Conference Registration for Mason City (Oct. 10-14) Now Available
Registration and a full conference brochure is now available for this year's conference, "Frank Lloyd Wright and Midwest Modern." Online registration will be available shortly.
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Saved: The James Irving Temporary Residence (1920)
If it were not for fast detective work by designer and PrairieMod blog author Eric O’Malley, this article may have been about the destruction of two architecturally significant structures in Wilmette, Illinois. Instead, through the actions of a network of preservationists and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the James Irving Temporary Residence (1920), a small cottage designed in Wright’s studio by Rudolf Schindler, and the adjacent James Irving Residence designed John Van Bergen in 1928, both received reprieves. O’Malley and the Conservancy’s advocacy co-chair John Thorpe led the charge. The cause attracted attention not only from PrairieMod, and local papers but also the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer-prize winning architecture critic Blair Kamin.
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Out and About Wright: Prairie Architecture in the Illinois Heartland
President Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly the most famous resident of Springfield, Illinois, but Frank Lloyd Wright also called Springfield home for a brief time when he was working for Susan Lawrence Dana. Although the Dana Thomas House (1902-1904), its 400+ pieces of art glass and many original furnishings are Frank Lloyd Wright’s best known work in Springfield, he also designed the Lawrence Memorial Library (1905) at the nearby Lawrence School, named for Susan’s father who had been president of the Springfield school board. After his work in Springfield, Wright returned to central Illinois several years later to work on the Edward Irving House (1909) with Marion Mahony, his longest serving employee and wife of Walter Burley Griffin. The Irving House is in Millikin Place, a grouping of several prairie houses in the city of Decatur. Mahony also designed the adjacent Robert Mueller House (1909-1911) and Adolph Mueller House (1910).
posted on Apr. 6, 2012 >> learn more     
Jewel in the Woods
The Jewel in the Woods chronicles the history and architectural importance of this pinnacle structure, Seth Peterson's desire to own his own Frank Lloyd Wright home, and the endless dedication of the Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy to save this beautiful, and once forgotten, building.

Peterson commissioned Wright to design a small home in the late 1950's on Mirror Lake, Wisconsin. The design was for an 880 square foot cottage but experts speculate that it contains more pure Wright design per square footage than any other Wright building. The design, true to Wright's mission, borrows from the natural landscape, and brings that surrounding into the structure with tall, frameless corner windows and local sandstone, and overlooks serene Mirror Lake.

posted on Mar. 24, 2012 >> learn more     
World Heritage 40th Anniversary
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, spoke with a select group of Chicago architects, architectural historians and preservationists during her recent visit to the US. Restoration architect and Conservancy board member Gunny Harboe and Conservancy executive director Janet Halstead were part of a roundtable discussion with Bokova hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation on March 17. Harboe is also Vice President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage.
posted on Mar. 21, 2012 >> learn more     
Taliesin West Turns 75: Sat. March 17, 2012
Taliesin West is turning 75 and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has designed a custom all-day event to showcase Wright's winter home and studio. In addition to a private behind-the-scenes tour of Taliesin West in the afternoon, participants will also be treated to a professionally guided tour of the Biltmore Hotel; access to the Harold Price, Sr., House (Wright, 1954) in Paradise Valley, Arizona; and an after-hours event at the Phoenix Art Museum with a reception and viewing of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century.

posted on Jan. 12, 2012 >> learn more     
The Laurent House Goes Public
The story of the Kenneth Laurent House (1948-1949) in Rockford, Illinois, will have a new chapter shortly. It appears that the house will become an overnight stay, a house museum, or possibly a combination of the two under the ownership of a newly formed not-for-profit organization. At a recent auction, the Laurent House Foundation won the house according to the Rockford Register Star, “for the minimum bid of $480,000 plus a 20 percent buyer’s premium.” The house is unique among Wright’s designs in that it was built specifically as a wheelchair accessible residence. Ken Laurent had recently finished his Navy World War II service when a spinal tumor rendered him a paraplegic. He was recuperating from treatment in a Veterans’ hospital when Wright took the commission.
posted on Dec. 20, 2011 >> learn more     
Lights, Camera, Wright
You have toured the houses and read the books—soon you may be able to watch a Hollywood feature film chronicling Frank Lloyd Wright's life during the early phase of his prolific career. The Conservancy focuses on Wright's buildings rather than the persona, but the stories behind the architect's building, his life and those of his clients make for fascinating background. Ken Burns' documentary (1998) Frank Lloyd Wright and the documentary Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan (2005) have explored Wright's life and work, but this new film promises a dramatic telling of his personal life and career during approximately 1904-1914. The Conservancy was contacted by the initiator of this film project who hopes to start filming next summer. Details are still pending but Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy and Tender Mercies are among his credits) is lined up to direct what may be the next Wright blockbuster.
posted on Dec. 6, 2011 >> learn more     
Make a Special Gift!
Wright’s buildings constitute an unparalleled contribution to world architecture and to the cultural richness of our world. Revenue from membership fees and special events does not entirely cover our operating costs and activities. Your special year-end gift to the Conservancy now helps ensure that this remarkable contribution will endure.

