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High-Rise Proposed Near Unity Temple

Photo by Tom Rossiter

UPDATE 12/6/18: Mayor Abu-Taleb of Oak Park states “that Unity Temple is “one of the crown jewels of the community” and that any development on the site of the U.S. Bank building “addresses the concerns of this monument.” Read more here. A new high-rise development is being proposed in Oak Park, Illinois, less than a half block away from Wright’s Unity Temple at 835 Lake Street. It would become the tallest…

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Efforts to Landmark Buffalo Houses Meet with Resistance

Photo by Patrick J. Mahoney

Along with the Martin House, Buffalo is home to two other notable excellent examples of Wright’s Prairie period: the Heath House (1903) and the Davidson House (1908). Efforts by the City of Buffalo to designate the Heath and Davidson Houses as city landmarks, which would protect the houses from future alteration, have met with resistance from the owners of the houses. On March 1 the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy…

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Frank Lloyd Wright Building in Montana Demolished Despite Efforts to Save

Photo by Matt Baldwin/Daily Inter Lake

UPDATE: The building was demolished after hours on Jan. 10, less that two hours after final terms of an offer to buy the building were rejected. Montana Public Radio has video of the demolition.  For background up to Jan. 8 please see our previous news post, “Efforts Underway to Save Montana Wright Building by Jan. 10.” Demolition is expected to proceed on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Lockridge Medical Clinic building…

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V.C. MORRIS GIFT SHOP REOPENS WITH LUXURY MENSWEAR BRAND ISAIA

Wright’s V.C. Morris Gift Shop, which the Conservancy toured on its San Francisco conference in 2016 while it was closed to the public, reopened in late September 2017 as the third U.S. outpost of Italian men’s fashion label ISAIA. The Conservancy has been in contact with ISAIA leadership since shortly before the company officially leased the space in 2016; earlier this year they came to our Chicago office to present their plans…

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Wright’s Samara in Indiana Named a National Historic Landmark

Photo by Lee Lewellen

Samara, the John E. Christian House (1954) was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior on April 15, 2015. Samara had previously been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992. The house was still occupied by Dr. John Christian, its original owner, until he died in July 2015 at the age of 98. Wright designed or specified the house’s landscape, furnishings, lighting,…

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