All Wright Walk 2014: Unity Temple (1905)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple was the only Wright designed building included on the 2014 All Wright House Walk that was not a house, unless you consider the structure as a house of worship.

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Frank Lloyd Wright, Unity Temple (1905-1908), Oak Park, IL.

Unity Temple, perhaps one of Wright’s finest works, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1970.1

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Unity Temple, motto (exterior detail).

According to the brochure that accompanied the All Wright 2014 tour, there are more than one hundred art glass windows within the building; a fine example is shown here

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Unity Temple, art glass inset (exterior detail).

The columns of Unity Temple’s facade features a hollyhock motif one of Wright’s recurring designs, used in several of his buildings from this the period.

imageUnity Temple, balastrade on the front facade (exterior detail).

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A dramatic view of the exterior of Unity Temple at night.

For more information on Unity Temple visit the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation Web site.

All photos credit: Bill Bowen © 2014.

Reference

1. Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, (2014). All Wright Walk [Brochure].

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All Wright Walk 2014: Arthur B. Heurtley House

imageFrank Lloyd Wright, Arthur B. Heurtley House (1902), Oak Park IL.
Photo Credit: Bill Bowen Copyright 2014.

The Arthur B. Huertley House is one of the finest examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie homes. Built, in 1092 for banker Arthur B. Huertley and his family, the home features a “broad chimney, low-hipped roof, deep overhangs, concrete base and tapered walls”1. Wright used two colors of brick in contrasting horizontal bands to emphasize the building’s horizontal lines and convey a sense of hugging the land.

Like Wright’s earlier William G. Fricke House (1901), the Heurtley House features a prow shaped porch pictured in the above photo flanked by two enormous planters.

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All Wright Walk 2014: William G. Fricke House (1901)

The William G. Fricke house is, much like his William Martin House (1903), one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie homes that accentuates the vertical rather than the horizontal.1

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Frank Lloyd Wright, William G. Fricke House (1901), Oak Park IL.

The overhanging eaves and raised wood banding are striking elements of the structure’s architecture design.

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Frank Lloyd Wright, William G. Fricke House (1901) entrance, Oak Park IL.

The Fricke House features a distinctive prow like Wright’s later work, the Peter A. Beachy House (1906).

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Frank Lloyd Wright, William G. Fricke House (1901) exterior detail, Oak Park IL.

All photos credit: Bill Bowen © 2014.

Reference

1. Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, (2014). All Wright Walk [Brochure].

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All Wright Walk 2014: Hills-DeCaro House (1906)

It is difficult to believe that Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hills-DeCaro House (1906) was originally a Stick-style house that Wright was commissioned to remodel by Nathan Moore who the property next door. It is even more difficult to believe that most of the existing structure was rebuilt in the late 1970’s after a devastating fire destroyed all but the first floor of the home. The home is jointly named for the home’s original owners the Hills and for the DeCaros who restored the home close to Wright’s original vision.

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Frank Lloyd Wright, Hills-DeCaro House (1906, restored 1977-78), Oak Park, IL.

With steeply pitched roofs and flared eaves, the home is an example of Japanese influence on Wright’s architecture after his 1905 trip there. The Peter A. Beachy House also exhibits this Eastern style.

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Hills-DeCaro House exterior detail of roof and eaves.

imageA restored ticket booth from 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition graces the home’s side yard.

All photos credit: Bill Bowen © 2014.

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All Wright Walk 2014: Isabel Roberts House (1908)

This past May, Design and Desire in the Twentieth Century celebrated our fourth anniversary by going on the road to attend the Frank Lloyd Wright Trusts’ All Wright 2014 house walk and fundraiser.

The Trust is also celebrating an important anniversary (although much more significant than ours), the 125th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois. To mark this occasion, this year’s house walk features all Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes — including one home seldom open to the public, the Isabel Roberts House in neighboring River Forest.

Early in her career Isabel Roberts worked as a draftsman in Wright’s Oak Studio. According to the brochure that accompanied the All Wright Walk, Wright designed the structure a home for Miss Roberts, her mother and an unmarried sister. Miss Roberts later moved to Florida and established her own architectural firm there.