>>Make a year-end donation now
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Thank you Philadelphia, Next Stops: Auldbrass Plantation; Springfield, Illinois; Mason City, Iowa
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped plan, volunteered for or attended our recent conference in Philadelphia. In all, close to 250 were involved in the morning panels, special events and architectural tours, highlighted by four Frank Lloyd Wright buildings: the magnificent Beth Sholom Synagogue (1953-1959); multiple spaces in the Suntop Homes (1938-1939), a four-unit Usonian design intended to provide a nationwide model for entry-level cluster housing; Sweeton House (1950) in nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and the rarely seen Spencer House (1956).
posted on Oct. 7, 2011 >> learn more     
Wright Spirit Award Recipients Announced
Four recipients representing the private, professional, public domain and special honors categories have been selected by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to receive Wright Spirit Awards. The awards will be presented on Saturday, September 24, during the Conservancy’s 2011 conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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On July 13, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s group nomination of 11 Wright-designed properties will be the next U.S. nomination recommended for inclusion in the World Heritage List. The list, maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), recognizes the most significant cultural and natural treasures worldwide. Previously, the group Wright nomination was one of 14 sites on the United States World Heritage Tentative List, which identifies those properties that the U.S. intends to nominate sometime during 2009 to 2019.
posted on Aug. 17, 2011 >> learn more     
Ennis House Has New Steward
The Ennis House Foundation recently announced that the Ennis House (1923) has been sold to business executive Ron Burkle.
posted on Jul. 20, 2011 >> learn more     
Destination Detroit
Saturday, August 13, 2011

Join the Conservancy for a Usonian trilogy in the Motor City featuring the Affleck, Smith and Turkel Houses; three houses with similar plans but dramatically different relationships to the surrounding environment.
posted on Jul. 19, 2011 >> learn more     
Frank Lloyd Wright Artifacts to be Displayed at SC Johnson
SC Johnson and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation recently announced a long-term loan agreement for the company to display a collection of artifacts highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence on families and the home. Beginning in spring 2012, SC Johnson will exhibit a collection of Wright’s objects and memorabilia including drawings, models, furniture, fixtures, photos, personal effects and more. The exhibit will be open to the public, free of charge and will be housed in Fortaleza Hall on SC Johnson’s global headquarters campus in Racine, Wisconsin.
posted on Jul. 15, 2011 >> learn more     
Nominated for election to the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
posted on Jul. 1, 2011 >> learn more     
Frank Lloyd Wright and the East Coast: 2011 Annual Conference
Pre- and Post-Conference Sold Out, Limited Spaces Left for Benefit


With its rich history in progressive American architecture and design, Philadelphia provides a splendid vantage point to explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in relation to that of his east coast contemporaries and students during this year's annual conference, September 21-25, 2011.
posted on May. 18, 2011 >> learn more     
Conservancy helps Wisconsin Historical Society Obtain Rare Photographic Proofs of Taliesin
With the Conservancy's help, the Wisconsin Historical Society has acquired a set of 25 rare historic photographic proofs of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin home and studio near Spring Green, following a whirlwind fundraising effort that raised the money needed to buy the photos from a Portage, Wis., antiques dealer. A total of 28 donors from coast to coast contributed to the effort.
posted on Mar. 16, 2011 >> learn more     
Price Tower Hosts World Heritage Weekend
Price Tower Arts Center is hosting a weekend of events to celebrate its inclusion on the United States World Heritage Tentative List. The nominations of historic natural and cultural properties by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be considered for World Heritage Site status.The current listing includes over 900 properties that are considered the planet’s greatest treasures. The World Heritage Weekend in Bartlesville is set for April 15th and 16th.
posted on Mar. 16, 2011 >> learn more     
World Heritage Update
World Heritage was chosen as the topic for the first issue of the Conservancy’s new member magazine, SaveWright, because of the importance of this activity for the Conservancy’s education efforts and for the recognition of Wright’s work on the national and international stage.
posted on Feb. 22, 2011 >> learn more     
Celebrating Taliesin's Centennial
*Update* Wright Weekend in Wisconsin has been sold out. Please email preservation@savewright.org to get on the waiting list.

