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Wright in the Round: The Bertha and Sol Friedman House

By Lacey Sikora

Photo by Maksim Akelin

In 1945, a cooperative group from New York City purchased a 100-acre tract of land in Pleasantville, New York, and engaged Frank Lloyd Wright to build his Broadacre City concept, first published in 1932, on the land. Wright called the community Usonia, a descriptive term he used to embody the character of the American landscape that was free from previous architectural conventions. Wright created a plan for the community that…

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WRIGHT’S STURGES HOUSE WITHDRAWN FROM AUCTION

The Conservancy had a representative in attendance at the auction of Wright’s George D. Sturges House (1939) in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 22, 2016, when the auctioneer from Los Angeles Modern Auctions announced that the house had been withdrawn from the sale. Although the Realtor had received “a thousand inquiries from around the world,” they said, there wasn’t a qualified bidder to purchase and restore the property. Much of the…

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George Millard House, Facing Threat of Demolition, Sells to New Owners

The sale of the George Madison Millard House (1906) in Highland Park, Illinois, closed on Dec. 15, 2015. The Chicago Tribune reported that it sold for $687,500. The previous owners sought a permit to demolish the 1906 house in Highland Park, Illinois, but in Nov. 2015 they accepted a purchase offer from prospective buyers who plan to preserve it, according to the house‚Äôs listing agent. After featuring the house on…

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New Owners At Wright’s V.C. Morris Gift Shop In San Francisco

Following a flurry of sales activity for Wright houses on the market in the first half of 2015, the V.C. Morris Gift Shop (1948) building in San Francisco was acquired by a new owner in July. A high-end designer fashion boutique is planned for the commercial property at 140 Maiden Lane, replacing Asian antiques dealer Xanadu Gallery, which closed Aug. 8. The exterior of the building is protected under a…

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Storer House, La Miniatura and Coonley House South Wing Sell in Busy Start to 2015

Three Wright-designed houses changed hands by the end of May 2015, marking safe transitions to new owners for the high-profile structures. The John Storer House (1923) sold in February to a preservation-minded buyer for what is expected to be a record price for a Wright house. The textile-block house in the Hollywood Hills was extensively restored in the 1980s by then-owner Joel Silver. Another concrete-block house in nearby Pasadena, California,…

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