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Reading the Signs

By Marsha Shyer, Owner, Brandes House

“Bring out the nature of the materials. Let their nature intimately into your scheme. The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright   In the first couple of years after we bought Frank Lloyd Wright’s Brandes House, in Sammamish, Washington, I noticed an unusual pleasure. In late January, the…

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Virginia Ernst Kazor, 1940-2021

Photo by (c) Mark Hertzberg

Virginia Ernst Kazor, whose passion for preservation was matched only by her dedication to friends and family, passed away peacefully in her Los Angeles home on Wednesday September 8th, 2021. Born in Detroit, Michigan, to Frederic and Margorie Ernst, she graduated from Marymount High School and the University of Southern California. Torn between two interests, she studied architecture but graduated with a B.A. in Art History. Upon graduating she was…

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2021 Wright Spirit Award Honorees Announced

Photo by John Waters, AIA (DeRhodes House)

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy announces the 2021 recipients of the Wright Spirit Award, which recognizes owners and stewards of Wright buildings and others who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to preserving and restoring the remaining built works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and enhancing appreciation of Wright’s legacy. This year’s Wright Spirit Awards will be presented during the Conservancy’s annual conference in Buffalo, New York, and online. The…

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