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). Other architectural tours included the 1728 Quaker farmstead Antonin and Noemi Raymond renovated to establish a school of architecture based on Wright's Taliesin Fellowship, the studios of master woodworker George Nakashima, who had worked for the Raymonds and received several commissions to design furniture for Frank Lloyd Wright Houses, and several houses in the Bryn Gweled Homesteads where many of the houses were designed by two early Taliesin Fellows, Robert F. Bishop and Paul Beidler, based on Wright’s Usonian experiments.

The conference also included the presentation of the Wright Spirit Awards, the highest honor given by the Conservancy. Introduced in 1991, the Wright Spirit Award recognizes the efforts of extraordinary individuals and organizations that have preserved the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright through their tireless dedication
and persistent efforts. This year’s recipients included Jim Phaneuf and Jean Hoffman for their stewardship and ongoing restoration of the 1940 Wright-designed Baird House in Amherst, Massachusetts (private category); Tom Kubala and Allen Washatko of Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. for their very sensitive and elegant LEED Gold-rated addition to Wright’s 1947 Unitarian Meeting House in Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin (professional category); the Allen-Lambe House Foundation for the restoration and increased accessibility of the 1917 Wright-designed Allen-Lambe House in Wichita, Kansas (public domain category); and PrairieMod for their extensive media coverage and sensitive handling of Wright preservation and advocacy issues (special honors category).

If you have not already completed one, please DOWNLOAD A CONFERENCE SURVEY. You may submit the survey anonymously by fax (312.663.5505) or hard copy (53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1120 / Chicago, Illinois 60604).You may also also submit the survey by email.

SAVE THE DATE for next year's exciting events:

Tour and Dinner: Auldbrass Plantation, Yemassee, South Carolina

Saturday, April 28. 2012
Out and About Wright: Springfield, Illinois
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Annual Conference: Mason City, Iowa
October 10-14, 2012

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