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WRIGHT REPORT: BUILDING UPDATES AND CONSERVANCY ACTION

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was recently selected to move forward in the application process for The National Fund for Sacred Places, a grant-making program of Partners for Sacred Places (PSP) in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Out of 178 letters of intent received, 32 were selected to move forward. PSP expects to invite 14-16 congregations into the next round of the program. The Conservancy met with leaders from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in April for an introductory meeting as they begin their process for preservation planning.

In March Conservancy preservation programs manager John Waters and Conservancy board member Dan Nichols met with owners of units in Wright’s Suntop Homes to discuss preservation issues. Suntop Homes, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore, was designed in 1938 for Otto Tod Mallery, an economist with the federal government. As will be discussed in an article by Michael Desmond in the upcoming issue of SaveWright, the four-unit complex is unique in Wright’s built work, but is a part of his larger goal of creating affordable housing for the American middle class. From a preservation standpoint the complex provides an unusual and instructive comparison of four units that were originally identical, but have evolved over the last 80 years to meet the needs of their individual owners, while still retaining the key elements of their original concept.

The owner of the Haynes House in Fort Wayne, Indiana, have made a request to the Indiana State Historic Preservation Office to have the property removed from the National Register of Historic Places, stating its condition no longer meets the National Register criteria for listing. The Conservancy has communicated its concern over the request and expressed its support for the continued listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Kalita Humphreys Theater at Turtle Creek Conservancy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is working to preserve Wright’s only freestanding theater, located in the heart of Dallas, Texas. The organization has been working to encourage the Dallas City Council to formally adopt a master plan that will transform the theater campus into an enduring cultural asset, and its mission has been gaining more support and momentum as evidenced by sold-out crowds at recent public presentations. The Conservancy has been providing counsel over the last six months and is a Special Founding Adviser to the Kalita Humphreys Theater at Turtle Creek Conservancy. More information on how you can get involved can be found on the org’s website.

The Coonley Playhouse in Riverside, Illinois, will be going on the market soon for the first time in 40 years. The Conservancy has reached out to the owner and Realtor to offer assistance with the listing.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Suntop Homes

Kalita Humphreys Theater

Coonley Playhouse

Posted on May 30, 2018

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