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2015 FLWBC Conference: Welcome To Milwaukee!

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 02, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Eric last modified Oct 01, 2015

We arrived in downtown Milwaukee this evening filled with anticipation in advance of the first full day of activities for the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference, which kicks off tomorrow morning. As a special treat to kick things off, we have a report from the pre-conference tour that took place earlier today. Several lucky conference attendees had a chance to enjoy a roaming tour and picnic lunch at Frank Lloyd Wright's 1939...




 

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 10.42.25 PMWe arrived in downtown Milwaukee this evening filled with anticipation in advance of the first full day of activities for the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference, which kicks off tomorrow morning.

As a special treat to kick things off, we have a report from the pre-conference tour that took place earlier today. Several lucky conference attendees had a chance to enjoy a roaming tour and picnic lunch at Frank Lloyd Wright's 1939 Bernard Schwartz House (aka "Still Bend") in Two Rivers, WI.

Michael Ditmer, one of the owners of the Usonian home, sent word that they took the opportunity to turn the event into a 75th anniversary celebration for the Schwartz House with a fancy cake and special surprise unveiling. Find out more after the jump...

 

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According to Michael, it was clear that the 88 people attending the special pre-conference tour thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon picnic, beautiful sunshine, a little cake, and the chance to be the first people to see a new lamp that was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Schwartz House, but never built...until now! PrairieMod gives you an exclusive first peek at this wonderful design:

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Michael goes on to explain that Wright designed this unique angled wood and glass reading lamp to be placed on the first pier next to the living room fireplace. The lamp was one of several furnishings never built by Wright's original clients. But, three-quarters of a century later, the current owners had the lamp built directly off of Wright's original drawings and it is now ready for use in the place Frank Lloyd Wright always intended.

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It's a stunning design and another example of the care and attention to detail the Schwartz House owners are taking with their Wright-designed home. If you wish you could curl up with a book under the glow of this lamp, then you're in luck—the Schwartz House is one of the few Wright-designed houses that you can rent, so you can appreciate the Usonian (and its new lamp) for yourselves with an overnight stay! Get details on booking a stay here.

Thanks to Michael Ditmer for sharing with us how the pre-conference tour went and the photos of the fantastic lamp—it was the perfect way to lead-off what is sure to be an exciting weekend filled with more extraordinary Wright-related places and things to see. Check back the rest of this week to get a wrap-up of each day's events and see more fantastic things from this year's FLWBC conference.

Conference brochure cover via FLWBC website. Schwartz House photo credit: PrairieMod. All lamp photos courtesy Michael Ditmer.


 

 

 
 
 

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