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Public Wright Sites Swap Virtual Visits

Photo by Jill Richards, courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

As social distancing and stay-at-home orders have swept the country, many Frank Lloyd Wright sites that are normally open to the public have had to close their doors, just when they were gearing up for the spring touring season to begin. These measures are crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the staff, volunteers, and visitors who usually fill these extraordinary spaces with life. It is precisely at…

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Kalil House Purchased by Currier Museum of Art

It was a beautiful fall day in Manchester, New Hampshire, as the Kalil House changed hands for the first time from the family of Wright’s original clients to the Currier Museum of Art. Wright designed the house for Mildred and Toufic Kalil in 1955. Toufic’s brother John lived in the house until shortly before his death in February of 2018 at the age of 101. Since then, the family, with…

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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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Announcing 2019 Wright Spirit Award Honorees

The Wright Spirit Awards were established in 1991 to honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to preserving Wright’s legacy. The Conservancy’s Awards Committee selects the honorees from nominations received during an open nomination period. This year’s awards will be presented Saturday, Oct. 5 at a gala dinner during our conference in Los Angeles. Tickets ($175) are available by calling 312.663.5500. “There are so many different people…

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Eight Wright Sites Inscribed to UNESCO World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, has officially inscribed The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, which includes eight major works spanning 50 years of Wright’s career, on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The sites in the group inscription span Wright’s influential career. They include Unity Temple (constructed 1906-1909, Oak Park, Illinois), the Frederick C. Robie House (constructed 1910, Chicago, Illinois), Taliesin (begun 1911, Spring Green, Wisconsin), Hollyhock House (constructed 1918-1921, Los…

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