Chicago Architecture

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Changing Face of Chicago Architecture Every time we return to Chicago we are amazed by the amount of new high-rise construction and the beauty of many of its buildings. On one hand, this is not surprising. Chicago, after all, has been at the forefront of American architecture since 1884, when William Le Baron Jenney built [Read more …]

Spring Green Wisconsin

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We are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. Our main reason to visit Spring Green Wisconsin was to return to Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) primary home, studio and school. Taliesin is Welsh for “Shining Brow”. The site is accessible via a range of tours. We chose the two-hour Highlights Tour, which includes interiors [Read more …]

Milwaukee Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Wisconsin is known for its beer. Yes, we sampled beer (more later in this blog), but we also found some other interesting attractions Milwaukee Old World 3rd Street District We especially enjoyed walking the 1000 block of Milwaukee’s Old World Third Street District. Particularly interesting were: Wisconsin Cheese Mart. This store had the largest [Read more …]

Buffalo New York and Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House in Buffalo New York We have been to many places that Frank Lloyd Wright designed (http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2014/08/21/frank-lloyd-wrights-racine-wisconsin-legacy/ and http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2012/05/30/a-morning-in-oak-park-with-frank-lloyd-wright/ and http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2011/11/10/finally-falling-water/) We happily discovered that he also did some work in the Buffalo area. Of course we had to visit it while we were there. Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House The [Read more …]

New York City—Museums Summer 2017

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New York City Museums and Galleries Cooper-Hewitt Our first visit to this museum of design was timed for its exhibit profiling the Jazz Age, with its Art Deco architecture, innovative design, art and film and the ways in which these and the contemporaneous popularization of radio had on American (and to a lesser extent, European) [Read more …]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Racine Wisconsin Legacy

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As you may remember from our 2012 Blog, A Morning in Oak Park with Frank Lloyd Wright, we are huge Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) fans. So, when we read that not only had Wright’s legendary SC Johnson Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin been opened for seasonal tours, but also that the newly renovated Wright­-designed Research [Read more …]

A Morning in Oak Park with Frank Lloyd Wright

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We have loved Frank Lloyd’s architecture from the first time we were exposed to it when living in Chicago in the 1970’s. We saw a couple of his works in the city (including the wonderful Robie House, which I often passed going to classes at the University of Chicago), and then took the pilgrimage to [Read more …]

Finally Falling Water

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For the last 35 years, since I first fell in love with Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, I have looked for and, where possible, seen his buildings wherever I had lived or travelled. I even went to the spot in Tokyo where his Imperial Hotel (one of the few major buildings to survive the 1923 (magnitude [Read more …]