Taliesin is turning 100 and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is celebrating with an exclusive two-day package to see Taliesin like never before. The weekend opens with a private, after-hours viewing of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century in the Calatrava-designed entry wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum on Friday, May 13, followed by a full-day excursion to Taliesin on Saturday, May 14, guided and interpreted by Taliesin’s preservation principals, Sidney Robinson and Keiran Murphy.

Wright in Milwaukee will open the Burnham St. American-System Built Homes for the Conservancy on Friday, May 13 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. to coincide with our Wright Weekend in Wisconsin.
posted on Feb. 3, 2011 >> learn more     
Hollyhock House, World Heritage and Hollywood
Saturday, February 26:
Los Angeles, California

Just one day before the Academy Awards, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will roll out the (Cherokee) red carpet for a Hollywood-style event in the City of Angels.
posted on Jan. 14, 2011 >> learn more     
Registration Now Open for Out and About Wright: Wright and Mid-Century Modernism in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

COME TO CLEVELAND: On Saturday, April 9, Out and About Wright participants will have the opportunity to visit not one, not even three, but five Wright-designed private residences in Northeast Ohio.
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2010 Conference Photos
Many thanks to everyone who made this year's conference such a huge success!

Whether you were able to attend or not, we look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia from September 21-25, 2011.
posted on Nov. 4, 2010 >> learn more     
Wright Public Sites
Did you know that every year there are over 1.1 million people who visit a Wright public site? When you add the visitors to the Guggenheim Museum, that number comes close to 2.5 million.

With over 40 public sites across the country, why wait until the next Conservancy conference to plan a visit.
posted on Sep. 29, 2010 >> learn more     
Ennis House Update
After working with the LA Conservancy and National Trust for Historic Preservation to save the Ennis House from total deterioration in 2005, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is helping to look for a preservation-minded buyer to purchase the Ennis House.
posted on Jul. 21, 2010 >> learn more     
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Offers Fellowships for Conference Attendees
Fellowships of $300-$400 are available for the Cincinnati conference, September 22-26, 2010.
posted on Jun. 9, 2010 >> learn more     
Prarie Mod Interview with FLWBC Executive Director Janet Halstead
Eric O'Malley, co-founder and contributor to PrairieMod, recently spoke with FLWBC Executive Director Janet Halstead about Wright, preservation and the UNESCO World Heritage List.
posted on Apr. 2, 2010 >> learn more     
Wright in the Bay Area: Two California Events Added
What does the Marin County Civic Center have in common with the Taj Mahal? Find out on Saturday, June 5 as Lynda Waggoner, director of Fallingwater and FLWBC board member, discusses the UNESCO World Heritage List nomination process.

