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UPDATED: Lykes House Sold at Auction

UPDATED 10/17/19: The Lykes House in Phoenix, Arizona, considered Wright’s last residential design, has sold for nearly $1.7 million at auction Oct. 16. Heritage Auctions held the auction without a reserve price. Wright created the design for the house just days before his death in 1959. John Rattenbury of Taliesin Associated Architects, Wright’s successor firm, brought the house to completion in 1968. The Associated Press reports: Out of nearly 20 bids…

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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

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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: Sondern House Sold at Auction

UPDATE 8/12/19: Our sources in Kansas City report that the Sondern House sold at auction today after active bidding. The Conservancy always keeps homeowner and sale price information confidential. We’ll share more info once it becomes public. Wright’s Sondern House (1939) in Kansas City, Missouri, has been listed for auction by Heritage Auctions. The auction is to be held August 12, 2019, and will be “without reserve.” In other words,…

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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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