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Henderson House Owners Donate Easement to Conservancy

The owners of the Henderson House (1901) in Elmhurst, Illinois, have donated a preservation easement to the Conservancy, protecting the Prairie-style house that is currently on the market in a teardown-prone area. The house was designed by Wright in 1901 while in partnership with Henry Webster Tomlinson. Frank Henderson purchased the land from William H. Emery Sr., whose son, William H. Emery Jr., commissioned a home from Wright associate Walter Burley Griffin on…

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UPDATED: Conservancy, National Trust Oppose Demo for Wright Home Visitor Center

Updated Sept. 6, 2019 The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust issued a statement that they will not exercise their option to appeal the decision of the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission, but instead will reconsider its plan. Updated Aug. 29, 2019 At a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, the Village of Oak Park’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously not to issue the Certificates of Appropriateness to remove additions on the…

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UPDATED: Boulter House Damaged in Fire

Photo by Steve Paszt

Updated 10/18/18: Thanks to a detection system that remained in service while renovations were taking place, firefighters were quickly notified, and a representative of the owner says fire damage was limited to a section of the house that was added after the original house was built. Restoration work is underway. Cincinnati firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Wright-designed Boulter House (1954) after 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15….

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UPDATED: Conservancy Seeking Proposals To Move Booth Cottage

UPDATE 10/25/19: Following the Conservancy’s request for proposals to move and restore the Booth Cottage in Glencoe, Illinois, a local party came forward to keep the original portion of the building within the Village boundaries and very close to the Ravine Bluffs neighborhood. After being owned by the same family since 1956, the home was sold in May. The new owners promptly filed for a demolition permit, which triggered a demolition…

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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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