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Oboler Complex Ravaged by Woolsey Fire

Photo by Betsy Malloy

Sadly, online information indicates that the Arch Oboler Complex in the mountains above Malibu, California, has been gutted in the devastating Woolsey Fire. As of the morning of November 27, this area was closed to all except emergency vehicles. The extent of damage has not been assessed, but the ravaged area is clearly visible in aerial images. The Oboler Complex is among more than 1,600 structures affected by the fire,…

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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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WRIGHT REPORT: BUILDING UPDATES AND CONSERVANCY ACTION

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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WRIGHT REPORT: BUILDING UPDATES AND CONSERVANCY ACTION

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was recently selected to move forward in the application process for The National Fund for Sacred Places, a grant-making program of Partners for Sacred Places (PSP) in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Out of 178 letters of intent received, 32 were selected to move forward. PSP expects to invite 14-16 congregations into the next round of the program. The Conservancy met…

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