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29 September 2008
This is short notice, but readers of this site within driving distance of Minneapolis will want to take advantage of a tour of Purcell & Elmslie houses occurring on 4 October. Visit the website of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota for more details.

The mapping project has slowed down a little bit, as I'm working on Oak Park, the grandaddy of all PS destinations. The listing for that city has 156 buildings at present, the largest number for an single municipality. Google Maps requires the manual entry of GPS coördinates and text information (name of property and link to PST page, address, architect and date) for each building, the scrolling, cutting & pasting for which, though not difficult, would probably send me directly to the hospital with some sort of repetitive strain injury if undertaken entirely at one sitting.

18 September 2008
Quincy is now mapped.

14 September 2008
Maps for Saint Paul, Sioux City and Waterloo have been added.

13 September 2008
This week has seen the realization of a long-held dream for the Prairie School Traveler: the inclusion of maps in these pages. Mason City is the first to benefit from this resource, followed today by Minneapolis. Other metropolitan areas and corridors will follow.

These maps use the Google Maps API and the wonders of JavaScript, the language and logic of which is completely foreign to me. Needless to say, a lengthy period of trial and error preceded the appearance of maps on this site. However, I believe that the wrinkles are ironed out. If you should find otherwise, I would certainly appreciate a note from you.

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Illinoisans and lovers of Prairie School architecture have been shocked by the news that Frank Lloyd Wright’s seminal Dana House in Springfield is to be closed on 1 October 2008 because of state budget cuts that have essentially gutted the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA). After spending $6 million on the Dana House’s purchase and restoration in the late 1980s, the citizens of Illinois will no longer have access to their property. A glimmer of hope appears on the horizon, however, in the form of legislation introduced by State Rep. Donald L. Moffit, a Galesburg Republican, that would restore the $2.7 million cut to the IHPA. Illinois residents should contact their legislators if they support this measure. The rest of us might consider signing this petition.


As always, I welcome your comments about this site or any Prairie School building.

John A. Panning, Lake City, Iowa


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