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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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Olfelt House Being Significantly Altered

Photo by Jim Kruger, Landmark Photography and Design

In mid-December, members of the Advocacy Committee of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s board of directors were concerned to learn of the extent of the changes underway at the Paul and Helen Olfelt House in St Louis Park, Minnesota (1958). It is with profound disappointment that the Conservancy confirms that the Olfelt House is currently undergoing extensive remodeling and construction of an addition. While we take heart that 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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UPDATED: Oboler Complex Ravaged by Woolsey Fire

Photo by Stan Ecklund

UPDATE 2/1/19: The owners of the Oboler Complex in Malibu are among the homeowners suing Southern California Edison Co., blaming the utility for their property losses from the Woolsey Fire. A news report states they “spent millions of dollars restoring a $20 million residential property that included a home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright just three weeks before the fire, the suit says. The blaze completely destroyed the home…

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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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