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Explore Wright's Midwest With Day Trips!

Explore Wright's Midwest With Day Trips!

Just a short drive from Chicago – north, south and west of the city – reside a rich variety of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright over the course of his remarkable 72-year career.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s Wright in the Region Day Trips provide exclusive access to celebrated Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks in Illinois and Wisconsin. New to the 2016 lineup is a visit to Wright’s Muirhead Farmhouse in Chicago’s far northwest suburbs.


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$349Plail Brothers Rocking Chair

Mission Oak Rocking Chair, circa 1920's in fine condition, comes with it's original spring seat and label. The rocker measures 37" H x 27" W x 19" D. The Plail brothers chairs, are rare and considered to be examples of fine craftsmanship.

Maker: Plail Brothers Chair Company, Wayland, NY 1906 to 1933
Location: Tampa Bay Florida
Date made: 1920's
Dimensions: 37"H x 27"W x 19"D

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Have We Become a Tradition?

Have We Become a Tradition?

It was an uneventful Sunday night after an uneventful week, which sometimes is just what we need, right

And so I picked up the latest issue of a glossy regional magazine, intrigued by a cover story which read “Bold Re-Do for a Grove Park Home.”

St. Louis pharmaceutical magnate and real estate mogul Edwin Wiley Grove (1850-1927) had established a second home in Asheville by 1900, when he began buying what eventually amounted to nearly 1200 acres...

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Mathews Architecture, P.A.(828) 253-4300

Reflecting the best traditions of the Arts & Crafts movement, our work includes new designs, renovations & historic preservation. We work with, not just for, our clients to create sustainable places that will be enjoyed for many generations to come.

34 Wall Street
Suite 307
Asheville, NC

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Collector's Guide

Anonymous Gift to Ohr Museum Shines

Anonymous Gift to Ohr Museum Shines

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is pleased to announce it has acquired an important piece of George Edgar Ohr ceramic art pottery from an anonymous donor. According to the museum’s director, Kevin O’Brien, “Although the museum has been fortunate enough to receive gifts of Ohr in the recent past, it’s always a special and rare occasion to receive such a fine example of Ohr’s work.”

The vase stands approximately seven and a half...

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Dow, Arthur Wesley 'Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows' Woodblock Print

Dow, Arthur Wesley 'Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows' Woodblock Print Arthur Wesley Dow, (American, 1857-1922), Flowering Orchard or Newbury Willows, color woodblock print, signed in block, framed, 4.25" x 7", $3,000-5,000, Provenance: David Judd, Grove Park Inn Conference, February 2010; The Collection of Robert and Elaine Dillof, Croton Falls, NY. Estimate $3,000 - $5,000 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, December 6th, 2014) Sold for $4,687.50.
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