In 1927 new owners made changes to the home’s exterior. They hired as the project’s architect, William Drummond whose own home can be seen in the background of this photo.

The home changed owners again and in 1955 the current owners “persuaded Wright himself to remodel the interior.”1 Wright updated the flooring and woodwork and added a dramatic stepped ceiling consistent with the style of the interiors of architect’s 1950s Usonian buildings.

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Left Frank Lloyd Wright, Isabel Roberts House (1908), River Forest, IL.
Right: William E. Drummond House (1909)

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Frank Lloyd Wright, Isabel Roberts House (1908), River Forest, IL.

All photos credit: Bill Bowen © 2014.

Reference

1. Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, (2014). All Wright Walk [Brochure].

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Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal at MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is currently running Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, an exhibition that explores the architect’s philosophy regarding the development of the American City during the period between the two World Wars. Wright’s iconic large-scale model for “Broadacre City" is the centerpiece of the show, which features drawings, architectural models and films that were included in the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

For details visit MoMA’s web site. The show runs now through June 1, 2014.

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Frank Lloyd Wright. Drawings for Broadacre City Project, (1932).
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SAVED: 1954 Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1954 Usonian home, the Bachman Wilson House, has been purchased by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Increasingly threatened by floods in its original location in New Jersey, the structure will be disassembled and moved a thousand miles to its new home.

According to ArchDaily.com, which posted the news regarding the Bachman Wilson House, “In light of the threat to the building, this approach was supported by both the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Borough of Millstone Historic District Commission.”

Read more about the preservation of the Bachman Wilson House on ArchDaily.com.


Frank Lloyd Wright, Bachman Wilson House, Millwood, NJ (1954).
Photo credit: © Tarantino Studio 2013; courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
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Frank Lloyd Wright Desk Withdrawn from Sotheby’s Auction

Thank you to our friend Dave @ Daltons American Decorative Arts for sharing this news item from the ArtInfo blog on auction house Sotheby’s decision to remove from last month’s important 20th century design auction a desk and chair form the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The S.C. Johnson Company sued Sotheby’s to remove the items from the sale claiming the desk and chair had been stolen.

Read details on ArtInfo.com.

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Frank Lloyd Wright, S. C. Johnson Wax Administration Building Desk (1938).

Source: http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/files/2013/12/095N09058_76GWC1.jpg

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Edgar Tafel Archive Open For Research

Edgar A. Tafel

William Bowen (editor’s husband) receives first-hand accounts of working with Frank Lloyd Wright from Edgar A. Tafel at the Grove Park Inn Arts and Crafts Conference, February 1996. Photo credit: Joanne Capella.
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Edgar Tafel may not be the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of significant Twentieth Century architects, but Mr. Tafel, as one of Frank Lloyd Wright's earliest apprentices at Talesin, occupies a particular place in Twentieth Century architectural history.

Tafel recounted his experiences working on Wright’s most important private residence, Fallingwater, in his book Years with Frank Lloyd Wright: Apprentice to Genius. Mr. Tafel was a renown architect in his own right. According to Tafel’s obituary in the New York Times,” Mr. Tafel designed 80 houses, 35 religious buildings and 3 college campuses, among other projects.” Edgar Tafel died in January 2011.

The archive of Mr. Tafel’s work and papers at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department has now been cataloged and is open for research. Thank you goes our to our friends at PrairieMod for passing the news along to us.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s A.D. German Warehouse Has a New Owner

There’s great news out of Richland Center, Wisconsin for Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s Web site (savewright.org) reports that Wright’s A.D. German Warehouse (1916-1921) has recently been purchased by a local resident. According to the Building Conservancy’s Web site:

The property was purchased from the estate of Harvey Glanzer and closed on August 15. The buyer wishes to remain anonymous and did not wish to disclose the amount of the sale. 

The site further states that the new owner is currently working with local organizations for future plans for the building and its adaptive reuse.

Read the entire press release on savewright.org.

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Frank Lloyd Wright, A.D. German Warehouse (1916-1921), Richland Center, Wisconsin.
Source: http://www.savewright.org/index.php?t=news_focus&story_id=105 

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