June 22-23, 2019
After a successful sold-out event in 2016, the Conservancy will return to Idaho June 22-23 for a special fundraiser dinner at Teater’s Knoll (1952). The owner of the rarely opened, beautifully restored Wright-designed house will conduct a personal tour, followed by a seated gourmet dinner in the house and breathtaking sunset views. The next day we’ll tour some of the most remarkable contemporary houses in the Sun Valley area, including works by Bart Prince, Tom Kundig, Jack Smith, Susan Desko and more. Attendance is limited.
Transportation is included from the Wood River Inn in Hailey, Idaho. Reservations at the hotel must be made by April 21 to get the group rate of $109.50 per night. Call 208.578.0600 and mention group code 9FLWBC to book.
May 2-5, 2019
When Wright first visited in the 1930s, historian Charles Marshall writes, he called Dallas “young and architecturally untouched,” Today, the Dallas-Forth Worth area is home to one of the highest concentrations of world-class architecture in the country. While Wright’s 1930s and ’40s residential and hotel designs for Dallas clients were never built, one private house was completed in 1958, the same year construction began on the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the culmination of a project Wright had been conceiving since 1931. An outpouring of modern architecture followed, both cultural and residential projects by some of the biggest names in architecture.
The Conservancy’s first event in Texas includes a tour of Wright’s theater and a lunchtime program with experts speaking about hopes for its restoration, plus rare tours of the area’s most remarkable private houses by Steven Holl, Richard Meier, Paul Rudolph, Edward Larrabee Barnes, A. Quincy Jones, and Wright apprentices John Rattenbury and W. Kelly Oliver. Masterful buildings by Louis I. Kahn, Tadao Ando, Fay Jones, Renzo Piano and more round out this exceptional program.
Main Event: Saturday, May 4
Depart by bus from the Hotel Indigo at 9 a.m. for a tour that includes the Kalita Humphreys Theater (Wright, 1955) and some of Dallas’ most prominent private residences: Stretto House (Steven Holl, 1991), commissioned by the descendants of Wright’s client Harold Price and a winner of the AIA’s prestigious 25-Year Award; Rachofsky House (Richard Meier, 1991), a residence designed to house a world-class contemporary art collection; Greenlee House (Edward Larrabee Barnes, 1981), the famed New York modernist’s take on Southwestern vernacular architecture; Thielen House (John Rattenbury, 1992), designed by Wright’s apprentice and influenced by his nearby Gillin House; and Lipshy House (Howard Meyer, 1951), one of the finest works by a pioneering and influential Dallas modernist. A lunchtime program features several expert speakers presenting on the Kalita Humphreys Theater restoration efforts. Departs from Hotel Indigo at 9 a.m. and returns approx. 6 p.m. Lunch is included and dinner is on your own.
Thursday, May 2 (attendance strictly limited to first 24 people) — SOLD OUT
A 1.5-hour guided tour of the Bass House (Paul Rudolph, 1972) in Fort Worth is a rare opportunity to see the house Rudolph considered his greatest. One of few outside of Florida, it harks back to his love of Fallingwater, and contains exquisite grounds designed by Robert Zion and Russell Page. Departs from Hotel Indigo at 2 p.m.; returns approx. 5 p.m.
Friday, May 3 (private event for Leadership and Board members)
Members of the Leadership, Clerestory, and Visionary Circles and Conservancy Board are invited to join us for dinner at the Higginbotham House (Lang and Witchell, 1913). Designed by Charles Barglebaugh, a draftsman in Wright’s studio in the early 1900s, it incorporates features from the preliminary plans for Wright’s Heath House and is considered the purest example of Prairie-style residential architecture in Dallas. Departs from Hotel Indigo approx 5 p.m. and returns approx. 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
Travel outside Dallas for a tour of the Mitchell House (W. Kelly Oliver, 1974) in Irving, designed by the Wright apprentice who managed construction of the Kalita Humphreys Theater and Gillin House, then head to Fort Worth for a rare tour of the Fuller House (A. Quincy Jones, 1950). One of few houses the celebrated modernist built outside California, it was spared the wrecking ball and recently underwent an award-winning restoration. We’ll also tour two masterworks of museum architecture, the Kimbell Art Museum (Louis I. Kahn, 1972; Renzo Piano, 2013) and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Tadao Ando, 2002), and the Marty Leonard Community Chapel (Fay Jones, 1991), by Wright’s AIA Gold Medal-winning apprentice. Departs from Hotel Indigo at 9 a.m. with a stop at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) at approx. 4:30 p.m. en route back to hotel. Lunch is included.
