Virtual Conference 2020: Saving Wright Now

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s virtual conference, Saving Wright Now, offers an unprecedented chance to convene the global community of Wright specialists and aficionados from November 11-14, 2020. Preservationists, homeowners and public site leaders will participate in live panel discussions and open their doors to attendees through video and photographic tours. Without leaving home, journey to nearly twenty sites, many not regularly open to visitors—an itinerary that spans Wright’s career and reaches from his Midwestern origins to Japan. Join us as we examine the current state of the movement to save Wright and celebrate the vital role that our strong community plays.

Registration Information

All conference sessions will stream live on the conference website, and are included with registration except as otherwise noted. Most session recordings will remain available to registrants to watch for 30 days. AIA continuing education credits will be available.

To register online and pay via credit card, click the button below. If you need to pay by other means, have questions, or require assistance, please contact the office at or 312.663.5500.

Registration rates are as follows:

  • $150: Non-Member Registration (includes a one year Friend-level membership to the Conservancy)
  • $100: Member Registration (requires a discount code emailed to all members)
  • $50: Public Site Registration (for employees and leadership-level volunteers at public Wright sites)
  • $25: Student Registration (proof of enrollment will be requested)

A limited number of competitive scholarships that cover the cost of conference registration are available to young professionals and graduate students in architecture and historic preservation. The application deadline is Friday, October 16. Learn more about the John G. Thorpe Young Professionals & Students Fellowship. 

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Conference Agenda

All times given are Central Standard Time. Details remain subject to change.

Wednesday, November 11

3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Keynote: Preserving Wright in a Time of Change
Justin Gunther, Director, Fallingwater

6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Wright Sites x PechaKucha
Free & open to the public. Confirmed presenters:
-Host: Marta Wojcik, Westcott House (Springfield, Ohio)
-Libby Garrison, Marin County Civic Center (San Rafael, California)
-Amanda Hu, David & Gladys Wright House (Phoenix, Arizona)
-Queena Ko, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, New York)
-Doug LaBrecque, Meyer House (Galesburg, Michigan)
-Cat Lenhart, Carolyn and Harold Price, Jr. House (Bartlesville, Oklahoma)
-Mary Beth Peterson, Laurent House (Rockford, Illinois)
-Hannah Shaw, Hollyhock House (Los Angeles, California)
-Steve Sikora, Willey House (Minneapolis, Minnesota)


Thursday, November 12

10:00 a.m. — 10:25 a.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Meeting
Open to all conference registrants & Conservancy members.

10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Roundtable: The Future of the Wright Public Site
Confirmed presenters:
-Moderator: Mary Roberts, Martin House (Buffalo, New York)
-Jill Greenwood, Weltzheimer/Johnson House (Oberlin, Ohio)
-Libby Jordan, Rosenbaum House (Florence, Alabama)
-Mike Lilek, Burnham Block (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
-Carrie Rodamaker, Taliesin Preservation (Spring Green, Wisconsin)

12:00 p.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Wright Virtual Visits: Taliesin West & Unity Temple
Free & open to the public via Facebook – check back for link. Go live with side-by-side video exploring a shared theme across two Wright sites, and hear from the co-organizers of this popular collaboration with over twenty public Wright sites. Confirmed presenters:
-Host: Eric Rogers, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
-Jeff Goodman, Taliesin West
-Heidi Ruehle, Unity Temple

12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Lunch Meet-Up for Current and Past Thorpe Fellows
By invitation only.

3:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Roundtable & Tour: Prairie Houses for the 21st Century
Session sponsored by Indow. Confirmed presenters:
-Moderator: Douglas Gilbert, architect
-Amy & Eric Bauer, Baker House (Glencoe, Illinois)
-John Eifler, Dorothy and William Ross House (Glencoe, Illinois)
-Andrea Kayne and Andy Mead, Laura Gale House (Oak Park, Illinois)

5:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Leadership Circle Reception & Tour of Teater’s Knoll
By invitation only to Conservancy members at the Leadership Circle level or above. Learn more about membership.
Hosted by Henry Whiting II, Teater’s Knoll (Bliss, Idaho)


Friday, November 13

10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Roundtable & Tour: Partners in Advocacy: Saving Booth Cottage
Confirmed presenters:
-Moderator: Barbara Gordon, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
-Karen Ettelson, Glencoe Historical Society
-Phil Kiraly, Village of Glencoe
-Carmen Korleski, TAWANI Foundation and Emil Bach House
-Lisa Sheppard, Glencoe Park District
-Peter Van Vechten, Glencoe Historic Preservation Commission

3:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Roundtable & Tours: Last Resorts: Relocation of Wright Structures
Confirmed presenters:
-Moderator: Tim Quigley, architect
-Kim Knox, Gordon House (Silverton, Oregon)
-Tom Papenchak, Polymath Park: Lindholm House and Duncan House (Acme, Pennsylvania)
-Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino, former owners of Bachman-Wilson House (Bentonville, Arkansas)
-Ashley Wilson, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Pope-Leighey House (Alexandria, Virginia)

7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Homeowners & Public Sites Preservation Happy Hour
By invitation only to homeowners and public site administrators.
Preservation tours with Ryan Hewson (Hillside Theater curtain restoration, Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin) and Ted Muntz (Lovness Estate, Stillwater, Minnesota).


Saturday, November 14

10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Roundtable & Tours: Preserving Wright’s Usonian Automatics
Confirmed presenters:
-Moderator: Larry Woodin, Tracy House (Normandy Park, Washington)
-Safina Uberoi, Tonkens House (Cincinnati, Ohio)
-Norm Morgan and Dale Silk, Turkel House (Detroit, Michigan)

5:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
Roundtable & Tours: Preserving Wright in Japan
Confirmed presenters:
-Moderator: Jane King Hession, writer & architectural historian
-Yutaka Mizukami, University of Hyogo
-Koichi Mori and Karen Severns, Tokyo-based Wright experts, KiSMet Productions

7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Gala: Wright Spirit Awards & Silent Auction
Free & open to the public. Featuring the presentation of the 2020 Wright Spirit Awards, underwritten by Ron and Jan Scherubel, and highlights from the Conservancy’s annual silent auction.


Sunday, November 15

5:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion about the film: Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece
To attend this unofficial post-conference event, a discussion of the forthcoming film, purchase a ticket to stream the film, which you can do anytime from October 30-November 15. Proceeds from the sale of tickets support wider distribution of the film and benefit Unity Temple, Fallingwater, Taliesin, Taliesin West, and Hollyhock House. Check back for the link to purchase tickets. Confirmed presenters:
-Moderator: Lauren Levine, filmmaker
-Gunny Harboe, architect
-Dorothy Krotzer, historic preservation expert
-Joe Siry, architectural historian
-Julie Sloan, stained glass consultant

Conference Sponsors

Presenting Partner

TAWANI Property Management


Major Partner
Safina Uberoi and Lukas Ruecker

Conference Partner
Kelly Jones

George Meyer
Indow, session sponsor: Prairie Houses for the 21st Century
SC Johnson

Architectural Resources Group
CYLA Design Associates, Inc. Landscape Architecture & Planning
Heritage Tile
The Kubala Washatko Architects
Westcott House

Wright Spirit Awards
Underwritten by Ron and Jan Scherubel

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Posted on September 25, 2020

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