Nine Minutes at the Home and Studio

Photos (c) Mark Hertzberg (2020)

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Wednesday was a lovely fall day, a good day for my Frank Lloyd Wright photo adventure day in Oak Park and River Forest. After several hours photographing both Unity Temple and the Winslow House, I swung by Wright’s Home and Studio for a quick walk-about. It was a very quick walk-about…the metadata on my photos tells me I was there just nine minutes. It would be nice to be able to stay overnight and spend several days taking pictures, but that was not to be during the pandemic. Here is what I saw:

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Home and Studio 10.28.20 005.jpgI am never there when there are no cars parked on Chicago, but this was the starting point for the three photos immediately below:

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And, finally, one frame of Anna Lloyd Wright’s home, just east of the Home and Studio, for my files:

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I was at Winslow House because I wanted to reshoot some of my photos from 2016. I expect to be post the new photos this week.

Photographing Wright Sites, Part 4

(c) Mark Hertzberg (2019)

This is the fourth installment of showing you different things I saw and photographed while visiting new and familiar Wright sites this spring. The next post coming is the same theme, but with a few more surprising photos.

Jacobs 1 – Peeking through the carport:

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My first visit to Muirhead Farmhouse, Hampshire, Illinois:

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Visiting the restored Robie House in Chicago (photographed with permission of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust):

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The adjoining McArthur (left) and Blossom houses in Chicago:

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The Gridley House in Batavia, Illinois, where we enjoyed another special Steven Freeman dinner…but that’s grist for another post down the road…

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Wright Sites Meeting at Wingspread

Photos (c) Mark Hertzberg, 2018

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Three dozen representatives of Wright sites, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, met at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in late March for a “Wright Site Directors Summit.” Topics included creating Wright mobile apps, presenting sites in 3-D on tablets, strategies for innovative branding and marketing, and accommodating guests with disabilities. The three-day meeting was sponsored by the two foundations and the Building Conservancy.LR BC Wright Sites 024.jpgLibby Garrison of the Marin County Civic Center tells how their mobile app was created.

LR BC Wright Sites 003.jpgMichael Ditmer (Still Bend) and Heather Sabin (Monona Terrace) confer. Ditmer is the new president of Wright in Wisconsin. Mike Lilek, left rear, of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block talks with John Waters Preservation Programs Manager of the Building Conservancy. Kathryn Burton (Gordon House) is also at the table.

LR BC Wright Sites 011.jpgStuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, contributes to the discussion after a presentation. Jim Ladwig, center, (SC Johnson and Son) and Don Dekker (Meyer May House) take notes and listen.

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LR BC Wright Sites 040.jpg“The House,” built in the mid-1950s adjacent to Wingspread, became the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Johnson Jr. before they donated Wingspread itself to the newly-created Johnson Foundation in 1959. It has more space for conferences than the Wright-designed Wingspread. It has been said that Mrs. (Irene Purcell) Johnson was never comfortable in Wingspread because it was designed for another woman…Johnson’s wife who died during construction. National Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Court of Justice – and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy – are among the entities that evolved from Johnson Foundation conferences.