Also on June 5, join the Conservancy for a benefit dinner at the rarely opened Walker House, Wright's jewel by the Pacific.
posted on Apr. 2, 2010 >> learn more     
2010 Annual Conference: Modifying Wright’s Buildings and Their Sites: Additions, Subtractions, Adjacencies
This year, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s annual conference will investigate the significant changes that have been made to Wright’s buildings or their contexts by Wright and others. Concerned with issues of architectural integrity and interpretation, Wright homeowners, public site administrators, architects, scholars and preservationists will discuss recent developments, such as the completion of the Toshiko Mori-designed Pavillion at the Darwin Martin House and addition to the Guggenheim Museum, while looking to the future of other Wright structures.
posted on Mar. 31, 2010 >> learn more     
posted by Tom Wadlow on Feb. 18, 2010 >> learn more     
Join Us for Out and About Wright
Please join the Conservancy as we celebrate the arrival of spring in this cosmopolitan, culture-filled city. Our first Out and About Wright event of 2010 will begin at the Minneapolis Hotel, in the dynamic downtown, just off a light rail connection to the airport. Lucky participants will venture around town and into suburban lake-side settings as they visit sensational works of mid-century architecture, touring inside and out, thanks to the graciousness of their respective owners. Most of these houses are seldom open to the public, so this is an opportunity not to be missed!
posted by Tom Wadlow on Feb. 11, 2010 >> learn more     
A Special Night at Auldbrass Plantation
Experience a private tour, concert and dinner at Frank Lloyd Wright’s incomparable Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, South Carolina on Saturday, March 27, 2010.
Nestled in the lowlands just outside of Beaufort, South Carolina is a hidden treasure, a plantation unique to the South. Auldbrass Plantation is an extraordinary example of historic preservation and is very rarely open to the public. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has received permission to make the property available for this special event.
posted by Tom Wadlow on Feb. 3, 2010 >> learn more     
Endangered Ravine Bluffs House to be Restored and Go Green
There is excellent news about the endangered Ross House in Glencoe. This house had been on the Conservancy’s informal watch list for some time and in September was placed on the Landmarks Illinois Watch List for 2009-2010. It was reported in November that there was a purchase offer from preservation-minded owners and now that is confirmed. The firm of Eifler and Associates of Chicago has been retained as restoration architect by the new owner of the house. Plans call for the “greening” of the Ross House in addition to its restoration. John Eifler is a past Board member of the Conservancy.
posted by Tom Wadlow on Jan. 8, 2010 >> learn more     
Photo Gallery from the 2009 Conference in Buffalo, New York
The 2009
Conference, Wright in the Drafting Room: Drawings for the Built and Unbuilt, provided many opportunities for scholarly and practical exchange, tours of special Wright spaces, and lots of socializing. The Conservancy celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Gala Dinner at the close of the conference. See selected conference photos here and make your plans now to attend the 2010 Conference in Cincinnati on September 22-26.
posted by Tom Wadlow on Jan. 4, 2010 >> learn more     
We Did Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Though my friends expressed skepticism that Buffalo, New York, really was a worthy destination for the Conservancy’s 2009 conference, I knew better. And Buffalo delivered. Or rather, the myriad residents of that city who selflessly volunteered their time and effort delivered. Big time. The Buffalo conference will go down in memory as one of the finest in the 20-year history of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Find more pictures here.
posted by Tom Wadlow on Jan. 4, 2010 >> learn more     
2009 Wright Spirt Awards Honor Stewards of Frank Lloyd Wright's Legacy
The Wright Spirit Awards, the highest accolades given by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary efforts in the stewardship of Wright buildings or the furtherance of Wright’s legacy, were presented at the Conservancy’s annual conference in Buffalo, New York, October 10, 2009.
posted by Tom Wadlow on Dec. 2, 2009 >> learn more     
Out and About Wright goes to Riverside Illinois
The Avery and Queene Coonley Estate has been called an American palazzo. Wright’s unification of house and garden took another breathtaking step in this 1907 masterpiece. Rarely is there an opportunity to visit the original Coonley Estate, now divided into four separate private residences, in its entirety and including interior spaces -- all in the same day. The Conservancy has arranged this special access for a limited number of visitors on December 5. The tour will also include the William Drummond designed Thorncroft, adjacent to the Coonley Estate. Registration deadline is November 30.
posted by Tom Wadlow on Nov. 4, 2009 >> learn more     
Style 1900: Postcards from Buffalo
Style 1900 Magazine featured Buffalo in its Traveler section. Eve Kahn wrote a brilliant piece on the area and all there is to see in Postcards from Buffalo, but are you ready for the real thing? The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is pleased to announce that Buffalo, New York will be the site of the 2009 Annual Conference, from October 7 – 11.
posted by Christine Gloriosa on Aug. 5, 2009 >> learn more     
Conservancy Welcomes New Executive Director
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is pleased to welcome Janet Halstead as its new Executive Director. Halstead, who joined the Conservancy on July 15, 2009, brings a wealth expertise to the organization including non-profit leadership, program development, fiscal management and major gifts and fundraising experience.
posted by Christine Gloriosa on Jul. 21, 2009 >> learn more     
2009 Annual Conference: Buffalo, NY
posted by Christine Gloriosa on Jul. 20, 2009 >> learn more     
Out and About Wright: New York
Join the Conservancy on June 20th in New York for a lecture at the Guggenheim. Then continue on a day of touring privately owned and rarely open Wright-designed homes in the picturesque Wright-planned community of Usonia. Take an intimate tour of homes such as the Reisley Residence (1951), the Serlin Residence (1949). Then enjoy a special evening of touring and dinner at the Hoffman Residence (1955).
posted by Christine Gloriosa on May. 1, 2009 >> learn more     
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Executive Director Retires
“My time with the Conservancy has been the most satisfying and meaningful phase of my career,” Scherubel said. “It is encouraging to know that there are so many good people dedicated to the preservation of this important architecture. My commitment to the vital work of the Conservancy will long survive my term as Executive Director.”
posted by Jane King Hession on Apr. 2, 2009 >> learn more     
Out and About Wright: Kansas City Tour
Time is running out! Join the Conservancy board members on April 18 as they tour Kansas City architecture and enjoy an exclusive dinner and tour of the Wright-designed Clarence Sondern Residence (1939). Register today; space is limited, only a few seats left!

