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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Tackling the Textile Block: Preservation Challenges at the Freeman House

By John Waters

John Waters, AIA, is the Conservancy’s preservation programs manager. In late May I met with University of Southern California faculty members Trudi Sandmeier and Ken Breisch, as well Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation trustee Heather Lenkin, at Wright’s 1924 Freeman House in Los Angeles. Sandmeier, who is director of the Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation at USC, is the current faculty liaison with the house, which has been owned by the…

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Representatives of the Stockman House in Mason City, Iowa, met with Unity Temple restoration architect and Conservancy board member Gunny Harboe, Preservation Programs Manager John Waters, and Unity Temple Restoration Fund Executive Director Heidi Ruehle-May at Unity Temple on July 17, to discuss restoration issues. Chip Kinsey, president of the River City Society for Historic Preservation (owners of the Stockman House), Kathy Kinsey, and paint specialist John Duggan, examined the…

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