Conservancy Executive Director Janet Halstead To Retire in Spring; Search Underway for New Executive Director

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, which has its headquarters in Chicago, regretfully announces the retirement of Janet Halstead, its Executive Director for the past eight years, effective this spring. The Conservancy is initiating a search for her replacement.

Under Halstead’s leadership, the Conservancy has continued its mission of facilitating the preservation and maintenance of the remaining built structures designed by Wright. She has been instrumental in the Conservancy’s successful efforts to save a number of architecturally significant residences and other structures, including the David and Gladys Wright House, a predecessor in concept to the Guggenheim Museum. She has been active in the Conservancy’s efforts to obtain World Heritage status for select examples of Wright’s work. She has also markedly aided in the successful search to find architecturally sensitive new owners for numerous Wright-designed houses and in the provision of restoration and conservation advice on countless buildings. Throughout her tenure, Halstead has been an exceptionally strong advocate for the Conservancy and its mission and has contributed greatly to the successes that the Conservancy has experienced in that period of time, overseeing both the Conservancy’s growth and its financial stability.

“We are extremely appreciative of Halstead’s dedicated service,” said Edith Payne, President of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors. “Her knowledge of Wright and his architecture, her ability to communicate that knowledge, and her tact and skill in advocating for the preservation of his built work will be hard to replicate. The entire Wright community will be losing a valuable asset upon her retirement.”

“My work with the Conservancy has been a deeply enriching experience,” commented Halstead. “Each advocacy or conservation situation involves exploration and collaboration with individuals and other organizations whose own commitment to preservation and architecture makes that interaction enormously stimulating. In addition, I have met wonderful Wright homeowners and Conservancy members, worked closely with exceptional board members and visited some truly extraordinary buildings during the last eight years. I am very grateful for that.”

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, now in its 28th year, is an internationally recognized nonprofit historic preservation organization. It carries out its mission to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the remaining structures designed by Wright through education, advocacy, preservation easements and technical services.

Download the job description for the Executive Director position. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. Contact Edith Payne at for more information.

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