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Group tries to save Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana

January 9, 2018
by The Associated Press

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is trying to prevent a commercial building in northwestern Montana designed by the famed architect from being demolished.

The Chicago-based conservancy is trying to find someone to pay $1.7 million for the former medical centre in Whitefish. The brick building was designed by Wright in 1958, a year before he died.

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The Whitefish Medical Centre. Image via Google Maps

The conservancy says developer Mick Ruis agreed to sell the building if he gets the money by Jan. 10. He bought it for $1.6 million in 2016 without knowing its history.

An attorney for Ruis told the Daily Inter Lake newspaper that asbestos removal is underway at the Lockridge Medical Clinic Building in preparation for its demolition.

The conservancy has been working with the Montana Preservation Alliance and other groups

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  1. The question is….. Who chose the present Architectural firm? That seem to be the bottom line question in many of the recent major important buildings an especially in the non-thoughtful designs of their additions and how they avoid speaking to the context, scale and materials! The Chateau along with most major older buildings are visually dominating with their roofs, materials and human scale. This is, like most ordinary modern resolutions, from a magazine, not from the very strong imagery and context; and is very sad for us fellow Architects. I was a part of the National Register of Historic Places project in Maine,U.S.A. as owner and Architect. It has since been removed! Again Sad.

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