Rockford, Illinois News

Rockford’s Laurent House to be featured at national Frank Lloyd Wright event

ROCKFORD — Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House will be one of eight public sites honoring the late architect to be featured Nov. 11 at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s annual meeting.

At 4646 Spring Brook Road, Laurent House joins other FLW buildings as the Marin County Civic Center, the Guggenheim Museum and the FLW home in Phoenix, Arizona, highlighted during the virtual event.

Laurent House will be featured in a 20-image PechaKucha presentation by Laurent Board Vice-President Mary Beth Peterson.

The annual meeting of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy attracts 1,000 to 1,500 people each year. The event is virtual this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The live online global event will celebrate Wright’s work and legacy and highlight some of the many ways that stewards of Wright buildings, both public and private, are preserving Wright’s legacy,” the Laurent Board said in a release.

Other Frank Lloyd Wright sits featured will include Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California; Wright House, Phoenix, Arizona; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Meyer House, Galesburg, Michigan; Carolyn and Harold Price, Jr. House, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Hollyhock House, Los Angeles, California, and Willey House, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rockford’s Laurent House is the only home designed by Wright for a person using a wheelchair, Kenneth Laurent, a disabled veteran. Laurent and his wife, Phyllis, commissioned and lived in the home from 1952 until 2012, when it was acquired by a private foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

More information is at laurenthouse.com.

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