All tours depart from and return to the Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown (1933 Main St., Dallas). The Beaux Arts hotel was designed by the prominent firm Lang and Witchell and built for Conrad Hilton in 1925. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our attendees stay at the special rate of $115/night. Book by April 17 online or call 214.741.7700 and mention the Frank Lloyd Wright group.
All tours, programs and schedules are subject to change.
November 11-22, 2018
Twenty-five Conservancy members joined us in November for our first major tour of Japan, The Great Living Creative Spirit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Japan. More than 40 sites across the country were visited on the 10-day main tour, including Wright’s Yamamura House, reconstructed Imperial Hotel entrance lobby, and Jiyu Gakuen school for dinner, a concert and a presentation by world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Buildings by Wright apprentices Arata Endo and Antonin Raymond and the major figures of 20th-century Japanese architecture, as well as the “art islands” of Naoshima, were included on the unique tour specially curated by Tokyo-based Wright experts KiSMet Productions. A smaller group spent an additional three days on our tour of Kyoto. Thank you to all who attended! View photos from the trip on our Flickr page.
October 7-21, 2018
The Conservancy is partnering with The School of Architecture at Taliesin on its signature house concert series for 2018. Six Chicago-area concerts from April through October feature acclaimed artists like the chamber music group Orion Ensemble and the Avanti Guitar Trio performing in Wright-designed houses including the Glore House and Gridley House (both featured on our 2017 Chicago suburbs tour) and the early-career Winslow House and Glasner House. Tickets are strictly limited for each event and are available through the School.
The School of Architecture at Taliesin is an accredited three-year Master of Architecture program that continues the Fellowship program founded by Wright in 1932. All concert proceeds will be directed to the School for merit- and need-based student scholarships.
April 15: 880 Lake Shore Drive Penthouse (Mies van der Rohe), Chicago, IL
May 13: Hinsdale-Hebert House, Evanston, IL
June 24: Glore House, Lake Forest, IL
Sept. 16: Glasner House, Glencoe, IL (Cancelled–refunds issued by SOAT)
Oct. 7: Winslow House, Oak Park, IL
Oct. 21: Gridley House, Batavia, IL
August 23-24, 2018
The Conservancy is hosting a rare tour of one of Wright’s most exquisite private residences, the Walker House.
Reaching out from a rocky promontory into Carmel Bay, the Walker House is one of the most unique among Wright’s 300-plus private houses. Designed in 1948 for Mrs. Clinton Walker, it is one of the only Wright buildings in a coastal environment. Its arrow-shaped plan has a hexagonal copper roof resting on triangular Carmel stone walls that resemble a ship’s prow projecting into the ocean. Its hexagonal living room is framed in reverse-stepped glass panels that afford panoramic views of the coastline.
A special evening reception limited to 25 guests on Thursday, Aug. 23 ($250 per person; sold out) will include a private tour of the house with hors d’oeuvres and fine wines enjoyed on the prow as the sun sets into the bay. A truly unforgettable experience. A limited number of tickets are also being made available to an added sunset reception on Saturday, Aug. 25. Small group tours on Friday, Aug. 24 ($125 per person) allow a personal experience of the house.
Join us for this special event to be inspired by the work of one of the greatest architects in history, with all proceeds supporting the important work of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Attendance is strictly limited.
Normandy Park, Washington
July 15, 2018
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and Historic Seattle offer a rare opportunity to visit one of three Pacific Northwest residences designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1953, Ray Brandes, who had built a house designed by Wright in Sammamish, became the contractor for Bill and Elizabeth Tracy when they constructed their Wright-designed home on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound three years later. The Tracys used custom concrete blocks made on site—all 1,700 of them, in 11 different forms. Their 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom house shares characteristics of other Usonian designs: redwood walls, red concrete radiant floors, bands of windows and French doors that wrap around the living areas, varied ceiling heights. The Tracys had the forethought to plan to protect the property in perpetuity, and it continues to thrive under new steward-owners. Larry Woodin, Executive Director and Founder of the EcoHome Foundation, and past President of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, will provide his expert knowledge of the home, its original owners, and the many critical upgrades undertaken under its new owners to ensure the building’s longevity.
This event is sold out.
Des Moines, Iowa
May 4-6, 2018
Mason City’s trove of prairie-style architecture gets much attention in the Wright community, but the Conservancy’s first Out and About tour in Iowa will focus on Wright’s seldom-seen Usonians and a number of modern architectural treasures in the state’s central and south-central regions. The work of prominent local architects will be seen alongside Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony, John Howe, Louis Sullivan, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Mies van der Rohe and more.
