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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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Richardson House: A Tale of Three Families

By Lacey Sikora

The Stuart Richardson House in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, will soon have new stewards. Designed in 1941 for an actuary and his wife, the home was the result of consultations with Wright when he was in New York City designing the Guggenheim Museum. The Richardsons constructed the house in 1951 with input from the architect. Margot Richardson Aronson recalls that her father, Stuart, dreamed of becoming an architect and when…

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Wright Report: Building Updates and Conservancy Action

Photo by Patrick J. Mahoney

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is happy to announce that it now holds a preservation easement on the Hoffman House in Rye, New York. The house was sold in mid-March, and the previous owner encouraged the new owner to donate an easement to the Conservancy as a part of the sales agreement. We thank both parties and look forward to a positive relationship with the new owner. The St. Louis…

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From Wright Tour Guide to Wright Homeowner

By Lacey Sikora

Photo by Maksim Akelin

The Bertha and Sol Friedman House, the first Wright designed for his planned Usonia community in Pleasantville, New York, has found a new set of stewards. The new owners of the 1948 house, Jane and Brian Renz, are Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy members and longtime fans of Wright’s work. Brian Renz notes that he grew up and attended graduate school in Chicago, so he always had an interest in…

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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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