posted by Christine Gloriosa on Feb. 12, 2009 >> learn more     
2009 Annual Conference: Call for Papers
The 2009 Annual Conference of The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy seeks papers and discussions of Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy of designs with particular attention to the employment of Wright’s drawings in the understanding and interpretation of his work and use of the archive in relation to the disposition of Wright’s unbuilt designs.

posted by Christine Gloriosa on Jan. 16, 2009 >> learn more     
Hollyhock House
at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park
or at Wright’s Robie House in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
posted by Adam Ross on Jan. 14, 2009 >> learn more     
T.C. Boyle's 'THE WOMEN' Book Signing
Join The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and Unity Temple as they co-sponsor a signing of T.C. Boyle's 'THE WOMEN' on Monday, February 16, 2009 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

posted by Christine Gloriosa on Dec. 16, 2008 >> learn more     
Out and About Wright: Guy C. Smith House
Join us on December 13th at our annual Holiday Party to benefit The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy! This year we will gather at the Guy C. Smith Residence (1917), an American System Built Home in the historic Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. Each guest will receive a holiday ornament featuring the Guy C. Smith Residence, our gift to you! Start your collection now.
posted by Christine Gloriosa on Nov. 18, 2008 >> learn more     
Out and About Wright: Cooke House
Join the Conservancy on our second stop in the Out and About Wright 2008 Series! November 15, 2008 at the Andrew B. & Maude Cooke House (1953) in Virginia Beach. Great conversation, tapas and a private tour!
posted on Sep. 26, 2008 >> learn more     
The Park Inn Rehabilitation
Wright on the Park announces a $7,500,000 Vision Iowa grant it received from the Iowa Department of Economic Development for work on Wright's Park Inn and City National Bank in Mason City. The Vision Iowa grant is double-edged: while providing a great financial boost, it carries a 180-day deadline. Counting from the day after the grant announcement (March 12), a match of $4,300,000 must be raised for this grant.
posted by Bob McCoy on Mar. 28, 2008 >> learn more     
New Hope for Charnley Cottage
Thanks to the ceaseless efforts of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, there is reason to hope that the Charnley Cottage in Ocean Springs, Mississippi may have a new life. In August, 2005, this historic property was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. As reported in the Conservancy's Bulletin and on SaveWright.Org there was a very real likelihood that the surviving structure would be torn down by FEMA if a buyer willing to undertake restoration could not be immediately found.
posted by Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy on Mar. 12, 2008 >> learn more     
Wright Buildings Selected for World Heritage Tentative List
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy successfully nominated ten Wright-designed properties for inclusion on the United States World Heritage Tentative List.

posted by FLWBC on Feb. 1, 2008 >> learn more     
Restoration of the Guggenheim Museum
The results of a comprehensive two-year assessment of the Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum (1959) were announced and the $29 million dollar restoration of this New York City landmark is well underway.
posted by Guggenheim Museum on Dec. 7, 2007 >> learn more     
Action-packed 2007 Conference a Success!
Lectures, panel discussions, tours and evening events kept 2007 conference attendees busy during the Conservancy’s annual conference, held October 10-14 in Northbrook, Illinois. “Frank Lloyd Wright: From Private to Public” explored issues unique to the buildings Wright designed to be private homes, public spaces, and those that have been converted from a private to a publicly accessible venue.
posted by FLBC on Nov. 2, 2007 >> learn more     
Roof Rehabilitation Project
Designed in 1941 and built in 1951, the Richardson House is a rare example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses based on a hexagon unit module. An oasis in the middle of a suburban landscape of Glen Ridge, NJ, the house was constructed of red brick, cypress wood, red concrete mat and glass.
posted on Oct. 23, 2007 >> learn more     
2007 Conference of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
The conference will examine issues unique to the buildings Wright designed to be private homes, public spaces, and those that have been converted from a private to a publicly accessible venue. Excellent examples of Wright's domestic architecture in north-suburban Chicago and Riverside, including the magnificently restored Coonley Estate, will be visited. The keynote address will be presented in one of Wright's most stunning spaces at Unity Temple in Oak Park. Register online or get the brochure.
posted on Aug. 3, 2007 >> learn more     
Duncan House Resurrected
The Duncan House, an Erdman prefabricated building which the Conservancy saved from destruction in 2002 has been rebuilt near Fallingwater.

