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Renovation Time is a High-Risk Time for your Historic Building

As we watched in horror when Notre Dame Cathedral’s spire and roof were engulfed in flames in April, the thought “this can’t be happening to Notre Dame!” passed through the minds of many. It was a sobering reminder that the worst can happen to a beloved structure. In November 2018 the Wright community we recently learned with sadness that wildfire decimated the Oboler Estate in Malibu, California. In response to…

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A HOMEOWNER’S AND SITE MANAGER’S RESOURCE FOR Preserving Usonian Houses

As a part of its mission to facilitate the preservation of Wright’s existing structures, the Conservancy continually researches best practices for the preservation and maintenance of those structures. We strive to make information on those practices available to the owners and stewards of Wright-designed structures. As a part of this process, last fall the Conservancy partnered with Emily Butler, a graduate student in the preservation studies program at Tulane University,…

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Follow Along with the Eppstein House Renovation Online

The new owners of the Wright-designed Eppstein House in Michigan are letting everyone follow along with their renovation work on the Project Eppstein blog. The house will be open for overnight stays when the work is completed in the summer or fall 2017 and is listed in Overnight Stays.

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A Sensitive “Restovation” for a Modest House: The J.A. Sweeton House

By Dan Nichols

Not all Wright houses can survive as house museums for “architourists.” To survive into the future, many must remain desirable places in which to live for people of the present day. Owners Dan Nichols and Christine Denario have been making limited subtle alterations to the modest Sweeton House (1950) in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to accommodate the stuff and mechanics of present day life with a goal of keeping Wright’s…

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