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Monona Terrace from the lake | Courtesy of Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
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A Historical Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin

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Freelance Writer
Updated: 26 February 2018
Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright is widely considered to be America’s greatest architect. His career spanned seven decades, and his designs are on display across the country. However, some of Wright’s best works can be found in his home state. When following in Frank Lloyd Wright’s footsteps, be sure not to miss these memorable spots in Wisconsin.

SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower

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SC Johnson Administration Building
SC Johnson Administration Building | © SC Johnson

SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower

Home to the SC Johnson global headquarters, the SC Johnson Administration Building opened in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1939. This building, considered to be one of the most important structures of the 20th century, helped define Wright’s career. The research tower followed in 1950 and is one of the world’s tallest cantilever structures. Wright fans wishing to get a glimpse at the inside of this spectacular building can book a free tour through SC Johnson.

SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower, 1525 Howe Street, Racine, WI, USA, +1 262 260 2154

SC Johnson Administration Building | © SC Johnson

SC Johnson Administration Building | © SC Johnson | © SC Johnson

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Wingspread

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Wingspread
Wingspread | © stephen boisvert/flickr

Wingspread

This residence was built from 1938 to 1939 for the family of Herbert Fisk Johnson. Wingspread sits on a 30-acre property and is 14,000 square feet. What’s unique about this building is its shape—a four-winged pinwheel. Incorporating aspects of Wright’s “organic” architecture, the primary materials used to construct Wingspread include wood, limestone, brick, and stucco. This structure was to be Wright’s last and largest Prairie House and is now used as an education and conference center by the Johnson Foundation.

Wingspread, 33 E. Four Mile Road, Racine, WI, USA, +1 262 681 3353

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Wingspread | © stephen boisvert / Flickr | © stephen boisvert/flickr

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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

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Monona Terrace | Courtesy of Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Monona Terrace | © Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center was a project that was 59 years in the making. Wright initially proposed the idea in 1938, followed by several years of reworking the design and giving his final approval in 1959. However, it didn’t become a reality until 1997. Just two blocks from the state capital building in Madison, what Wright envisioned as the “dream civic center” is now a popular meeting place that curves along the shores of Lake Monona.

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI, USA, +1 608 261 4000

Monona Terrace | Courtesy of Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Monona Terrace | Courtesy of Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center | © Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

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Taliesin

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Taliesin | © edward stojakovic/flickr

Taliesin

The 800-acre estate of Taliesin was the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. It includes buildings from every decade of his long career. The name of the estate was chosen to honor his Welsh heritage, and the valley its perched in is said to have been the main inspiration for his architectural innovations and designs. Some of the famous buildings on the estate are the Taliesin residence, Romeo & Juliet Windmill, Hillside Home School, Midway Barn, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. This complex should be a key destination on any Frank Lloyd Wright sightseeing itinerary.

Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, 5607 County Road C, Spring Green, WI, USA, +1 608 588 7900

Taliesin | © edward stojakovic/flickr

Taliesin | © edward stojakovic / Flickr | © edward stojakovic/flickr

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A.D. German Warehouse

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Wright's A.D. German Warehouse
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A.D. German Warehouse

The A.D. German Warehouse is the architectural treasure of Frank Lloyd Wright’s hometown. He designed the building in 1915, and it was completed in 1921. On the National Register of Historic Places in Wisconsin, it is believed to be the only warehouse that Wright designed. A memorable concrete frieze encircles the top of this four-story building, which is the last of Wright’s commercial structures to remain from this time period.

A.D. German Warehouse, 300 S. Church Street, Richland Center, WI, USA, +1 608 604 5034

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Wright’s A.D. German Warehouse | Courtesy of A.D. German Warehouse | Courtesy of A.D. German Warehouse

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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church by Frank Lloyd Wright
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church by Frank Lloyd Wright | © Richie Diesterheft/flickr

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was one of Wright’s final major design commissions before his death. He passed away in 1959 before the groundbreaking began, and the church was dedicated in 1961. Wright’s design incorporated the traditional domed space, symbols, and colors of the Greek Orthodox Church, but the circular design was something new.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 9400 West Congress Street, Wauwatosa, WI, USA, +1 414 461 9400

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church by Frank Lloyd Wright | © Richie Diesterheft/flickr

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church by Frank Lloyd Wright | © Richie Diesterheft / Flickr | © Richie Diesterheft/flickr

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