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Wright Report: Building Updates and Conservancy Action

Photo by Patrick J. Mahoney

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is happy to announce that it now holds a preservation easement on the Hoffman House in Rye, New York. The house was sold in mid-March, and the previous owner encouraged the new owner to donate an easement to the Conservancy as a part of the sales agreement. We thank both parties and look forward to a positive relationship with the new owner. The St. Louis…

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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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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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UPDATED: Oboler Complex Ravaged by Woolsey Fire

Photo by Stan Ecklund

UPDATE 2/1/19: The owners of the Oboler Complex in Malibu are among the homeowners suing Southern California Edison Co., blaming the utility for their property losses from the Woolsey Fire. A news report states they “spent millions of dollars restoring a $20 million residential property that included a home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright just three weeks before the fire, the suit says. The blaze completely destroyed the home…

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Wright Report: Building Updates and Conservancy Action

On Oct. 5, Conservancy Preservation Programs Manager John Waters met at the Pope-Leighey House in Mount Vernon, Virginia, with conservators Pamela Kirschner and Andrew Fearon, National Trust Graham Gund Architect for historic sites Ashley Wilson, and Pope-Leighey representative Peter Christensen. The focus of the discussion was the conservation of the exterior wood at this important Wright-designed public site. Fearon and Kirschner have done extensive work with the conservation of 20th-century wood and…

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