Wright designed three types of pre-fabricated houses for the Marshall Erdman Company. The Duncan House is one of nine of one type which was constructed. It is L-shaped with bedroom and carport wings. The wings meet at a large masonry fireplace core with the living room on one side and the kitchen and dining space on the other. A striking element of the design is the decorative horizontal battens which run the length of the facade.
posted by Thomas M. Schmidt on Jul. 17, 2007 >> learn more     
Welcome to the new Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Website!
With an average of 35,000 visits per day, the Conservancy's website serves as the primary public face of the organization. Thanks to a generous in-kind donation from board member Steve Sikora, Lynette Erickson-Sikora and the staff at their Minneapolis, Minnesota-based design firm, Design Guys, the Conservancy has completely reworked and refreshed the content and functions of the site. You will notice that the site has been rebuilt from the ground up to capitalize on current web technologies.
posted by Steve Sikora on May. 9, 2007 >> learn more     
2007 Conference Call for Papers
Approximately 500 of Wright's designs were built during his long career, some 380 of which are still standing in North America and Japan. Three hundred and fifteen of these, or 83 percent, were originally private single-family residences, and only 17 percent of the extant original works were designed as public buildings for institutional, commercial, religious or multiple-family use. Within the last 40 years, 46 private single-family homes, large and small, have been converted to historic house museums, making public buildings now almost 30 percent of Wright's extant work.
posted on Mar. 5, 2007 >> learn more     
Experience Auldbrass Plantation
Auldbrass Plantation is an extraordinary example of historic preservation and is very rarely open to the public. The Conservancy has just received permission to make the property available to its members for a private tour and exclusive dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2007.
posted on Mar. 4, 2007 >> learn more     
The Dorothy Turkel House Has SOLD
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is pleased to announce that the Dorothy Turkel House (1955) was sold in June to long time Detroiters Norman Silk and Dale Morgan. Messrs. Silk and Morgan, owners of BLOSSOMS, an upscale florist in Birmingham, Michigan, plan to restore this important residence to its former glory. Silk and Morgan have retained the architectural services of Lawrence R. Brink, a Taliesin Fellow and FLWBC Board member. Mr. Brink was assigned to the original building project while an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s.
posted on Mar. 2, 2007 >> learn more     
2006 Conference September 13-17, 2006
The 2006 conference considers the complex relationship of craft and industry in Wright's art. Set in Southeast Michigan, it positions Wright between Cranbrook, the artistic community devoted to modern crafts, and Henry Ford's factories, birthplace of automobility and the assembly line. The host hotel is the Westin Southfield Detroit. Tours will include visits to the Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Okemos, Midland and Ann Arbor areas.
posted on Feb. 8, 2007 >> learn more     
Urgent Help is Needed to Rescue These Sullivan/Wright Cottages From The Dumpster! FEMA To Bulldoze Them By Year-End If Buyer Is Nott Found!
Time is running out for these historic beach front cottages in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Designed by what is widely considered to have been the collaborative efforts of Louis Sullivan and his then chief draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright in 1890, these cottages have withstood hurricanes, fires and a succession of owners for 115 years. It took the ravages of Hurricane Katrina to bring the four remaining of the several original structures to their knees. Some stables and other outbuildings had previously been demolished. The "paradise, the poem of spring, Louis' other self," as Sullivan referred to his gulf coast getaway of nearly 20 years, was totally blown to bits by the storm surge that came ashore in the early morning hours of August 29, 2005.
posted on Feb. 8, 2007 >> learn more     
The Restoration of the Avery Coonley House
The 1907 Avery Coonley House in Riverside, Illinois and the 1909 Frederick Robie House in Chicago are widely considered the "terminal masterpieces" of Wright's Oak Park period. Following acquisition of the northern portion of the Coonley House in May 2000, the Eastman's restoration goal has been to restore the house and grounds to the period of the Coonley's residence around 1911. The restoration is about 95% complete and, in common with many Wright houses, is never finished. Dean Eastman's abstract described the restoration process and was accompanied with historical and current slides of the public spaces, service wing, and associated grounds.
posted by Dean Eastman on Feb. 8, 2007 >> learn more     
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