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According to Preservation magazine 29 is the magic number of Chicago-area houses that a team of researchers recently identified as Frank Lloyd Wright originals.


Mrs. Thomas Gale House

Mrs. Thomas Gale House

The discoveries “hit us like a ton of bricks,” says team member William Allin Storrer, an adjunct architecture professor at the University of Texas at Austin.


Robie House, Chicago, by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1909

He argues that the houses, previously attributed to other architects, bear the artistic signature of the master himself.

Robert P. Parker House

Robert P. Parker House

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives in Scottsdale, AZ, remains skeptical due to a lack of hard evidence.


Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

Nevertheless, Pfeiffer says, the archives will investigate the assertion.


Francis J. Wooley House

Francis J. Wooley House

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  1. Why didnt I think about this? I hear exactly what youre saying and Im so happy that I came across your blog. You really know what youre talking about, and you made me feel like I should learn more about this. Thanks for this; Im officially a huge fan of your blog

  2. It is incredibly refreshing to hear about efforts to preserve the Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois, which is the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home originally commissioned to be wheelchair-accessible. Completed in 1952 on a stretch of then-rural land four and a half miles outside the heart of Rockford’s downtown.

    Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent are the home’s original owners and still reside in the house. They are 92 years old and had a wonderful relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Laurent, confined to a wheelchair as a result of injuries sustained in World War II, “challenged the master” to design an accessible home. Completed in 1952, the Laurent House was fully accessible some 40 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. Mr. Laurent credits his home with giving him the will and motivation to live – and to do so fully. He noted that the home has allowed him to focus on his ability rather than his disability.

  3. You don’t need to be an architect to understand how La Miniatura in Pasadena, the first of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extraordinary and experimental textile-block homes, was put together. It’s a form of masonry: rows of patterned concrete blocks serving not just as decoration but as the supporting walls of the house.

    So it’s easy enough to picture how La Miniatura could be taken apart, block by block, to be rebuilt elsewhere. Which is exactly what Crosby Doe, the veteran Los Angeles real estate agent, says could happen.

    After slashing the listing price over the last two years from $7,733,000 to $4,995,000 and not finding a buyer, Doe says he’s “talking to an international art dealer with Japanese art-collector clients who might be interested in buying the house.”
    “With my position in the preservation community, I will probably be crucified for
    saying this,” says Doe. “But we have to consider all options. We moved the London
    Bridge to the Colorado River. Why couldn’t we move this house to Japan?”

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  6. Inaugural Los Angeles County Preservation Fund Awards Announced

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the first grant winners for the inaugural Los Angeles County Preservation Fund,
    awarding money to twelve historic and culturally significant sites and programs across Los Angeles County.

    Among the twelve winners of an inaugural Los Angeles County Preservation Fund grant are: the oldest handball court in East Los Angeles; a 1960s playground designed by Mexican-born Benjamin Dominguez, a survey of the Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. designed City of Torrance, and the two gateways of Los Angeles Chinatown. Click here to learn more about all twelve

  7. Внимательно изучил данную информацию. Кому как, а мне понравился материал. Всё чётко и конкретно!

  8. Every year, Money magazine rates America’s 100 best small towns to live. In the August 2009 issue, we were thrilled to see that 10 out of the 100 were
    Main Street towns. This year’s list includes Liberty, Mo.; Suwanee, Ga.; Medina, Ohio; Rochester, Mich.; Mt. Airy, Md.; Batavia, Ill.; Simsbury, Conn.; Pewaukee, Wisc.; Emmaus, Penn.; and Concord, N.H.

  9. ‘My first impressions? Of peace, of beauty abounding, of an old-world graciousness and elegance of line. And there was something more too: a deep-dwelling spiritual presence that seemed to emanate from the earth itself…”

    That’s the narrator’s description of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed home, in the latest novel by T.C. Boyle. The words also capture how Mr. Boyle felt when he first glimpsed his house: a sprawling “summer cottage” here, designed by Mr. Wright.


  10. Just last month, Hanley Wood’s Builder ranked Houston the “healthiest” housing market in the nation. But when you get on the ground, things appear far less sanguine.

    Particularly hard hit has been the once-vibrant inner city condominium market, which has been attracting a whole new generation of young professionals to urban living. Now some condominiums, suggests developer Tim Cisneros, are being abandoned by younger workers who have become the prime victims of a contracting economy. As seen in other regions, others are turning to rentals as potential buyers fail to qualify even at Houston’s reasonable prices.

  11. While luxury beachfront condos and Rust Belt homes fall into foreclosure around the country, an often overlooked corner of the market is the middle class sector. In Ithaca, it’s the strongest nationwide, according to Zillow.com, a research firm that draws data from multiple listing services.

    It’s the same story in Winston-Salem, N.C., Utica, N.Y., and Spartanburg, S.C. Home prices in the middle of these markets are up 3.4%, 3.3% and 3%, respectively. Over the same period of time the national market dropped 16%, according to the S&P Case-Shiller Index.

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Jodi Summers
Sotheby’s International Realty

Jodi Summers Bio

With $100,000,000 in listed inventory, Jodi Summers understands the coastal commercial real estate market. A top producer with Sotheby’s International Realty, Jodi knows finance, rules, regulations, procedures and methods. She is accurate, knowledgeable, timely and aware of how government shapes the cities of Southern California.

Jodi is born in Brooklyn, raised in and around Manhattan – the family business was marketing, Madison Avenue style. Childhood math quiz questions calculated demographic and psychographic percentages or analyzed the allocation of adverting dollars. Word games were for devising slogans.

An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Jodi moved to California to achieve her goal of living by the beach with a palm tree and a hibiscus bush in her yard.
She thrived as an entrepreneur in the entertainment, media and marketing industries. One of her books, “Marking and Marketing Music,” is in second edition.

“My marketing and communication skills have proven to be a true gift when it comes to promoting real estate,” observes Jodi. “And I am consistently able to get an exceptionally high price per square foot for my sellers.”

Discipline (Jodi holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), organization, motivation, excellent communication skills and knowing & satisfying the needs of her clients have been her essentials for running a successful business. A passion for investment real estate explains her emphasis in asset-yielding properties.

Her team joined Sotheby’s International Realty for the company’s powerful brand and stellar reputation.
“We offer the broad market knowledge needed to assist clients in formulating a sound acquisition strategy,” Jodi amplifies. “Together, we evaluate various markets, property types and neighborhoods to devise a customized approach that meets each client’s specific objectives.”

Jodi is a member of the Action Apartment Association of Westside income property owners, the Santa Monica Conservancy historic preservation society, the Ocean Park Association, the Friends of Sunset Park community group, the Real Estate Investors Club of L.A., and the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. Members of her team are fluent in Spanish and Italian.

“Our reputation assures your satisfaction.”


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