High-Rise Proposed Near Unity Temple

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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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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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World Heritage Nomination Revised to Include Eight Buildings

The Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage Council working on the nomination for Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, in close cooperation with ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) consultants, has been working to develop a revised justification for the entire series of 10 Wright-designed buildings originally nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. Despite many meetings and several overseas phone calls with the ICOMOS officials,…

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World Heritage Nomination Update

The Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage Council working on the nomination for Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright continues to work on a revised nomination, which will be considered for the 2019 World Heritage meeting. The committee is collaborating with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), which is the technical agency that reviews, analyzes and advises on nominations submitted for inscription on the World Heritage List….

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Wright World Heritage Nomination Update

We have news to report on the U.S. nomination of 10 Frank Lloyd Wright sites to the UNESCO World Heritage List. After meeting in Istanbul the weekend of July 16, 2016, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to “refer” the Wright nomination, meaning some revision and supplementary information will be required by the committee for the nomination to be considered in a future year. The decision—made the day after an…

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