New SC Johnson Research Tower Book

(This is not a review -- I haven't read, or even seen the book yet. But, for God's sake, it's by Mark Hertzberg. I haven't seen the Sistine Chapel either, but I'd recommend that you see it if you go to Rome)

[_Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower_]( by Mark Hertzberg [has shipped to booksellers]( and should soon be appearing on shelves and webpages wherever books are sold (in his blog post announcing the book's availability, Mark asks that you consider purchasing the book from a local shop. Amazon links on my site give me a small amount of credit, but I'd be happier if you made a purchase from locally-owed store -- Amazon's recommendation algorithm is no replacement for the potential serendipity found in wandering real bookshelves stacked with real books). The book is published by Pomegranate and is priced at $19.95.

The single-structure book is the best sub-category within the Frank Lloyd Wright genre -- at allows an author to dig into the core ideas that Wright meant to enshrine in the building, how he solved (or failed to solve) the requirements of the client and how the building has fared, or not, in the decades since its design. In these books, the author can select or create the photos that support the direction of his or her book, rather than the stock photos that so often fill the broader, look-at-everything books that are so common (also, the single-building books are cheaper -- a big feature in my case). Mark has experience in this sort of work. He is the author of [_Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House_]( and [_Wright in Racine: The Architect's Vision for One American City_](

As a professional photographer and a long-time resident of Racine, Wisconsin, Mark is well-equipped to create a study of the Research Tower. As the author of books about other Racine-area Wright buildings -- and as a journalist covering the Wright beat -- he's already spent years thinking and writing about Wright's work in Racine.

The book is also likely a unique opportunity to see the interior of the Research Tower -- it's been closed for decades and there may never be an opportunity to tour it in the near future. Even Mark's access to the tower was unusual. Each year thousands of tourists visit Wright's Administration Building next door, but they can't go inside the Wright masterpiece adjacent. Unless you can engineer your way into becoming The absolute monarch of Wisconsin, you won't see the inside either.

In September, [Mark will be in Mason City, Iowa to give a talk on the tower](, and he will also be a presenter at the [Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Annual Conference in Cincinnati]( Later this week, an interview with him is expected to appear on [PrairieMod](