Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff in Buffalo, NY will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Mysteries at the Castle,” which is supposed to air on the Travel Channel this Friday at 9pm. According to this article, the episode's segment "will focus on Wright’s time in Japan, where he lived and worked immediately before designing the estate, and highlight the elements of Japanese design in Graycliff." More info here.
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Spring is finally here, and that means that the architectural tour season is right around the corner. The two I always look forward to every year are the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's Wright Plus Housewalk and Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin's Wright & Like tour.
Both of this year's tours look exceptional, with several exciting works by Wright open for touring including the Coonley House, Balch House, Pew House, Jacobs 1 and 2 Houses, and more. Wright Plus is on May 16, 2015 and Wright & Like will take place on June 6, 2015. Check out both links above to get additional info and find out how to get your tickets before they sell out!
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The Buffalo News reports that the founders of the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum (and home of the newly-constructed Wright-designed filling station) in downtown Buffalo, NY have acquired adjacent property and have plans to expand the museum to 300,000 square feet, making it largest auto-related museum in the world. Read more about it here.
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The response to the upcoming Wright Society Virtual Summit on March 25-26, 2015 has been remarkable! Over a thousand people have registered for the event and anticipation is building to watch the special guest expert interviews discussing Frank Lloyd Wright's early work and inspirations. As a special treat, Summit host Bryan Kelly prepared a sneak peek clip from of his recent interview with Tim Samuelson. More after the jump...
The Lakeland Florida Ledger reports on the restoration work currently underway on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College. Albany, NY architect, Jeff Baker, is heading up the restoration project which is targeted to be completed by June 30, 2015. Read more about it here.
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Today is St. Patrick's Day and across the world, countries are lighting up their landmarks in emerald green light in honor of the Irish holiday. Read and see more here.
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Jack L. sends word that Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL will be closing its doors to tours as of May 30, 2015 and the congregation will be moving out the end of June. This is all in preparation for the building's complete restoration. If people have not visited this iconic work of Modern Architecture then get going and see it by the end of May or you'll have to wait until the restoration is complete in September of 2016. Tour info here.
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Crain's Chicago Business reports that the current owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed J. Kibben Ingalls House in River Forest, IL, after owning and caring for their lovely home since 1977, will soon be listing the house for sale with Jameson Sotheby's International agent Pamela Tilton with an asking price of $1.325 million. Read and see more here.
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In addition to seeing the glass work of Larry and nine other participating artists, there will be a stained glass exhibition, a demonstration of the mysterious angel gilding technique (2pm), a panel discussion with Rolf Achilles, Emily Carlson, and myself (3 pm), and screenings of Emily’s Pecha-Kucha presentation and Particles, a film of stained glass wonder featuring Larry and some of his work (4 pm).
If you're in the area, stop by and enjoy this unique artistic experience—just look for the stained glass sculpture on the sidewalk in front of the address!
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Author George H. Marcus will be in Springfield, IL at the Springfield Public Library on Wednesday, April 15 – 6:30 to 7:30 pm to discuss his new book, Total Design: Architecture and Interiors of Iconic Modern Houses, and specifically Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana House as complete work of art.More after the jump...
Tonight will be an important moment in the effort to save the Keck and Keck-designed William Blair House in Lake Bluff, IL. Lisa DiChiera of Landmarks Illinois sends info about the meeting and what you can do to make your opinion heard in the effort to save this work of Chicago Modernism. More after the jump...
The New York Times reports that architect William N. Breger recently passed away at the age of 92. One of Breger's more memorable designs was for a vaguely Guggenheim Museum-esque grocery store envisioned for the Daitch-Shopwell chain (now Food Emporium) in 1959. Read more about his life and work here.
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The Arizona Republic reports that efforts are underway to raise $16.2 million for improvements to the 50-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. Among the list of things to fix, the top two include the restrooms and the sound system. Read more here.
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No, it's not Barry Bonds' house that's for sale--it's a pretty cool earth-berm, passive solar residence in Pagosa Springs, CO that was built in the shape of the "*" symbol and it can be yours for $896,000. Check out tons of photos here and more on the house's design and construction here.
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CSPnet.com reports that the McKinney-Lindholm family, which owns the Cloquet, MN-based Best Oil company, will be selling its 20 Little Store gas stations and convenience stores to TravelCenters of America. However, the family will retain the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station and ownership of 15 acres of land where the Wright-designed home know as "Mantyla" stands. Read more here.
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A BBC documentary from 1984 was recently posted on YouTube by AA School Architecture titled, "We Don't Like Your House Either: The Architecture of Bruce Goff." It features the architect discussing his work, along with filmed footage of lost works like Shin'enKan and The Bavinger house. Watch it here.
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Michael Bridgeman sends word that "Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin" is finished and has recently aired on Wisconsin Public Television. Two of the houses in the program are from 1939: the Moderne-style Brooks Stevens house and Frank Lloyd Wright's Wingspread near Racine. They're the last two homes visited in the one-hour program. The other four houses are from about 1850 to 1915. Watch the program online here.
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There was a lot of buzz over the move of the John S. Van Bergen-designed James B. Irving House yesterday from its staging area in a local Whole Foods parking lot to its new home in Evanston, IL. Read and watch some video of the slow trek here.
