchard Washington. The 5.5" x 5.5" compact desktop calendar design comes furnished with a beautiful oak stand made by Dard Hunter Studios. Don't miss out on ordering yours today--once they are gone, they are gone! Order here.
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The Ocean Springs Museum of History and the staff at Bon Silene (Charnley-Norwood House) invite the public to the second talk in a Saturday Series of short talks, photos, and refreshments with Ligia Romer at Bon Silene. Bon Silene is the historic 1890 house designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright at 509 Shearwater Drive (East Beach) in Ocean Springs. The second talk will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. "Period vs. Progress" looks at the typical residential architecture of the 1890s and what was so avant garde about this house for the time. Learn more about the Charnley-Norwood House here.
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PrairieMod reader, George J. sends a link to an article on nevadabusiness.com announcing that Dickson Realty has been chosen as the exclusive listing broker for The Residence Club at Nakoma (based on a 1923 Frank Lloyd Wright design), a golf resort community near Graeagle, California in Plumas County. Read more here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to an article in Architectural Record about the new exhibit highlighting Antoni Gaudi's masterwork, the Sagrada Familia at the City University of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Read it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Manson House in Wausau, WI as been for sale for quite some time. However, the price has dropped to the point where it is one of the most affordable Wright works out there. At $189,900 this work of Usonian architectural art can be yours. See the listing here.
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There was lots of excitement and picture taking in Wilmette yesterday--it's not everyday that people see a Prairie School building cut into three pieces and moved to a nearby town! But that's what happened to the John S. Van Bergen James Irving Residence, which was saved from demolition by moving it to nearby Evanston. Read the various news coverage of the event here, here, and here, and see more photos at Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog.
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After 16 years, the ArchiTech Gallery (the bricks and mortar version in Chicago's art gallery district) will close at the end of December, 2014. Till then, the Burnham, Sullivan and Wright exhibition is still on the walls till November 29, 2014. This is a sad day for those of us that love being able to see architectural art up close and in the wonderfully salon-like setting that is(was) the ArchiTech Gallery. If you have not made a trip to go visit the Chicago gallery, then get there before it closes this winter!
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Landmarks Illinois and the city of Evanston send word that on Friday, October 10, work will begin to relocate the historic John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving House to Evanston, IL from its current location at 1318 Isabella Rd. in Wilmette, IL. The house will be temporarily stored in the parking lot of the future Whole Foods location at Isabella St. and Green Bay Rd. until the new site in Evanston is ready. Read more after the jump...
The blog, Spoon & Tomago, puts the spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's chief draftsman on the Imperial Hotel project and loyal Japanese associate, architect Arata Endo. Read more about his life and work here.
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Larry Z. sends a link to an October luncheon event at the Center for Life and Learning in Chicago, which will feature the story and life of CLL Director Ashley Elskus' grandfather, Albinas Elskus. Son Albin Elskus will discuss the life and career of this renowned artist with a career that spanned fifty years that produced many works of stained glass found in churches and other institutions throughout the United States and Europe.
The event is Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM. $10 for CLL and Fourth Church members and $15 for guest registrants. Register online here.
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DNAinfo Chicago reports that one month after torrential rains flooded the Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, over $20,000 in generous donations and grant money has also poured in to help pay for the repair and restoration costs. Read more here and help the cause by donating on-line here.
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Michael B. reports that plans for a for a 10-story hotel near the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Lamp House in Madison have been on indefinite hold following Plan Commission rejection of the developer's latest proposal in September. Shadows cast on the Lamp House were on in a list of concerns raised by city officials. For more, see a Wisconsin State Journal report here and a second article from Isthmus newspaper here.
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Mike C. sends a link to an article on the efforts of Dorri Steinhoff and Joseph Kuspan, who have purchased and are in the process of restoring the Gunning House (1939) in Columbus, OH. The home, as stated in this article, was a collective design by "Tony Smith, 28, a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice who in the 1950s and ’60s became a world-renowned sculptor; Laurence Cuneo, 19, who became the art director on the I Love Lucy television show; and Theodore van Fossen, also 19, who went on to design 48 Wrightian homes in Worthington’s Rush Creek Village." Read and see a video here.
