Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House is for sale, for the first time in nearly 50 years
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) has announced that Frank Lloyd Wright’s George Sturges House will be among 75 lots from the estate of the actor and playwright Jack Larson to be auctioned on February 21. [...]
When a house like this became available in 1967, Larson and Bridges were looking for something that exemplified their interests in all things artistic, it was very exciting for them to acquire. It was a trophy. It will be a trophy, probably, for the next owner.
The 1,200 square foot home, located in Brentwood Heights in Brentwood, Los Angeles, was designed and built in 1939, with a budget of $9,000 (adjusted for inflation, that would be roughly $153,671 today). It was the first Usonian house to be built.The bidding is estimated to begin at $2.5 to $... View full entry
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture reaches fundraising goal of $2M, working towards independence from foundation
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has issued a statement that it has reached its 2015 fundraising goal of $2 million – a crucial milestone towards establishing the school's independence from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The goal of becoming an independent subsidiary of the... View full entry
In the Neighborhood of an American Master
As I walked back down Forest Avenue, I realized how revolutionary the Prairie School was for its time. Wright and the architects in his fold built a genre based on their interpretations of how living spaces could evolve. So many elements of Wright’s designs were bold, such as raised floors and roofs that extended significantly from their structures, while also retaining a strong sense of simplicity.
John L Dorman recounts the glories of homes found in Oak Park (a village 10 miles west of the Loop outside of Chicago), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1889 and 1909. An easy way to take in the sights is the “Wright Around Oak Park Tour” ($60), an extensive three-hour guided walking... View full entry
Another Frank Lloyd Wright house is discovered in Madison
[Frank Lloyd] Wright experts announced that the Madison house [that local resident Linda] McQuillen bought for $100,000 has been verified as an American System-Built House, part of Wright's effort to develop and market well-designed homes at a more affordable level — his first effort to reach a broader audience. It's the second such house identified in the past four months, one out of only 16 ever built and 14 still standing...It took years to unearth the evidence about McQuillen's home.
— Times Colonist
You can read about the first American System-Built House here.More about FLW homes on Archinect:How Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman Wilson House was moved from New Jersey to ArkansasFrank Lloyd Wright's "Unity Temple" getting a $23M restorationFrank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy... View full entry
How Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman Wilson House was moved from New Jersey to Arkansas
In Bentonville, Arkansas, a house that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for a New Jersey couple more than 60 years ago has been painstakingly reassembled, board by board and pane by pane, overlooking the clear waters of the Crystal Spring. When it opens to the public next month on the lushly wooded 120-acre campus of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, it will be the first Wright house in Arkansas—a delicately preserved later example of the so-called Usonian homes [...].
Previously on Archinect:Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Usonian' house rises again in ArkansasMuseum buys a Frank Lloyd Wright house with plans to move it from New Jersey to ArkansasArchitect Wants to Relocate New Jersey Frank Lloyd Wright to Italy View full entry
David and Gladys Wright house pursues landmark status
The organization seeking to turn the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix into an educational and cultural center filed for historic landmark protection last week, seeking official status for a 6.1-acre site before following through with plans to open it to the public. [...]
The designation would provide preservationists with a nice ending to the long saga of this spiral residence, which at one point in 2012 was slated for demolition.
More on Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy:With $1.5M to go, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture approaches first fundraising milestone towards independenceFrank Lloyd Wright's "Unity Temple" getting a $23M restoration“New” Frank Lloyd Wright Home FoundFrank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura finally... View full entry
With $1.5M to go, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture approaches first fundraising milestone towards independence
In December of last year, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced that it would try to fundraise $2M by the end of 2015, in order to establish The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as an independent organization. The Foundation set a $1M goal to be reached by the end of August... View full entry
Frank Lloyd Wright's "Unity Temple" getting a $23M restoration
this is the deluxe rehabilitation package, a stark contrast to the mostly emergency work that's been done through the years to keep the building grunting along. [...]
“It's one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest works, and it's a masterpiece of modern architecture ... It's a building that changed a lot of architects' ideas about what architecture could do.”
The $23 million comes from a variety of sources, including part of a $1.75M Getty grant to fix compromised concrete in "Important Modern Buildings", and $200K in federal funds for general repairs. Unity Temple is also one of ten FLW buildings recently nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. View full entry
Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"
"Modern architecture is a defining artistic form of the 20th century at considerable risk, often due to the cutting-edge building materials that characterized the movement." -Deborah Marrow
In news that will surely make Prince Charles sigh with displeasure, the Getty Foundation announced it is awarding $1.75 million of grants to help preserve 14 structures in the modern style, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, Walter Gropius’ residence ‘The Gropius House,’ and... View full entry
Editor's Picks #420
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg presented Curated thoughts from an earlier (Archinect Sessions Episode #24 and #25) conversation with Kevin Roche, "a hero of the long-game". snooker-doodle-dandy noted "I have always liked Kevin and his work. He was one of the people whom drove me to the... View full entry
“New” Frank Lloyd Wright Home Found
the System-Built developer may indeed have constructed this home without Wright’s knowledge
— Urban Milwaukee
Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura finally sells in Pasadena
Recognized by Wright as the earliest 'Usonian' house, La Miniatura is also the first residence to utilize Wright's highly inventive textile block building system.
After hitting the market in 2013, La Miniatura (aka The Millard House, 1923) was originally listed at approximately $4.5MM. The final sold price hasn't been made public, but the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is located in Pasadena's Prospect Historic District –... View full entry
Frank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy Phoenix neighborhood
New plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arcadia has neighbors riled up.
Owners of the 1952 house want to turn it into more than just a home, but those living in the wealthy neighborhood aren't too happy about it.
[...] said the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house is "an example of what I consider to be an architecture embodiment of Arizona exceptionalism."
However, this landmark home now finds itself in the middle of controversy.
Let's be Frank: Archinect Sessions Episode 15 with Aaron Betsky, Taliesin's new Dean
It seems as if the tumult and intrigue that ran through Frank Lloyd Wright's life has lived on at Taliesin. After being embroiled in accreditation issues, suspending Fall 2013 enrollment, and working through rocky fundraising plans, Taliesin recently appointed Aaron Betsky to lead the school and... View full entry
10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated to UNESCO World Heritage List
The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of a group of 10 buildings in seven states designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for inclusion on the World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage List recognizes the “outstanding universal value” of the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet.
— U.S. Department of State
The nomination of ten buildings by the influential architect represents the first World Heritage nomination by the U.S. of works of modernist architecture. Entitled "Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright," the list includes:Unity Temple in Oak Park, IllinoisFrederick C. Robie... View full entry