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Glencoe Historical Society Acquires Lease to Move Booth Cottage

A major hurdle to saving the endangered Booth Cottage in Glencoe, Illinois, was crossed on Jan. 21 when the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners passed a land lease agreement with the Glencoe Historical Society (GHS) to allow the nonprofit to move and maintain the Wright-designed cottage in Park 7N in Glencoe, near the Ravine Bluffs neighborhood in which it’s currently located. The vote passed 4-1, on the condition that…

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UPDATED: Lykes House Sold at Auction

UPDATED 10/17/19: The Lykes House in Phoenix, Arizona, considered Wright’s last residential design, has sold for nearly $1.7 million at auction Oct. 16. Heritage Auctions held the auction without a reserve price. Wright created the design for the house just days before his death in 1959. John Rattenbury of Taliesin Associated Architects, Wright’s successor firm, brought the house to completion in 1968. The Associated Press reports: Out of nearly 20 bids…

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UPDATED: Conservancy, National Trust Oppose Demo for Wright Home Visitor Center

Updated Sept. 6, 2019 The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust issued a statement that they will not exercise their option to appeal the decision of the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission, but instead will reconsider its plan. Updated Aug. 29, 2019 At a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, the Village of Oak Park’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously not to issue the Certificates of Appropriateness to remove additions on the…

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UPDATED: Sondern House Sold at Auction

UPDATE 8/12/19: Our sources in Kansas City report that the Sondern House sold at auction today after active bidding. The Conservancy always keeps homeowner and sale price information confidential. We’ll share more info once it becomes public. Wright’s Sondern House (1939) in Kansas City, Missouri, has been listed for auction by Heritage Auctions. The auction is to be held August 12, 2019, and will be “without reserve.” In other words,…

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UPDATED: Show Your Support to Keep Booth Cottage in Glencoe

UPDATE 1/14/20: Over the last six months, the Glencoe Historical Society has been working with the Village of Glencoe to find a preservation solution to save the Booth Cottage and keep it within the local community of Glencoe. The Conservancy has closely monitored the status of the cottage, which was subject to a demolition delay that expired on Nov. 30, 2019. To preserve the cottage, the Historical Society and the…

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