Good news came in twos today for Rockford's Laurent House, the only home Frank Lloyd Wright designed specifically for wheelchair accessibility. The house has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. And the Laurent House Foundation, the not-for-profit group that purchased the home earlier this year, has announced the date it will open as a museum -- June 8th, 2013, Wright's 146th birthday.
The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has purchased First Presbyterian Church in Rockford. The building went on sale in January. The funds to buy and renovate the church were given to Mendelssohn by donors. The center will use the building for new performance and rehearsal space.