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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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Developer Cancels High-Rise Near Unity Temple

Photo by Tom Rossiter

On March 22, in a letter directed to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Landmarks Illinois, a senior representative of Golub & Company LLC gave notice of the developer’s decision to terminate its efforts to redevelop the land at 835 W. Lake St. in Oak Park, less than half a block from the Wright-designed Unity Temple. The letter acknowledged that…

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Olfelt House Being Significantly Altered

Photo by Jim Kruger, Landmark Photography and Design

In mid-December, members of the Advocacy Committee of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s board of directors were concerned to learn of the extent of the changes underway at the Paul and Helen Olfelt House in St Louis Park, Minnesota (1958). It is with profound disappointment that the Conservancy confirms that the Olfelt House is currently undergoing extensive remodeling and construction of an addition. While we take heart that the…

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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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