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Sidney R. sends info on a unique music and architecture event at Bruce Goff’s historic Ford House in Aurora, IL. On Saturday, November 8, 2014, Third Coast Percussion will perform their own musical arrangements of architect Bruce Goff’s player piano compositions while Luftwerk will create a dynamic lighting installation responding to the house and the music.
Ticket cost includes live performance and installation, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live performance and a shuttle from Third Coast Percussion’s rehearsal studio in Chicago. All proceeds go to support Third Coast Percussion’s education, performance and commissioning activities. Get more info and your tickets here.
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Curbed reports that the Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel-Navarro House, owned by several celebrities and ping-ponging on and off the market over the last few years has once again been listed for $3.995 million. See more here.
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Okay, maybe the title of this post is a bit hyperbolic. But according to this blog post, an environment based on pattern and connected to the natural world through views and materials is a healthy environment that promotes happiness and healthiness. Read more about it here.
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I came across an article about some proposed development near the Bradford Estates community in Pittsburgh and it made mention that the community of about 70 homes has several designed by Don Owens, who is said to have studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. I did a little more digging on the web and came up with this link to a house by Owens. Any PrairieMod readers have info to share on Mr. Owens? It would be even better to see his homes in Bradford Estates, if anyone has photos.
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Nelson B. sends a link to a house for sale that looks like it was transported right out of Fred Flintstone's town of Bedrock. The 1966 curvy stone home in Park Ridge, Illinois is said to be designed by architect Ballisimo, but I'm coming up blank on who that might be. If any PrairieMod readers know, please let us know. See more info here.
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The Art Newspaper reports that the Guggenheim Museum is looking to expand into “one efficient, multi-use building” with a “dynamic public-programming component” in New York to house its staff and collection. This "Collection Center," as they are calling it, is still in the research stage and it remains to be seen if they will look to outfit a pre-existing structure or have a totally new one designed and built. More here.
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Head's Up Frank Lloyd Wright fans in Madison, WI! Don't miss the talk "Edith Wharton and Frank Lloyd Wright: Reshaping the American Interior" by Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, tomorrow evening, October 2, 2014. It is free and open to the public on the UW Madison campus. More details here.
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If you're looking for a fantastically unique architectural experience this weekend, then don't miss the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern" house walk on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10am - 2pm. You be able to tour five MCM home interiors, plus Pleasant Home! Get more details and tickets here.
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Glencoe, Illinois recently launched a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ravine Bluffs Development. 2015 will see plenty of events, the publication of a book, a house walk next September, and the desire to possibly rebuild the lost Frank Lloyd Wright-designed waiting station for the North Shore Electric Line that once stood at the corner of Maple Hill Road and Old Green Bay Road. Read more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy recently highlighted the news that the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy received 501c3 status and is now seeking donations towards the building's restoration.
To contribute to the restoration effort, contact the ADGWC at P.O. Box 436 Richland Center, WI 53581. Make checks payable to The A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy. For more information call (608) 604-5034, or email ADGWC president Lon Arbegust firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here and at the ADGWC Facebook page.
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KJZZ.org reports that after the steady and building backlash from the public, students, and alumni over the handling of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's loss of accredidation (and long-term viability) by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Board of Directors has had a "change of heart." As stated in the KJZZ article:
"All 17 members of the foundation's board of trustees voted in favor of working toward independently incorporating the school, which is currently a division of the foundation. This move would mean the school could continue offering a master's degree program beyond 2017, because as an independent entity it would be in compliance with new accreditation rules set in 2012 by the Higher Learning Commission, the agency that accredits the Wright school and other colleges and universities."
This is heartening news and shows that the sides are finally listening to each other. Hopefully this will be the start of rebuilding trust and ensure that the education of future Organic Architects will continue. Read and listen to more here.
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