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1.) Bulbulian House - Rochester, MN
2.) Grant House - Cedar Rapids, IA
3.) Sunday House - Marshalltown, IA
In planning ahead, it would help us to know which homes/cities to visit and which non-visible ones to pass up. We are hoping that by asking here someone with knowledge of these homes will be able to set things straight, particularly for the Iowa houses.
Thank you for your time and help with this matter.
Also don't miss the Wainwright Building by Louis Sullivan in St. Louis, MO. and also the Wainwright Tomb in Bellefontain Cemetery. Also buried in the Cemetery is William Clark (Louis and Clark) and Adolphus Busch (Mr. Budweiser, the Brewery Tour is very nice as well.. Free tastes at the end!). Also the Lemp Family is buried there. (Lemp Beer.. Before Budweiser)
You can tour the Community Christian Church in Kansas City, MO. http://www.community-christian.org/flwright.htm
I've never done this tour. You can just walk in. This is one of those places that Wright kind of washed his hands of, and you can tell.
The Grant house in Cedar Rapids, can barely be seen. I drove up there, but it is kind of hard to see. I think it is worth going by it though. It isn't too hard to find. I really like that house. I was told by the tour guide at the Lowell Walter house that they may eventually open this house for tours.
Speaking of The Lowell Walter house. You should definatly go there.
http://www.iowadnr.com/parks/state_park ... _rock.html It is a really beautiful setting for the house.
Here is also a site on the Iowa houses.
The two houses in Oskaloosa can be seen okay. Well one, so so, the other very well.
If you need any help let me know! I hope this helps..
SC Johnson Administration Building: Tours on Fridays, by reservation, 262.260.2154. You walk past the Research Tower, but it is not open.
You can drive past the Hardy House, just a few blocks east on 14th Street until you hit Main Street, turn north or left, and it is right there. It is privately owned, and not open.
Wingpsread, self-guided tours by reservation, depending on whether or not there are conferences at the time, 260.639.3211
Some of what you can see of the Keland House from the street is from the ca: 1961 addition and remodeling by Jack Howe
(History and photos of all in my "Wright in Racine", Pomegranate, 2004)
In Milwaukee, take a look at the unique grouping of six of Wright's American-System Built homes in the 2700 block of W. Burnham (go to www.wrightinwisconsin.org to learn more).
When in Mason City, plan to visit the collection of Prairie School houses around Rock Glen, which is literally across the street. Many are the work of Walter Burley Griffin, but Barry Byrne, Wm. Drummond and local architects are also represented. Mason City resident Dr. Robert McCoy has written extensively on his city's architectural history. His walking tour guide book is available from the Chamber of Commerce and other local sources (I bought several copies at the Stockman House).
Another humble source of information is my site, the Prairie School Traveler. Click here for information about PS buildings in Mason City.
Have a great trip!
Olfelt, in St. Louis Park, is easy to see from the street.
One to miss is Gavidaae Commons, a mall in downtown Minneapolis. When they have an empty storefront, they board it up with a 3D copy of the Hollyhock fireplace. When they have two, they use a pastiche of Wrightian motifs including the Storer block. Some of the walls are decorated with the Coonley Playhouse windows in earth tones. (What ever happened to plaster dinosaurs?) The Art Institute has some Prairie-school holdings including a room from the Little house. If you're interested in contemporary architecture, the new Guthrie (http://www.exploreminnesota.com/Guthrie ... River.html) and the new central library are worth seeing.
If you go to see Sulivans "Wainwright Building" walk 3 blocks north to see The Union Trust on olive also by Sullivan.
Look up as the lower two floors were modified in the 1920's but from the 2nd floor up is all original.
If you are a huge fan of Sullivan go to see Richard Nickels "sullivan collection" at SIUE on the east side of St. Louis in Edwardsville Illinois.
(why nobody in Chicago wanted this stuff blows my mind!!! although he did have friends at SIUE)
Wright's Pappas house (near Hwy. 40 & Mason Road) is not visable from athe street or highway. Mrs. Pappas still lives in the home.
Start our FLW viewing in WI and visit the sites we hadn't been to on our previous trip there: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, tour Seth Peterson Cottage, drive-by German Warehouse.
Then onto MN where we will visit the Fasbender Medical Clinic, Lindholm Service Station and also drive by the rest of the viewable houses in the state.
Next, to IA to visit the City National Bank and Park Inn Hotel, (sadly, no tour of the Stockman House since we won't be there on the weekend), tour Rock Glen, tour Lowell Walter House and also drive by the rest of the viewable houses in the state.
Finally, onto MO where we will visit the Kansas City Community Christian Church, tour the Kraus House and also drive by the rest of the viewable houses in the state.
Add onto all of this this that we will also be touring three Japanese Gardens (Rockford, IL - Minneapolis, MN - St. Louis, MO), five Laura Ingalls Wilder sites (Pepin, WI - Walnut Grove, MN - De Smet, SD - Burr Oak, IA - Mansfield, MO), seeing a Tiffany exhibit at the St. Louis Museum of Art - and we will be having a rather fast, furious and action-packed trip.
Again, thank you all so much for your assistance.
Ones we did official tours of:
Seth Peterson Cottage, WI
Ones we did unofficial tours of:
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, WI
Fastbender Medical Clinic, MN
Lindholm Service Station, MN
Ones we walked around the exterior of (and peeked inside a bit):
Petit Chapel, IL
German Warehouse, WI
City National Bank and Hotel, IA
Community Christian Church, MO
Ones we drove by:
Also, while in Mason City, IA we drove past the Rock Crest/Rock Glen prairie homes.
We thoroughly enjoyed each aspect of the trip. I would not be able to pick a favorite from the three official tours we did - each home was truly wonderful. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed both the Fastbender Medical Clinic and the Lindholm Service Station. It was great to see the City National Bank and Hotel being restored so carefully. And sad to see the German Warehouse decaying so badly. The Community Christian Church has very little "feel" of Wright. Whereas the Greek Orthodox Church had a complete "feel" of Wright. The houses we drove by were mostly Usonian - and all fantastic. We were able to get good looks at almost of them - with Sunday and Sondern being the least visible.
Overall, it was great to expand our knowledge, experience and list of Wright buildings. Having stayed at the Cheney, IL house a few years back, I think it may soon be time for us to take a few days in one (or more) of the Usonians available for rent - to be able to soak in over a longer period of time the design/style that we have now come to enjoy most of all.