Following Frank Lloyd Wright
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The famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a native Badger, was legendary for essentially melding the natural world into his architecture. In 1938, even Time magazine called him “the greatest architect of the twentieth century.”
Highlights of Wright’s work in Wisconsin include the following:
In Wauwatosa, west of Milwaukee, check out Wright’s “little jewel” — the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. If you’re lucky, your tour will coincide with one of the infrequent open-house days of Wright’s American-Built System homes in Milwaukee, homes designed to be affordable for those of average means.
Wright’s SC Johnson Wax Building and Golden Rondelle Theater in Racine helped Time make its grandiose claim.
In southeastern Wisconsin, stop off in the Delavan Lake area (probably basing yourself in Lake Geneva), where more and more Wright-designed homes are occasionally opening to the public.
Wright’s Madison masterwork, the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center has a view so sublime that even his haters will be in awe. (One of my favorite sunrises in Wisconsin is here!) After a tour, drive to Madison’s west side to view his First Unitarian Church, recently named a National Landmark.
In the Wisconsin Dells, you can lay your head in the only Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building available for rent — the Seth Peterson Cottage in Mirror Lake State Park.
Along the Wisconsin River is the pilgrimage of pilgrimages for Wright aficionados — Spring Green, home to Taliesin, his home and studio. Lunch in the visitors center, again, the only Wright-designed eatery anywhere. Drive the area, looking at “Wright-inspired” everything.
You can add to this list and find more information about Wright’s extraordinary work by checking out the numerous websites devoted to The Man, among them, www.wrightinwisconsin.org, www.taliesinpreservation.org, www.wrightplus.org, and www.franklloydwright.org.
© Thomas Huhti from Moon Wisconsin, 5th Edition