The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is offering a two-day event in May — a private, after-hours tour of the exhibit “Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century” followed by a tour of Taliesin, guided by architectural historian and faculty member of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Sidney Robinson and Taliesin Preservation, Inc’s historian Keiran Murphy. Included in the will be Unity Chapel — designed by J. Lyman Silsbee, possibly with a bit of help from Frank Lloyd Wright — generally not open to the public.
The event is May 13-14. Transportation between Milwaukee and Spring Green is provided.Tickets are $250 and space is limited. More information, and the downloadable registration form, is available here.
“Arguably Wright’s most important and certainly his most personal work,” according to Neil Levine, eminent Wright scholar and Harvard professor, Taliesin was both a home and studio, an ever-changing canvas allowing Wright to continuously experiment with new designs as he rebuilt Taliesin after two fires. Following a custom itinerary designed exclusively for the Conservancy, participants will begin their Taliesin experience with a two-hour house tour guided by the preservation principals as they describe and show how and why this “most important” house has evolved. After lunch at the Wright-designed Visitor Center and a tour of Hillside, Sidney K.
Robinson (Preservation Program Coordinator for Taliesin Preservation, Inc. and faculty member at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture) and Keiran Murphy (historic researcher at Taliesin Preservation, Inc.) will give a power point presentation on the preservation initiatives at Taliesin, showing before and after images as the buildings’ walls, floors and roofs were opened up down to the footings. Other highlights of the day will include a guided tour of the Wyoming Valley School and the rarely seen but not to be missed Unity Chapel. The enhanced tour will culminate in a sunset reception in the Taliesin Studio and gardens.
If you cannot make this tour, remember that Taliesin is celebrating its centennial with a series of events throughout the season. A full list can be seen here.