Jerry Heinzeroth, who established the Laurent House Foundation in order to preserve and steward the Laurent House (1949) in Rockford, Illinois, died unexpectedly on January 19, 2024.

The Conservancy recognized the Laurent House Foundation with a Wright Spirit Award in 2022 for its commitment to preserving and sharing the house and the legacy of Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent.

Mark Hertzberg interviewed Jerry in 2023 about the process of establishing the Laurent House as a museum. He has just shared this story in a post on Wright in Racine.

The Conservancy is saddened to learn of Jerry’s death, and grateful for the tremendous legacy he has left to the Wright community. Executive Director Barbara Gordon said:

Jerry was well-respected in the Wright community for his tireless efforts to make the Laurent House publicly accessible. Under his leadership, he inspired volunteers and supporters to raise significant dollars to acquire and restore the house, and to develop a visitors center. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy awarded the Laurent House Foundation a Wright Spirit Award in 2022 to honor their preservation success. That would not have been a reality without the vision of Barbara and Jerry. Their memory will now live on in that house, which has such an important story to tell future generations.

Posted January 31, 2024