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While Iraq is currently in the news for the cultural war crimes being inflicted upon it by ISIS, Curbed National reflects on a time in the late 1950s when Iraq had dreams of Modernism and engaged the iconic architects of the era to re-imagine the "Cradle of Civilization." Of course Frank Lloyd Wright's Plan for Greater Baghdad takes center stage--one can only imagine how different history might have been if these visions of Modernism might have been built. Read and see more here.
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Arizona State University has launched its new Biomimicry Center that will teach students to identify, study and design products based on innovations found all around us in the natural world. As stated in this article "the center will focus on three main areas: sustainability, additive manufacturing (helping people make their own, sustainable materials) and molecules (chemical and other designs that can be derived from nature).) Read more here and check out the program here.
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We're getting closer to the launch of The Wright Society Virtual Summit on March 25-26, 2015 and you will not want to miss it!
The FREE event will feature 5 guest experts including Pauline Saliga, Executive Director for the Society of Architectural Historians. This first summit, Starting Wright, will explore Frank Lloyd Wright's early roots and Pauline will address how much design influence Wright had in the Charnley-Persky House (1892) — plus how his work there compares to other Chicago homes like the Winslow House (1893). More info and register for the event here.
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Chris Enck wanted to let PrairieMod know that after much waiting, the John Van Bergen-designed James B. Irving House will finally be moved to the final site this Thursday March 5, 2015 (weather permitting). The house is scheduled to leave the Whole Foods parking lot at Isabella and Green Bay Road at 6:00am and should be through the Central Street business district by about 7:00am. For the remainder of the route the mover anticipates traveling about 1 MPH to the final destination at Crawford Avenue and Old Glenview Road. The City of Evanston put together and a web link with info about the move that you can check out here. Thanks Chris--we'll be excited to see photos of the move and the home being placed in its new home.
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Mark H. sends a link to a story on the Chicago Tribune's website announcing that the 110-story Willis Tower (or "Sears Tower" as it will always actually be referred to in Chicago) is for sale and already has a likely (though unnamed) buyer. More info and a photo slide show here.
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Richard L. Kronick sends some information about the upcoming sale of the Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie-designed Paul Mueller Studio in Minneapolis, MN. Read more info after the jump...
Reine Hauser sends other news on the Kids/Architecture front: Three 7th grade boys recently baked and decorated a cake in the shape of their favorite home town work of architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff. Plan a visit to Graycliff and see if you agree that it takes the cake!
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FastCoDesign.com highlights the beautiful silkscreen prints of artist Chris Turnham, which feature some of the most important works of California Architectural Modernism (including Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House). The works are currently on view and for sale at the Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles. Read more here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that approximately 100 children recently participated in a recent special LEGO event put on by the Glencoe Historical Society as part of the 100th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ravine Bluffs Development. Adam Reed Tucker taught the gaggle of kids to build a replica of the Wright-designed waiting station, which the Society is hoping to raise enough funds to rebuild. Read more about it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Restoration Resource Center, an extensive archive of resources for the conservation, restoration and preservation of historic buildings, opens March 12, 2015 and is a service available to all Trust members. More after the jump...
We hope you enjoyed this week-long series of LEGO fun. If you have some cool Wright/LEGO creations you want to share, send them to us and we'll be sure to feature.
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The Los Angeles Times confirms that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Storer Residence (1923) recently set the record for a Wright house sale price at $6.8 million. Read more here.
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Hyperallergic.com recently posted an article exploring Frank Lloyd Wright's experiments with the spiraling ramp feature at the V.C. Morris Gift Shop and how it lead to its use at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Read it here.
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Michael Bridgeman informs us that Tuesday night the Madison, Wisconsin city council approved a zoning change will allow the hotel proposed for the Robie Lamp House block to exceed established height limits. The result is that more shadow will be cast on the Lamp House and its context will be further degraded. The vote was 13 to 7 in favor of the zoning change.
In the meantime, a working group has started research toward creating a small historic district that would include the Lamp House, a recommendation in the special report of the Lamp House block committee adopted by the council last year. We'll continue to keep readers informed of this long-running preservation challenge.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that Glencoe Park District commissioners voted unanimously to start formal discussions with the Glencoe Historical Society on developing a park space and re-constructing a Wright-designed rail station along the Green Bay Trail. Read more about it here.
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Every Friday evening in April, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present April After Hours at Robie House, a festive, casual gathering with live music and refreshments. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence will be open 5-8 p.m. beginning April 3, and continuing April 10, 17 and 24. Robie House is located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. More after the jump...
LEGOs are having a good week, thanks to the Oscars. Shining the spotlight on Wright-related LEGO creations, here's a link to some photos by Mark Hertzberg of a LEGO model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson Research Tower built by Chris Eyerly of Kenosha. It's on display in Fortaleza Hall on the SC Johnson campus in Racine, WI. See more at wrightinracine.com.
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Dr. William Allin Storrer sends word that the new single-volume version of Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic America is now available. According the Dr. Storrer: "A few major improvements, lots of minor ones. Some plans resized. Where two appear for comparison, I’ve tried often to make them to the same scale, for instance. Since the printer won’t use hard surface paper, there is a limit to what I can do to the color photos, but a number are improved." More info here.
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