The Larry Woodin Easement Opportunity Fund, created earlier this year by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, has been established in memory of  long-time Board member and past president Larry Woodin, an internationally-recognized Frank Lloyd Wright expert known for his instrumental involvement in last-minute saves of several important Wright buildings. Larry, who died unexpectedly in July 2021, was a passionate advocate for the preservation and protection of all Wright buildings.  “Larry felt that preservation easements were the best form of protection and worked tirelessly to promote their importance and strength to Wright building owners.  The Conservancy’s Board of Directors sees no better way to honor him than to establish this fund in his honor”, said the Conservancy’s Executive Director Barbara Gordon.

Gifts to the Fund are being matched up to $5,000 thanks to the support of Conservancy Board member Safina Uberoi and Lukas Ruecker, owners of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bagley House in Illinois and Tonkens House in Ohio.

Preservation experts consider easements to be the strongest and best tool to assure the long-term preservation and protection of qualifying historic structures. By donating an easement to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, a building owner is assured that future owners will be legally required to maintain the protections contained within the easement. The Conservancy currently holds easements on 24 Frank Lloyd Wright structures across the country.

Please honor Larry Woodin and help qualified building owners overcome the financial hurdle of donating a preservation easement.  Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Larry Woodin Easement Opportunity Fund by mailing a check to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, 53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 720, Chicago, IL 60604. Or click the button below to donate online.

Questions?  Please contact Barbara Gordon at 312-663-5500 or preservation@savewright.org.

Donate to the Larry Woodin Easement Opportunity Fund

Gifts matched up to $5,000

Larry Woodin Commemoration of Life

On Saturday, July 30, 2022, friends of Larry Woodin and members of the Wright community gathered for a commemoration of Larry’s life at the Brandes House in Sammamish, Washington. The matching challenge for the Larry Woodin Easement Opportunity Fund was announced during the event. Photos of the event are available on the Conservancy’s Flickr and Facebook pages. Thanks to Marsha and John Shyer, who organized and hosted the event, and to Mike Jaynes and Tanya Gazdik for the photos.

Larry Woodin Commemoration of Life at Brandes House photo by Mike Jaynes

Posted August 3, 2022