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How-To: Protect Your Historic House with a Preservation Easement

Photo by Rob Kearns

There are a number of ways to provide for the future protection of historic properties such as those designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The most common way is through the designation of the property as a local landmark. While many local historic preservation ordinances have strong protections, the level of those protections can vary between municipalities, and political pressures can influence the degree to which they are followed. Listing on…

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A Visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at the Avery Library

By John and Marsha Shyer, Owners, Brandes House

Photo by Scot Zimmerman

It was a gorgeous late fall day. Leaves still clung to the trees, shaking as the wind swept through the urban but cloistered beauty of Columbia University’s Upper West Side campus. My husband John and I breathed in the snap of autumn cool as we walked quickly toward the Butler Library, where we were to pick up our credentials, which would allow us to enter the inner sanctum of the…

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As a part of its mission to facilitate the preservation of Wright’s existing structures, the Conservancy continually researches best practices for the preservation and maintenance of those structures. We strive to make information on those practices available to the owners and stewards of Wright-designed structures. As a part of this process, last fall the Conservancy partnered with Emily Butler, a graduate student in the preservation studies program at Tulane University,…

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Sustainable Restoration Practices at the E. Arthur Davenport House

By Paul A. Harding, FAIA

The restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed E. Arthur Davenport House, in River Forest, Illinois, demonstrates that historic preservation and sustainable design share the same goals and objectives. The techniques used to restore an architecturally significant building preserve a cultural resource for future generations while also providing the environmental benefits of conserving energy, reducing waste and supporting a healthier way of life. The Davenport House was the first Prairie School…

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Preserving Wright’s Art Glass

Given the large number of Wright-designed buildings that contain art glass, information on the preservation of these examples of Wright’s work is critical. Stained-glass consultant Julie L. Sloan has provided the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy with an excellent overview on the care of Wright’s art glass that was first published in the Conservancy’s Bulletin in the spring of 1997. This piece remains an extremely helpful guide to the maintaining…

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