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SIX FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED FOR STUDENTS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO ATTEND 2018 CONFERENCE

In the third year of the John G. Thorpe Young Professionals and Students Fellowship, the Conservancy welcomed four honorees to the October conference in Madison: Rebecca Hagen, Registrar, Fallingwater (Masters in Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2013); Kristi Jamrisko Gross, Museum Guide, Pope-Leighey House, (M.A. in Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2015); Allison Semrad, Robert Silman Fellow for Preservation Engineering at National Trust for Historic Preservation (MS in Historic Preservation,…

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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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Wright in the Round: The Bertha and Sol Friedman House

By Lacey Sikora

Photo by Maksim Akelin

In 1945, a cooperative group from New York City purchased a 100-acre tract of land in Pleasantville, New York, and engaged Frank Lloyd Wright to build his Broadacre City concept, first published in 1932, on the land. Wright called the community Usonia, a descriptive term he used to embody the character of the American landscape that was free from previous architectural conventions. Wright created a plan for the community that…

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Why I Joined the Legacy Circle

By Donna Butler Adamson

It was only recently that I put a bequest to the Building Conservancy in my will, but I always knew I would! The formation of the Conservancy aligned with the beginning of my career as a real estate appraiser specializing in historic properties.The Conservancy has amazed me with its success through the years. It allowed me to form fast friendships and professional relationships, and I have never looked back. It…

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A Prairie Masterwork Seeks New Owners

By Lacey Sikora

Photo by VHT Studios

The Avery and Queene Coonley House in Riverside, Illinois, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1908 and 1912, is considered one of the most elaborate Prairie School houses ever constructed. Sited on the banks of the Des Plaines River, the house is a part of an estate that originally consisted of the large main house, a separate coach house and a gardener’s cottage. After the Coonleys sold the…

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