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The Common Pattern: A Concert Series Benefiting The School of Architecture at Taliesin

April 15-October 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

Oct. 7: Winslow House, Oak Park, IL

Oct. 21: Gridley House, Batavia, IL

View the full schedule of concert listings and musicians at The School of Architecture at Taliesin.

860-880 and 900-910 Lake Shore Drive (Mies van der Rohe)

Hinsdale-Hebert House (1907) in Evanston, Illinois

Glore House
Photo by Jim Caulfield

Glasner House
Photo by Eric Hausman

Winslow House

Mrs. A.W. Gridley House (1906)
Photo courtesy of Laura Frost

Out and About Wright: Modernism in Central Iowa

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.

Add-on Events

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.

Paul and Ida Trier House (Wright, 1956)
Photo by Patrick J. Mahoney

B.J. Ricker House (Marion Mahony, Walter Burley Griffin, 1911)

Bryant and Marjorie Denniston House (John Howe, 1958)
Photo by Bill Olexy

Des Moines Art Center (Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier)

Merchants National Bank (Louis Sullivan, 1913)

Butler House (Kraetsch and Kraetsch, 1937)
Photo by John Clouse

Oreon Scott Chapel at Drake University (Eero Saarinen, 1955)
Photo by John Clouse

Dr. Sidney Smith House (Steffen Stoltz, 1962)

Des Moines Social Club (converted 1937 Streamline Moderne fire station)

Rollins Mansion (1925)

AEG Building (Gordon Bunshaft/SOM, 1965)

Frank Lloyd Wright in the Pacific Northwest: Tracy House

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.

The Great Living Creative Spirit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Japan


November 11-22, 2018

The Great Living Creative Spirit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Japan, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s first major tour of Japan, will take place Nov. 11-22, 2018.

The main tour, which runs from Nov. 11-20 and is limited to 27 attendees, will cover a broad portion of Japan, beginning in Tokyo and ending with the art-filled islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima near Okayama in western Japan. The latter visits underscore that the Conservancy’s specially curated itinerary will focus on modern architecture over more traditional sites, and stand apart from other Wright-themed tours in Japan. Alongside Wright’s extant buildings and fragments in the country, attendees will view the modern work of Arata Endo, Antonin Raymond, Le Corbusier, Tadao Ando, Kenzo Tange, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma and more. The tour is curated and led by Tokyo-based Wright experts KiSMet Productions. Its principals, Karen Severns and Koichi Mori, are active documenters of Japan’s architectural heritage, having curated exhibitions, coordinated dozens of seminars and specialty tours, and directed the film Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan.

An optional three-night extension tour of Kyoto, limited to 12, runs from Nov. 20-22 and features traditional palaces, temples and shrines.

Read the full trip itinerary, costs and details to carefully consider before registering (pdf).

All reservations have been filled for this tour. Email us at preservation {at} to be added to the wait list.

Wright's reconstructed Imperial Hotel lobby at The Museum Meiji-Mura
Photo by Koichi Mori

Yamamura House (Wright, 1918) in Ashiya, Japan.
Photo courtesy of Yodogawa Steel Works, Ltd.

Tearoom at Wright's Myonichikan
Photo by Koichi Mori

Old Imperial Bar at the Imperial Hotel

Koshien Hotel by Arata Endo
Photo by Koichi Mori

St. Mary's Cathedral by Kenzo Tange

Meguro St. Anselm's Church by Antonin Raymond

New Karuizawa Studio by Antonin Raymond
Photo by Koichi Mori

Chichu Art Museum by Tadao Ando on Naoshima Island

Naoshima Island museum by Tadao Ando

Museum on Naoshima Island

Teshima Museum by Pritzker Prize winner Ryue Nishizawa

Korakuen Garden in Okayama
Photo by Koichi Mori

The Gion district in Kyoto