David and Gladys Wright House

Big news on the Historic Preservation status of the David and Gladys Wright House. Located in Pheonix and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son David and his wife Gladys in the early 1950′s, it is an important piece of architectural history. When David passed away in 1997, Gladys lived in the home until her death in 2008. Then the home was sold by Wright family members to a developer. The home was slated for demolition until Historic Preservationists challenged its fate, and began proceedings to gain historic status designation. Listed for sale in October, the Associated Press reports that the current owners have reached an agreement to sell the early 1950s home to a buyer who wants to preserve and restore it. A definite win-win.

Excerpts sourced at: http://seattletimes.com via http://curbed.com
Images sourced at:  http://midcenturymodernlove.com

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A Plea for Modernism

Please enjoy A Plea For Modernism from Evan Mather by clicking HERE .

The independent film, A Plea For Modernism by Evan Mather of Handcrafted Films, tells an important story of the loss of many of the stories of the modern movement. Over time, many important buildings have fallen into disrepair due to lack of care, or as in the case of the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, due to the tragic storms and levee breach in New Orleans in 2005. Despite valiant efforts by supporters, efforts to save many of these structures has proven unsuccessful.

Prior to its destruction in June 2011, the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School served the historic New Orleans African-American neighborhood of Tremé since it opened in 1955. Celebrated worldwide for its innovative, regionally-expressive modern design – the structure had sustained moderate damage during the storms and levee breach of 2005. DOCOMOMO Louisiana advocated for its restoration via adaptive reuse. A moving story of passion and loss, this film documents the historic significance of this structure. An exercise in efficiency, modularity and cutting edge technology and structural innovation, we have much to learn from preservation and restoration opportunities.

A Plea For Modernism is narrated by actor Wendell Pierce.
Film and excerpts sourced at Handcrafted Films: http://www.handcraftedfilms.com/films/?p=1124

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