2014: A Year of Anniversaries in the Wright Community

There are plenty of anniversary celebrations being held in the Wright community this year. As the Conservancy gears up to kick off its 25th anniversary with the full announcement of programming at our fall conference in Phoenix (Oct. 29-Nov. 2 at the Arizona Biltmore) later this week, and Wright sites nationwide honoring Wright's 147th birthday over the weekend, we also wanted to call out the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, which is in the middle of a yearlong celebration of the site so integral to Wright's work and career.

The Studio balcony was opened for the first time in April, and on July 17 residents of Oak Park and River Forest and their guests are invited to attend free tours at the Home and Studio as well as special displays on the evenings of July 17-19. And on June 17, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which manages the Home and Studio and Robie House, and tours at Unity Temple and the newly opened Emil Bach House, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its incorporation as a nonprofit organization.

The Marin County Civic Center recently turned the big 5-0, the Gordon House is celebrating 50 years of Wright in Oregon, and the Broadacre City Model, which just wrapped up a display at MoMA's Wright exhibit, is 80 this year.

In his essay in our upcoming issue of SaveWright magazine, architecture critic Blair Kamin took us to task for working in a silo. Certainly more collaboration is desirable, but the Conservancy does have lots of interaction with many of our fellow Wright organizations, and recently co-sponsored with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundationmeeting of directors of all Wright sites that are open to the public with the generous support of the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. So happy anniversary to all our colleagues who are celebrating a big year!

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