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Conservancy, National Trust Oppose Demo for Wright Home Visitor Center

In June 2019, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which stewards the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park and Robie House in Hyde Park, unveiled plans for a new visitor and education center adjacent to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. The announcement gained national attention. Renderings of the proposed project can be seen at John Ronan Architects. While the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy applauds the…

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UPDATED: Sondern House Sold at Auction

UPDATE 8/12/19: Our sources in Kansas City report that the Sondern House sold at auction today after active bidding. The Conservancy always keeps homeowner and sale price information confidential. We’ll share more info once it becomes public. Wright’s Sondern House (1939) in Kansas City, Missouri, has been listed for auction by Heritage Auctions. The auction is to be held August 12, 2019, and will be “without reserve.” In other words,…

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Conservancy Seeking Proposals To Move Booth Cottage

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is seeking an individual or group to move, reconstruct and restore the Wright-designed Booth Cottage (1913). This is an opportunity to breathe new life into a significant early Wright structure currently located in Glencoe, Illinois. After being owned by the same family since 1956, the Cottage was recently sold. The site on which it stands is to be redeveloped, and the Conservancy is assisting…

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UPDATE: New Owner of Booth Cottage Files for Demolition Permit

UPDATE 5/30: Representatives of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Chairman of the Village of Glencoe’s Historic Preservation Commission and Village staff met with the new owner of the Booth Cottage on Thursday, May 30, to discuss potential alternatives to demolition. The new owners have commenced the process of applying for a demolition permit for the structure; however, they have also indicated an interest in exploring alternatives to demolition….

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Sold: Booth Cottage in Suburban Chicago

The sale of the Wright-designed Booth Cottage in Glencoe to new owners for the first time in 60 years closed on May 9. The sale price was reported as $555,000. The Conservancy has reached out directly to the new owners, and we are hoping for a beneficial conversation with them about the importance of preserving the Booth Cottage. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune on May 14: “Public…

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