2017 has just gotten started and there's no shortage of interesting news for all of us Wrightophiles. This week brings news of one of the ultimate ways to celebrate Wright's 150th; a new Taliesin Apprentice museum exhibit; an Organic architectural home for sale in Minnesota; and the effort to save a Prairie School house in Texas.
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Celebrate 150 Years With The Wright Plus Weekend Experience
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is kicking off a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright with special features for the annual Housewalk, Wright Plus 150, on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Oak Park, IL.
Presenting interior tours of rarely seen private homes and public buildings designed by Wright and his contemporaries, Wright Plus 150 includes:
• Four private Wright homes: The visionary Laura Gale House (1909), Wright's spectacular Arthur B. Heurtley House (1902), his Japanese-influenced Hills DeCaro House (1906) and his remodeling in the Harrison P. Young House (1895).
• Refreshments and a tour at Wright's Thomas H. Gale House (1892), an oasis for Trust members only.
• A full lineup of featured homes located in an easily walkable loop, just steps from Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio.
Also special for Wright Plus are two luxury experiences for architecture and design enthusiasts.
• The Ultimate Plus Weekend Package, May18-21, provides four days of exclusive tours and activities, including a gourmet dinner at a private Frank Lloyd Wright home, Fast Pass access to the Wright Plus 150 Housewalk, a hotel stay and more.
• New for Wright Plus 150 is Ultimate Saturday, with highlights of the Ultimate Plus package on the day of the Housewalk.
The Wright Plus 150 Housewalk lineup totals 10 private homes, a combination of Wright’s early experiments and his fully formed Prairie-style homes, as well as Prairie designs and traditional styles by other architects. Thoroughly researched presentation displays and docent-led tours are provided at each house.
Also on the Wright Plus tour is the place where Wright’s innovative Prairie homes were designed and his studio architects worked: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio. Wright Plus tickets include entry to Wright’s Prairie-style masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and The Rookery in the heart of Chicago’s financial district.
Don't miss this once in a lifetime Wright experience! For more information about the houses on Wright Plus 150, follow the link. Read more.
Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture
Robert Boyd sends word of a new exhibit at the Palos Verdes Art Center that fans of Organic Architecture will not want to miss. Titled "Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture" the exhibit features rare photographs and original architectural renderings and plans from the noted architect’s office, as well as period shelter magazines spotlighting Green’s work. The opening takes place January 21, 2017 with an opening reception 6 to 9 pm. The curator, architect, and architecture historian Alan Hess, will give a talk at 7 pm. The exhibition will remain on view at PVAC through May 28, 2017. Follow the link to learn more. Read more.
John Larson-Designed House For Sale
Scott Templeton sends a link to an interesting house for sale in Lakeland, MN designed by architect John Larson that has an interesting use of steel beams and a lot of exposure of inherent construction material. Follow the link to see the listing and more images. Read more.
Help Save The William Coleman House
Sharlamar Jackson recently wrote us about her efforts to save and restore the William Coleman House, a 1930 Prairie School design in Fort Worth, Texas that is not only an important part of Texas history, but also of African-American history. Follow the link to learn more about the home's important heritage and the Go Fund Me campaign created to save this architectural work from being demolished. Read more.
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