Saturday, May 5
Depart by bus from the Hilton Des Moines Downtown Hotel (NEW) before 9 a.m. for a tour of Des Moines’ most famous architectural treasure, the Des Moines Art Center (Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, 1942-84), before driving to Oskaloosa and Wright’s Jack Lamberson House (1948), winner of the 2016 Wright Spirit Award for its recent restoration, as well as two neighboring midcentury modern houses by local architects. The tour also includes two exceptional Wright apprentice works, the Bryant and Marjorie Denniston House (John Howe, 1958) and B.J. Ricker House (Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin, 1911; on the market, tour subject to sale), and a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres inside Merchants National Bank (1913), a Louis Sullivan-designed jewel box. We will return to the hotel at approx. 7 p.m. Box lunch is provided and dinner is on your own.
Friday, May 4 (private event for Leadership, Clerestory and Visionary Circle and Board members)
Depart from the Savery Hotel at 4:30 p.m. to experience two very different historic Des Moines mansions. The evening begins with an exclusive tour of the Butler House (Kraetsch and Kraetsch, 1935), which was widely published and hailed as “the world’s most modern house.” In the late 1980s it was converted to offices but still stands as one of the few great monuments of the 1930s Streamline Moderne style. Afterward we walk to the adjacent Rollins Mansion, a restored Tudor-style house built in 1925 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for a roaming tour and sit-down dinner.
Sunday, May 6
Depart from the Savery Hotel before 9 a.m. to tour Wright’s Paul and Ida Trier House (1956), the midcentury modern architecture of Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Mies van der Rohe and more at Drake University, and an additional private house to be announced. After a sit-down lunch in a converted 1937 Streamline Moderne fire station, we’ll lead a walking tour (1+ mile) of downtown Des Moines’ modern architectural highlights by Mies, Gordon Bunshaft, David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano and more. We will return to the hotel at approx. 3 p.m. The Savery Hotel runs a free shuttle for guests returning to Des Moines Airport (10-15 minutes from hotel); the tour bus will not stop at the airport.
Hotel (UPDATED April 11)
All tours depart from and return to the Hilton Des Moines Downtown (435 Park St., Des Moines) with a stop at the Hyatt Place Des Moines Downtown (418 6th Ave, Des Moines). The originally planned event hotel, the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, will not be reopen after its renovation in time for our event.
Auldbrass Plantation, Yemassee, South Carolina
March 10, 2018
A visit to Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, South Carolina, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, provides a singular Wright experience like no other. Beautifully restored by its owner, movie producer Joel Silver, the multi-building estate is very rarely open to the public. On March 10, 2018, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will host a private tour of the grounds followed by a gourmet dinner inside the main house. In the spirit of the South, chef Robert Volz will create a dinner featuring local ingredients paired with the world’s most sought-after bourbon, Pappy Van Winkle. “Pappy Van Winkle doesn’t advertise; they not only sell out each year but connoisseurs and collectors have been known to spend the night in front of their liquor store for the opportunity to purchase a bottle. This meal is being carefully thought out to showcase local Southern ingredients and to showcase this rare and exquisite bourbon,” says Volz.
Seating is strictly limited to 20 people and this event is expected to sell out. Tickets are $1,700 per person ($1,450 is tax deductible) with all proceeds benefiting the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Register online now.
Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
October 26, 2017
As part of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial (Sept. 16, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018) the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, presents a free panel discussion from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2017, covering the large-scale restoration of Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905 and completed in 1908, the National Historic Landmark building is noted for its reinforced concrete building material, flat slab concrete cantilever roofs and art-glass skylights.
Explore this magnificent space while learning about technological advances in the field of historic preservation in the 21st century. The specific focus will be on determining appropriately matching materials for historic finishes using iterative processes, implementing geothermal heating and cooling systems in a historic structure, incorporating energy-saving LED lighting that mimics a historic building’s original lighting scheme, and adding theater-quality audiovisual upgrades that aren’t visible in a historic interior space.
Supported by CharterSills
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
September 13-15, 2017
RSVP to attend (admission based on availability)
Featuring 18 architects, critics, architectural historians and conservators, this international symposium—organized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art with major sponsorship support from Morgan Stanley and the Maddalena Group at Morgan Stanley—will highlight new thinking about Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and its ongoing interest to contemporary architectural history, culture and practice. Sessions ranging from historiography to preservation to critical reception and influence will look backward and forward in time to offer a framework for reassessing the meaning of Wright’s architecture and its broad impact over the past century and a quarter. How have perceptions of his work changed and evolved? How can its effects on contemporaries be better understood? Is his architectural thought still relevant today? And how were Wright’s ideas about preservation different from those at work today? These are just some of the questions to be debated.
“At this major international symposium a varied and highly talented group of architects, architectural historians, critics, and conservationists will sidestep conventional opinion in discussing how thinking about Wright’s work has evolved over the past decades and how—and if—it can continue to shape the course of modern architecture,” says Neil Levine, Emmet Blakeney Gleason Research Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and chair of the symposium. “Sessions will be devoted to historiography, preservation and influence. A round table of the most significant younger critics writing today will conclude by offering perspectives on where things now stand and what issues may come into play in the future.”
