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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Oboler Complex Ravaged by Woolsey Fire

Photo by Betsy Malloy

Sadly, online information indicates that the Arch Oboler Complex in the mountains above Malibu, California, has been gutted in the devastating Woolsey Fire. As of the morning of November 27, this area was closed to all except emergency vehicles. The extent of damage has not been assessed, but the ravaged area is clearly visible in aerial images. The Oboler Complex is among more than 1,600 structures affected by the fire,…

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Wright Report: Building Updates and Conservancy Action

On Oct. 5, Conservancy Preservation Programs Manager John Waters met at the Pope-Leighey House in Mount Vernon, Virginia, with conservators Pamela Kirschner and Andrew Fearon, National Trust Graham Gund Architect for historic sites Ashley Wilson, and Pope-Leighey representative Peter Christensen. The focus of the discussion was the conservation of the exterior wood at this important Wright-designed public site. Fearon and Kirschner have done extensive work with the conservation of 20th-century wood and…

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David and Gladys Wright House a Target for Redevelopment in Phoenix

On Sept. 1 the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, Arizona, was listed for sale. It is on the market to any buyer who will pay $12.95 million for the 5.9-acre property in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood. As we saw in January with the demolition of the Lockridge Medical Clinic in Whitefish, Montana, when Wright-designed properties fall into the hands of the wrong buyer, they can be lost despite public…

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Representatives of the Stockman House in Mason City, Iowa, met with Unity Temple restoration architect and Conservancy board member Gunny Harboe, Preservation Programs Manager John Waters, and Unity Temple Restoration Fund Executive Director Heidi Ruehle-May at Unity Temple on July 17, to discuss restoration issues. Chip Kinsey, president of the River City Society for Historic Preservation (owners of the Stockman House), Kathy Kinsey, and paint specialist John Duggan, examined the…

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