Wright Society Virtual Summit

The Wright Society is offering a free (read: FREE!) on-line summit on Frank Lloyd Wright's early years:

This event is the first of its kind—an opportunity for 1000+ geographically dispersed Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts to gather online and conveniently watch daily expert interviews (for free) over the course of two days with well-known scholars.

Note that "well-known scholars" in this instance is not marketing-goof speak for "people-we-could-get-to-work-for-free" but actual, rock-god-level Frank Lloyd Wright experts: Tim Samuelson, Margo Stipe, Pauline Saliga, Sidney Robinson, John Eifler.

The event runs March 25-26. You'll need to register in advance (for FREE!) and you'll have 24 hours to watch the sessions.

Go here for more information.

If you miss this, I'll be very disappointed in you.

Storer House Links

The sale price for the Storer House was a record $6.8 million. A record for a Wright-designed home.

In 2002, movie producer Joel Silver had difficulty finding a buyer when the house was priced at $3.5 million. He eventually sold it for $2.8 million.

Unsurprisingly, a $6.8 million house has a damn nice website

Wikipedia article.

V.C. Morris Gift Shop

Here's a good article with fantastic photography of the V.C. Morris Gift Shop in San Francisco. Designed at mid-point of Wright's work on New York's Guggenheim Museum, it was something of testing ground for the signature features Wright's high profile east coast project. Though the V.C. Morris Gift Shop is long gone, the building is still used for its original purpose; it's home to Xanadu Gallery, a specialist in Asian art and antiques.

via: Political Wire:

The Washington Post says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut the University of Wisconsin’s funding by 13% is mostly about presidential politics.

“It is unusual for a governor pondering a presidential run to take on what could be an all-consuming political brawl at home — and a distraction from the coast-to-coast travel and fundraising required to build a national campaign.”

“But the university budget debate has a clear upside for Walker, who is shaping his political brand around the idea that he does not shy away from a fight. Whether or not he succeeds in transforming the universities, the battle itself, coming in the midst of Walker’s effort to rise above a crowded field of prospective Republican presidential candidates, is likely to play well with conservative voters who see universities as elite institutions and hotbeds of left-leaning activism.”

Big Day at Hollyhock

Big day. HUGE day.

From the LA Times:

Some people brought picnics. Others furtively passed around flasks. Couples snuggled under big blankets as they stood for hours, waiting their turn.

...

Even Hollyhock House's staff, who had been planning the event for months, were overwhelmed by the crowds that turned up. They had hoped to keep track of the number of visitors, but before long they found they just couldn't do it.

Hollyhock House's curator Jeffrey Herr arrived at the house at 10 a.m. on Friday. He was still there in his suit and tie, warmly greeting visitors, after 7 a.m. on Saturday.

The photo gallery accompanying the article is something you need to see -- go through to the end, and you'll a few photos from 1927 (a reward for tolerating the ads)