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Conservancy, National Trust Oppose Demo for Wright Home Visitor Center

In June 2019, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which stewards the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park and Robie House in Hyde Park, unveiled plans for a new visitor and education center adjacent to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. The announcement gained national attention. Renderings of the proposed project can be seen at John Ronan Architects. While the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy applauds the…

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Announcing 2019 Wright Spirit Award Honorees

The Wright Spirit Awards were established in 1991 to honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to preserving Wright’s legacy. The Conservancy’s Awards Committee selects the honorees from nominations received during an open nomination period. This year’s awards will be presented Saturday, Oct. 5 at a gala dinner during our conference in Los Angeles. Tickets ($175) are available by calling 312.663.5500. “There are so many different people…

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Eight Wright Sites Inscribed to UNESCO World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, has officially inscribed The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, which includes eight major works spanning 50 years of Wright’s career, on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The sites in the group inscription span Wright’s influential career. They include Unity Temple (constructed 1906-1909, Oak Park, Illinois), the Frederick C. Robie House (constructed 1910, Chicago, Illinois), Taliesin (begun 1911, Spring Green, Wisconsin), Hollyhock House (constructed 1918-1921, Los…

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Lindholm House Reopens in Pennsylvania

In April 2016 the Conservancy brokered the move of the R.W. Lindholm House, designed by Wright in 1952, from Cloquet, Minnesota, to Polymath Park in Acme, Pennsylvania, to ensure its preservation. In April 2019, Conservancy Executive Director Barbara Gordon and multiple Conservancy board members attended a grand opening celebration for the beautifully reconstructed house. The house was donated by owners Julene and Peter McKinney (a grandson of original owners Ray…

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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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