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Announcing 2019 Wright Spirit Award Honorees

The Wright Spirit Awards were established in 1991 to honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to preserving Wright’s legacy. The Conservancy’s Awards Committee selects the honorees from nominations received during an open nomination period. This year’s awards will be presented Saturday, Oct. 5 at a gala dinner during our conference in Los Angeles. Tickets ($175) are available by calling 312.663.5500. “There are so many different people…

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Richardson House: A Tale of Three Families

By Lacey Sikora

The Stuart Richardson House in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, will soon have new stewards. Designed in 1941 for an actuary and his wife, the home was the result of consultations with Wright when he was in New York City designing the Guggenheim Museum. The Richardsons constructed the house in 1951 with input from the architect. Margot Richardson Aronson recalls that her father, Stuart, dreamed of becoming an architect and when…

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Hoffman House Owners Donate Preservation Easement to Conservancy

Photo by Patrick J. Mahoney

There is no stronger way to protect a historic property than with a preservation easement. This led Tom Tisch, longtime owner of the Hoffman House in Rye, New York, to investigate easements as he and his wife Alice prepared for the sale of their house in 2018. The Tisch family had meticulously maintained the Hoffman House since they bought it in 1992, and they wanted to protect that investment. They…

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2019 JOHN G. THORPE FELLOWSHIP

Graduate students and young professionals are invited to apply for the 2019 John G. Thorpe Young Professionals and Students Fellowship. This program was established in 2016 to honor John Garrett Thorpe, prominent restoration architect and longtime Conservancy board member. Young professionals in the first five years of their careers in architecture or historic preservation, and graduate students in architecture or historic preservation (full-time or part-time) currently enrolled at the time…

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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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