Delusions of Glanzer: A Preservationist’s Tale

By Steve Sikora, Owner, Willey House

The first time I laid eyes on Harvey Glanzer was Valentine’s Day morning, of 2002. A small, indistinct silhouette, he emerged to greet us from the dimly lit living room of the Willey House in Minneapolis. Outside, a bitter February was ever so slightly tempered by the rising sun. But inside, the climate was that of a glacial cave. Harvey struck me like J. R. R. Tolkien’s Gollum, perfectly at…

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From Wright Tour Guide to Wright Homeowner

By Lacey Sikora

Photo by Maksim Akelin

The Bertha and Sol Friedman House, the first Wright designed for his planned Usonia community in Pleasantville, New York, has found a new set of stewards. The new owners of the 1948 house, Jane and Brian Renz, are Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy members and longtime fans of Wright’s work. Brian Renz notes that he grew up and attended graduate school in Chicago, so he always had an interest in…

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Madison Conference Features Focus on American System-Built Homes

By Marsha Shyer

Wright homeowners who participated in the Conservancy’s 2018 conference in Madison, Wisconsin, were treated to a focus on Wright’s American System-Built Homes (ASBH). Nicholas Hayes, the owner of the Elizabeth Murphy House (1915) in Shorewood, Wisconsin, spoke about the process of rediscovering the origins of the home, which had been hiding in plain sight as a Wright design until it was rediscovered by local scholars in 2015. Nick and Angela…

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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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