Because, God forbid, we might slightly inconvenience the chairman of the University of Phoenix.
You can buy the apartment in the Plaza Hotel that Frank Lloyd Wright lived in while overseeing the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in the 1950s.
The asking price is $39.5 million -- surprinsingly low, give how much ugly the current owners have stuffed into its 4,000 square feet.
UPDATE: The Ingalls House will be listed this week, with a listing price of $1.325 million.
The Prairie Style Ingalls House in River Forest, Illinois will soon be offered for sale. Owned for the last 38 years by an architect, the house has been thoughtfully updated (the house was expanded in 1920 by William Drummond).
Chicago's WBZE and the Chicago Architecture Foundation partnered on an episode and lengthy article, part of the Curious City podcast, about the difficulties of building skyscrapers on Chicago's sandy soil. The city is actually an extraordinarily unlikely location for a tall building revolution (Manhattan is nearly ideal), and architects have been forced to find inventive solutions to keep soaring buildings standing upright.
The Adler & Sullivan masterpiece, the Auditorium Building was an early, though not unblemished, success. Dankmar Adler designed, tested and refined a new foundation system for the massively heavy building (a process that Frank LLoyd Wright had a front-row seat to). Burnham & Root's Monadnock Building, even heavier than the Auditorium Building, required its own engineering achievements.
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.
If you miss this, I'll be very disappointed in you.
I spent four hours in a union hall making phoone calls to union members in Wisconsin. Staffers for State Senator Thomas Tiffany must have had a long Thursday morning deleting angry voicemails from the office phone.
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
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.