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14 August 2009
Lovers of architectural books can only regret the impending closing of Chicago’s Prairie Avenue Bookshop, founded almost half a century ago by Marilyn Hasbrouck, wife of architect Wilbert Hasbrouck. The likelihood of the sale or closing of the shop, said to be the world’s largest architectural bookstore, was detailed by Chicago Tribune architectural critic Blair Kamin on 24 July 2009. Recently, PAB has sent several e-mails with news of various sales, most recently announcing a discount of 60% on the entire store’s stock. This includes copies of the seminal Prairie School Review, which the Hasbroucks published 1964-1981.

If you have ever hoped to own a complete run of the Prairie School Review, I would not wait to place your order.

9 August 2009
Whew! After a trying summer of work and other commitments leavened by computer troubles, the PST is back in business. Fellow Traveler Dennis Blazey has sent a number of photos from Oak Park and other Chicago suburbs that are being incorporated, and others are also waiting in the wings.

It's long been my goal to add maps to the PST. A number of cities with large concentrations of PS buildings received maps last year, including La Crosse, Sioux City, Mason City, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Now, in response to obvious need and the helpful suggestions of several visitors, I have worked out how to add maps to the states as an aid for planning trips. Iowa is the first state with this feature, but I intend to add it to all of them. I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts about this or any other usability issue of the Prairie School Traveler.


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

John A. Panning, Lake City, Iowa


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