The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Executive Director Retires

The Chicago-based Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy announces the retirement of its Executive Director, Ron Scherubel.

A resident of Evanston, Illinois, Scherubel has served in that capacity for the past eight years – a period of significant growth and financial stability for the organization.

Scherubel joined the Conservancy in 2001 after a 32-year career in law, having retired as Group Vice President and General Counsel of the Sara Lee Foods Division of Sara Lee Corporation. His business and legal skills have helped grow the Conservancy into an internationally recognized force in the preservation and protection of the built works of America’s most noted architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Scherubel will remain in office until his replacement is hired. This search is currently underway.

“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.

During his tenure, the Conservancy has been successful in saving several Wright buildings from certain demolition or serious deterioration. It has also found new and sensitive owners for dozens of Wright homes, and provided restoration and conservation advice to many Wright building owners. In 2008, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Conservancy successfully nominated ten Wright-designed buildings to the U.S. Tentative List for future inscription on the United Nations’ prestigious World
Heritage List.

“The Conservancy is deeply grateful to Ron for eight years of dedicated service to our organization,” said Jane King Hession, President of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors. “His legal acumen, negotiation skills and perseverance contributed to positive outcomes for several Wright properties that might otherwise have been lost or severely compromised.”

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is an international not-for-profit historic preservation organization. Its mission is to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the remaining structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through education, advocacy, preservation easements and technical services.

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