A Frank Lloyd Wright Design Will Have a New Life in London

Frank Lloyd Wright designed both this Pittsburgh office and Fallingwater for Edgar J. Kaufmann. The office alone took four years. Credit…ARS, NY and DACS, London 2018

From The New York Times:

LONDON — Frank Lloyd Wright’s lasting fame is owed in part to Fallingwater, a house in rural southwestern Pennsylvania for the department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann.

When Wright was hired to design the house, Mr. Kaufmann also commissioned him to create something smaller: an office in Pittsburgh.

That office will be a star display in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s East London branch, which is scheduled to open in 2023. Before then, however, the office will be refurbished with help from a grant for 25,000 euros (about $27,000) from the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund.

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H-board: Old Pecos Trail wall art must come down

Property owner Guthrie Miller unsuccessfully asked the Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday to overturn a decision by the city land use director ordering him to remove murals on his wall at Old Pecos Trail and Camino Lejo. Before the meeting, Miller removed parts of the murals that were falling off. Daniel J. Chacón/The New Mexican

From the Santa Fe New Mexican: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict spilled into City Hall on Tuesday over a series of graphic images on a publicly visible stucco wall in one of Santa Fe’s highly protected historic districts.

The issue wasn’t meant to be about the content of the artwork, some of which depicts armed Israeli soldiers threatening Palestinian children at gunpoint, though the politicization of the wall sparked controversy and the stark images were labeled as vulgar and anti-Semitic by Jewish leaders in Santa Fe and New Mexico.

At issue was whether applying the artwork on papier-mâché to a stuccoed exterior yard wall at the corner of Old Pecos Trail and Camino Lejo in the historic district was “inconsistent” with design standards and “inharmonious” with the district’s outward appearance.

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Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Unveils New Route 66 Display at State of Illinois Stratton Office Building in Springfield

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Unveils New Route 66 Display at State of Illinois Stratton Office Building in Springfield

From the Press Mentor: On February 18, 2020, a new Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway display was unveiled at a ceremony at the State of Illinois Stratton Office Building in Springfield, Illinois. The display features thematic sections of the current Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway visitor guide. Over 125 attractions, businesses and tourism partners are represented in the display. Highlights include museums, iconic restaurants, giant statues, breweries, neon signs and downtown districts along Illinois Route 66. Prominently featured is a copy of “The Green Book”, which was an essential guide for African American safe travel during the Jim Crow era. Also included is an example of the Illinois Route 66 specialty license plate, which is available for cars, light trucks and motorcycles in the state.

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Tucumcari passes ordinance to protect Route 66 neon signs

From KRQE: TUCUMCARI, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s an ongoing debate on how to preserve the old, neon signs along Route 66. Now, Tucumcari is taking a stance with a new ordinance which is being called the first of its kind in the country.

Johnnie Meier with the New Mexico Route 66 Association, the old signs along the ‘mother road’ tell our story.

“It’s part of our heritage. It’s part of our culture. It’s part of our personality,” Meier said.

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‘Strings of Neon’ trailer – VIDEO

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: Trailer for “String of Neon,” a documentary detailing the plight of the iconic neon guitar marquee from the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. The neon guitar is now on display at the The Neon Museum.

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