The Chicago Reader has a an article on the Auditorium Theater and the 125th anniversary of its opening.

It was an architectural and engineering marvel, a mammoth Romanesque block of limestone and granite, sporting an 18-story tower and floating on a raftlike foundation of railroad ties, concrete, and steel set in a bed of Chicago clay

Frank Lloyd Wright was a young draftsman for Adler & Sullivan when the building was built, and was responsible for some of the interior designs. More importantly, with building was an example to the yourg Wright of the integration of science and design: Adler was an acknowledged master of acoustics and his innovative foundation system made the vast building viable on Chicago's soggy ground; Sullivan's carefully thought out visual program was an exapmle of merging big ideas every aspect of the design. It also gave Wright his first experience of being at the center of a high-profile project that had the attention of the entire country.

Auditorium Building's 125th

December 9 marked the 125th anniversary of the opening of Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theater. The Chicago Sun-Times published two short pieces on the history of the great building: Some Key Moments in the Auditorium Theater's 125-year History and Movies once a featured attraction at 125-year-old Auditorium Theater. The Huffington Post has a blog post on the theater's strengths as a cultural venue (and, as only the Huffington Post can do, manages to miss the signifigance of the Auditorium Theater as a venue in an article on the Auditorum Theater as a venue).

Update on the Bachman Wilson House

The Art Newspaper has an update on the Usonian house moved piece by peice from New Jersey to Arkansas in two 53' shipping containers.

Dismantling fell to the Tarantinos, with each piece carefully inventoried and labelled, and in April, the house, together with its fixtures and furnishings, arrived in Arkansas in two 53ft containers. “Getting it here was a real milestone; it arrived in a thousand individually wrapped pieces,” says Scott Eccleston, the director of grounds and facilities at the museum. “Each piece is stamped and has a drawing attached to it, so we know exactly how it fits into the structure,” he says. “Having these drawings offers me some peace of mind that the reconstruction will, hopefully, go smoothly.”

Reassembling the house will begin later this month, and it will open for tours next summer.

125 Years of the Auditorium Building

On December 9, the 125th anniversary of Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Building will be celebrated with a gala hosted by actor John Mahoney and featuring performances by Patti LuPone (whose great-grand aunt performed at the Auditorium Building's open gala in 1889), the Joffrey Ballet and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago.

After the event, there will be celebratory dinner at the Palmer House Hilton.

Tickets performance are $35-125. Tickets including the gala dinner begin at $500. More information is availiable by calling 800.982.ARTS (2787).

The celebration continues through the 2014-2015 season -- details can be seen on the Auditorium Theater's website.

DNAinfo --a news outfit for chicago neighboorhoods -- has an update on the efforts to fund repairs from the recent flood damage to the Charnley House in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.

During heavy rains in August, a collapsed pipe in the street allowed water to back up into the house, entering through a second floor powder room then down through the first floor living room then down to a basement, causing extensive damage. A survey to determine the extent of the damage has begun. It is expected that at least some of the repairs will be covered by insurance.

The Charnley-Persky House was designed in 1891 and completed in 1892. The house is a rare surviving example of Louis Sullivan's residential designs. Frank Lloyd Wright contributed to the design, but to what extent is unknown and debated. The house is an example of the pivotal moment in modern architecture after the completion of the Auditorium Building and the begining of Wright's carreer as an independant architect.

The house is currently the home of The Society of Architectural Historians.

FLW School of Architecture May Retain Accreditation

The New York Times reported that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation may be willing to spin the School of Architecure off into an independant enitty, meeting a reccently-enacted requirement of the Higher Learning Commission. The Foundation had bben concerned that losing control of the school would lead to a change of its unique approach to achitecture and teaching methods.

St. Crispin's Day

St. Crispin is the parton saint of cobblers, leather workers and tanners -- union guys. It makes sense that St. Crispin's day marks the start of Get Out the Vote season -- which makes this appropriate:

King Harry knows a thing or two about motivating volunteers. And, he's clearly a Democrat:

We are but warriors for the working-day; Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirch'd With rainy marching in the painful field; There's not a piece of feather in our host-- Good argument, I hope, we will not fly-- And time hath worn us into slovenry: But, by the mass, our hearts are in the trim;

Just Sayin'

Wisconsin has same-day voter registration

If you do what I do most election years, this is like living in the land of milk and honey (in your case, literaly, the land of fired cheese curds, good football and better architecture).

Mary Burke is close, or very slightly ahead in the polls -- it's in your power to stop the Frank Lloyd Wright Newsblog from obsessing about Scott Walker for the next four years.

Better, you can volunteer -- you'll feel like you can claim a tiny piece of a sweet victory and likely get invited to a fun election-night party.

Wisconnsin voter information is here.

You can help the Burke campaign here.

If you are in a union, they'd love for you to volunteer through them -- and they generally have better snacks and doughnuts for volunteers.

Touring Wingspread

SC Johnson and the Johnson Foundation have added Herbert F. Johnson's home, Wingspread to its tour options. They have also expanded the tour season through December (handy if, say, you joined a political campaign and have hardly seen your wife and child since mid-August, and likely won't see them again until the first Wednesday in November).

Wright designed Wingspread for Herbert Johnson in the late 1930s, at the same time he designed SC Johnson's corporate headquarters in nearby Racine. The house is grand (14,000 square feet) with a careful mix of elegant public areas and intimate family space. Wright was extordinarily prod of the house and its high level of workmanship -- he even refered to it as the last Prairie House.

Until this announcement, tours of Wingspread were sharply limited. As the home of the Johnson Foundation, it's used as a confrence and educational center it was not open on a regular schedule.

Wingspread joins the SC Johnson Research Tower as the newest additions to the tour options of SC Johnson's campus. The tours are free. Here is the link for more information and to book your tour.

For more information about Wingspread, AD Classics has a nice entry on the house, and the Johnson Foundation has a small collection of images of original renderings, plans and photo of Wright and the modle of house.