Neil Levine, chair
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1 at The Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St. (The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building entrance)
New York, NY 10019
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. – Keynote Address
Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art
Thursday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Neil Levine, Emmet Blakeney Gleason Research Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Jean-Louis Cohen, Professor, Collège de France, Paris; Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, New York University
Cammie McAtee, Architectural historian
Kathryn Smith, Architectural historian
Jack Quinan, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, State University of New York at Buffalo
(Lunch break from 12:30-2 p.m.)
Richard Longstreth, Professor of American Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in
Historic Preservation, George Washington University
Alice Thomine-Berrada, Senior Curator, Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Daniel Bluestone, Director, Preservation Studies; Professor History of Art and Architecture, Boston University
T. Gunny Harboe, Founder and Principal, Harboe Architects; Vice President, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage
Ellen Moody, Assistant Projects Conservator, Sculpture Conservation, Museum of Modern Art
Friday, Sept. 15, 9:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (NOTE: The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will hold its annual meeting from 9-9:20 a.m.)
Dietrich Neumann, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Director of Urban Studies,
Tim Rohan, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Aaron Betsky, President, the School of Architecture at Taliesin
Critics Roundtable, moderated by Michael Kimmelman (New York Times) and featuring Reed Kroloff (jones | kroloff), Mark Lamster (Dallas Morning News) and Alexandra Lange (Curbed)
How to Attend
Attendees of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s annual conference receive priority reserved seating at the symposium. The rest of the theater is open seating free to the public on a space-available basis. We encourage you to RSVP but admission is not guaranteed.
Mill Run, Pennsylvania
June 10, 2017
Fallingwater (1935) and Kentuck Knob (1954) sit seven miles apart in the idyllic woods of Western Pennsylvania. Twelve guests joined the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy for a private director-led tour of these beautiful architectural wonders and a gourmet dinner with wine pairings at Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann’s original dining table in Fallingwater. View event photos on Flickr.
Oak Brook, Illinois
April 28-30, 2017
The Chicago area is home to the largest concentration of Wright-designed buildings in the world, but few travel far enough afield to see the full range of Wright’s work in northern Illinois, which includes some of the earliest works of Wright’s careers and some of the latest, Prairie-style houses and Usonians, a farmhouse and Wright’s only house designed for a person in a wheelchair. The Conservancy’s annual Out and About Wright weekend welcomed more than 100 people on a tour of 10 Wright-designed buildings in the west, northwest and north suburbs, including the Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent House (1949) in Rockford, Pettit Chapel (1906) in Belvidere, the Louis Fredrick House (1954) in Barrington Hills, Muirhead Farmhouse (1950) in Hampshire, Mrs. A.W. Gridley House (1906) in Batavia, where guests enjoyed an end-of-day reception, the Frank Henderson House (1901) in Elmhurst, the Charles Glore House (1951) in Lake Forest, and the Booth, Kissam and Ross Houses (all 1915) in Glencoe. We also toured the landmark Bruce Goff-designed Ruth and Sam Ford House (1949) in Aurora and had a special dinner for board and Leadership Circle members at the Walter Burley Griffin-designed William Emery House (1903) in Elmhurst. Thank you to all of the homeowners who hosted us and everyone who attended! View event photos on Flickr.
September 10-11, 2016
The Conservancy welcomed a small group for a private tour and dinner at the Wright-designed Teater’s Knoll (1952) in Bliss, Idaho, on Saturday, Sept. 10. Owner Henry Whiting II discussed the history and restoration of Wright’s only building in Idaho, a small studio designed in 1952 for artist Archie Teater on a bluff overlooking the Snake River an hour and a half from the popular resort town of Sun Valley in Bliss, Idaho. Guests then enjoyed an elegant multi-course dinner with fine wines inside the house. The next day the small group toured three spectacular houses in the Sun Valley area, including the work of Bart Prince, George Suyama and Neil Morrison Wright. View more photos on Flickr.
Yemassee, South Carolina
March 5, 2016
The Conservancy hosted an extensive private tour and fundraiser dinner at Auldbrass, a beautifully restored multi-building plantation designed by Wright in 1939. View more photos on Flickr.
September 19, 2015
Very rarely open to the public, the Walker House, designed by Wright in 1948 and still maintained by the Walker family, was an extraordinary setting for an intimate gourmet dinner hosted by the Conservancy. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner and a selection of fine wines by the Conservancy’s official sommelier, Robert Volz, as sun set over Carmel Bay. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefitted the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. View more photos on Flickr.