Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House is one of 11 Most Endangered Structures

Although it’s listed as a historic site by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House is in serious danger of ruination. The structure was built in 1954 for George and Clifton Lewis and has stayed in the family ever since. Unfortunately, the couple could not afford to keep the home in perfect condition and it fell into sad disrepair over the years. Recently, the National Trust For Historic Preservation added the home to their list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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Now, with the passing of both George and Clifton, there is no one left to restore the unique Tallahassee residence. Without a massive restoration, the only FLW-designed residence in Florida will inevitably fall to ruins. An organization called the Spring House Institute has taken up the cause and is currently working to raise funds for preservation. Maybe you could help! Click here to find out more.

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All photos courtesy of the Spring House Institute.

Inspire Me Monday: Vintage Vacation Homes

Summer is in full swing and we’re dreaming of lakeside getaways and hot summer nights outdoors. Here’s some vintage imagery of mid-century vacation homes to get you inspired for your next summer escape.

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The above images were taken from 1967 book Cabins and Vacation Houses.

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Image source: Handmade Houses, 1973, courtesy of Nancy Waite.

Will John Lautner’s Rehabilitation Center be Demolished?

We cringe at the thought of losing even the most obscure designs by modern masters like John Lautner. That’s why we were saddened to hear of the impending demolition of the Crippled Children’s Society Rehabilitation Center, which was designed by Lautner in 1979 and is now called the Paul Weston Work Center.

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Recently, new owners submitted a proposal to demolish the place, with plans to replace it with an eldercare facility. The Los Angeles Conservancy was quick to act, testifying at a hearing on May 20th with concerns that the structure still has architectural significance. Now it’s just a waiting game to find out the final decision. Do you think it’s worth saving?

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Photos courtesy of LA Conservancy and the San Fernando Valley Blog.

Architecture Spotlight: The Color Orange

Our recent release of the Slice Shell Chair has us channeling all things orange. As it turns out, there exists a great deal of stunning architecture is varying shades of the deliciously bright color.

The Orange Cube in Lyons, Franc, designed by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects

This new commercial and cultural complex in Lyon, France was designed as part of an urban planning project to replenish the docks of Lyon. The five-story orthogonal cube plays off the fluid movement of the river Saône, exploring the effects of subtraction
and voids on the quality and generation of space.

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Moderna Museet Malmö in Sweden, by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Moderna Museet Malmö is a branch of the main Moderna Museet museum in Stockholm. The extension provides a new entrance and reception space, as well as a cafeteria and a new upper gallery. Its perforated orange facade both connects to the existing brick architecture and introduces a contemporary element.

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La Ville Intelligente in Paris, France by Jakob + MacFarlane Architects

‘La Ville Intelligente’ is a temporary feature within the Parc de la Villette of Paris. Conceived for the Hellodemain Exposition, the continuous form is an interpretation of the orange brand ‘DNA’ gesturing towards the established intelligent city theme.

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My Green World in Venlo, Netherlands by 2D3D Design

My Green World is an impressive seed-shaped pavilion encased in sustainably-harvested Finnish hardwood. The project from 2D3D was originally commissioned for the Floriade 2012 Expo in the Netherlands by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.

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Zenith Europe in Strasbourg, France by Massimiliano Fuksas

By its playful form and character, the Zenith music hall contributes to the great Varietee Theaters which were built since the Zenith building in Paris was erected in 1984. It will be the new attraction which will give impulses to the future development of the city’s infrastructure.

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To Live Like a Master: When an Architect Designs his Own Home

Not every mid-century architect designed his/her own home, but when one did, the results were almost always breathtaking and unique. Below, take a look at some of the houses our favorite architects created as their own dwelling.

Russel Wright’s Dragon Rock at Manitoga, 1952

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Photos courtesy of The Russel Wright Design Center

The John Lautner House in Silver Lake, 1940

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Photos courtesy of Ncmodernist.org.

The Marcel Breuer House in Lincoln, 1939

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Photos courtesy of Ncmodernist.org.

Frank Louis Glick Home in Park Ridge, 1955 (FOR SALE!)

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Photos courtesy of Curbed.