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Developer Cancels High-Rise Near Unity Temple

Photo by Tom Rossiter

On March 22, in a letter directed to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Landmarks Illinois, a senior representative of Golub & Company LLC gave notice of the developer’s decision to terminate its efforts to redevelop the land at 835 W. Lake St. in Oak Park, less than half a block from the Wright-designed Unity Temple. The letter acknowledged that…

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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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Wright Report : Building Updates and Conservancy Action

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block has announced its purchase of the Wright-designed two-family home at 2728-30 West Burnham Street in Milwaukee. It is known as Two Flat, Model C, part of Wright’s American System-Built Homes series and built in 1916. All six Wright buildings on the Burnham Block are now in good hands and will be well cared for, according to the nonprofit, which will begin urgent repairs on the…

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High-Rise Proposed Near Unity Temple

Photo by Tom Rossiter

UPDATE 12/6/18: Mayor Abu-Taleb of Oak Park states that Unity Temple “is one of the crown jewels of the community” and that any development on the site of the U.S. Bank building “addresses the concerns of this monument.” Read more here. A new high-rise development is being proposed in Oak Park, Illinois, less than a half block away from Wright’s Unity Temple at 835 Lake Street. It would become the tallest…

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Wright Site Directors Gather at Wingspread

From March 26-28, 37 participants representing 33 sites gathered for The Wright Sesquicentennial and Beyond: The Wright Site Directors Summit at Wingspread. Last convened in 2014, this retreat was jointly hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. The Johnson Foundation generously provided all meeting facilities, hospitality, meals and lodging. The Conservancy’s Public Sites Committee and chair Scott Perkins selected the speaker lineup…

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