The first of our new regular Wright Report posts provides brief updates on just a few of the Wright buildings that we have been working with in recent months.
As the only organization dedicated to the preservation of all of Wright’s built work—nearly 400 structures all over the United States and in Japan—the Conservancy is actively engaged with many different building owners and stewards throughout the year. The staff and board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy work together with many important Conservancy members and local preservation organizations across the country to provide technical assistance, advocacy and real estate services as a means of fulfilling our mission to save Wright.
Lockridge Medical Clinic
The Conservancy continues to work with local advocates and the Montana Preservation Alliance on the fate of Lockridge Medical Clinic in Whitefish, Montana. While we thank the new owner for postponing and revisiting the original plans to demolish the building and redevelop the site, the future of the building and site remain in serious jeopardy. This continues to be one of the Conservancy’s highest priority cases.
Reconstruction of the Lindholm House in Acme, Pennsylvania, is underway with the concrete blockwork now complete, including priming and painting of the block per the original design. The roof framing and sheathing is nearly complete. The goal is to get the enclosure completed prior to the onset of winter, so interior work can commence. New owner Tom Papinchak is meticulous in his work and is in touch with Conservancy board members Tim Quigley and Pat Mahoney regularly.
In late October, the Conservancy’s Preservation Programs Manager John Waters, along with Gregory Dowell, an architect with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE), did a walk-through of the Walser House in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. The Conservancy has facilitated the donation of WJE’s pro bono services to provide the owner with a physical assessment of the 1903 Prairie-style house. This assessment will help the owner prioritize necessary work to stabilize the house.
The Blossom House in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood has undergone a thorough exterior restoration that is nearing completion. For several years the condition of the house had been a cause for some concern, and the Conservancy has been monitoring the situation. New owners have replaced deteriorating wood clapboard siding and details, giving new life to this 1892 house, an early experiment by Wright with overt classicism. The exterior of the house’s 1907 Prairie-style garage is also being restored.
Thaxton House and Lewis House
Wright properties in Florida and Texas, where recent storms have been unprecedented, seem to be safe. Our contacts at Preservation Houston report that the Thaxton House in Houston did not take on any water, as it is on high enough ground to have avoided the rising bayou. Our friends at the Spring House Institute at the George and Clifton Lewis House in Tallahassee also report they were spared from the recent hurricanes that swept the state of Florida.
David and Gladys Wright House
A number of Conservancy board members, in Phoenix for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s gala at Taliesin West, attended an event at the David and Gladys Wright House, where they learned about some of the future plans for securing the building’s landmark designation and its incorporation into the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
Three Wright-designed houses are listed for sale in Wright’s Ravine Bluffs community in the suburb of Glencoe, Illinois: the Kier House, Booth House and the newly listed Booth Summer Cottage. The Conservancy remains vigilant in working to ensure that preservation-minded buyers are found for these homes. In particular, the Booth Summer Cottage could be viewed as a potential teardown candidate and has only honorary landmark status.
Posted on November 15, 2017