Oboler Complex Ravaged by Woolsey Fire

Photo by Betsy Malloy

Sadly, online information indicates that the Arch Oboler Complex in the mountains above Malibu, California, has been gutted in the devastating Woolsey Fire. As of the morning of November 27, this area was closed to all except emergency vehicles. The extent of damage has not been assessed, but the ravaged area is clearly visible in aerial images. The Oboler Complex is among more than 1,600 structures affected by the fire,…

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Wright Report: Building Updates and Conservancy Action

On Oct. 5, Conservancy Preservation Programs Manager John Waters met at the Pope-Leighey House in Mount Vernon, Virginia, with conservators Pamela Kirschner and Andrew Fearon, National Trust Graham Gund Architect for historic sites Ashley Wilson, and Pope-Leighey representative Peter Christensen. The focus of the discussion was the conservation of the exterior wood at this important Wright-designed public site. Fearon and Kirschner have done extensive work with the conservation of 20th-century wood and…

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2018 Wright Spirit Award Honorees Celebrated in Madison

Five Wright Spirit Awards were presented at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s 2018 awards gala dinner on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. The awards presentation capped the Conservancy’s annual conference. Introduced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in 1991, the Wright Spirit Award recognizes efforts of extraordinary individuals and organizations that have preserved the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright through their tireless dedication and…

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One of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s biggest annual fundraisers is a silent auction held during our annual conference. This year’s auction at the Madison conference (Oct. 10-14) includes more than 130 unique experiences, collectibles and original artwork. Now we’re giving all Conservancy members the chance to bid online for 15 of these auction packages, ranging from a very rare Wright medallion with a unique backstory (see below) to…

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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was recently selected to move forward in the application process for The National Fund for Sacred Places, a grant-making program of Partners for Sacred Places (PSP) in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Out of 178 letters of intent received, 32 were selected to move forward. PSP expects to invite 14-16 congregations into the next round of the program. The Conservancy met…

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