All eyes are on Frank Lloyd Wright, Wisconsin's most famous architect, this summer.
Born in Richland Center 150 years ago in June, Frank Lloyd Wright was renowned for his Prairie style of architecture. Last year the 200-mile Frank Lloyd Wright Trail debuted, linking nine different sites across the state. Here are seven that we think are particularly road-trip worthy.
› H.F. Johnson Jr. hired Wright to design this 1939 building and the nearby 1950 Research Tower. The on-site theater was constructed for the 1964-’65 New York World’s Fair. Free; tours Thurs.-Sun.
› Once the home of the Johnson family (of SC Johnson fame), Wingspread springs to life during docent-led tours, complete with quirky tales about how Wright’s two-way dinner table startled dinner guests when it revolved back into the kitchen. Free; tours at 1 p.m. Mon-Sun.
› Community events fill the rooftop terrace of this building with Lake Monona views. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the building was constructed from a set of Wright’s 1938 renderings, $5; tours at 1 p.m. Mon-Sun (except select dates).
› Thanks to its flat (aka leaky) roof, this 1951 meeting house has been restored many times. The adjacent 200-seat auditorium is a popular wedding venue. $10; tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Free; tours at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Sun.
› An example of Prairie-style architecture, Taliesin was Wright’s primary residence for many years. He designed notable projects, including Fallingwater, at the 800-acre estate (1911). $17-$100; tour times and dates vary.
› Built in 1957, Wright’s only public-school project is now a non-profit organization’s event space. Free; tours every 30 minutes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat-Sun.
7. A.D. GERMAN WAREHOUSE
› In Wright’s hometown, this building was commissioned as a warehouse, and completed in 1921. It has a gift shop, a theater and photo murals of Wright’s work. $10; tours every 15 minutes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. ♦
Tune in to WUWM’s (FM 89.7) “Lake Effect” July 7 at 10 a.m. to hear more about the story.
‘Hit the Road’ appears in the July 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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