Taliesin, Wisconsin (Library of Congress)
Taliesin, the home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, stands in a valley south of Spring Green, Wisconsin. Begun in 1911, it was his main residence for more than 20 years and his summer home from the late 1930s to the end of his life.
The house stands in a valley settled in the 1860s by Wright’s maternal ancestors, the Lloyd Joneses, who housed the young Wright when he worked on their family farms starting the year he turned 11. This youthful experience with nature had a profound effect on the future architect.
Taliesin was witness to some of the greatest tragedies of Wright's life, as well as some of his greatest triumphs, including the design of Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Wisconsin, and the creation of the first drawings for the design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. These three buildings, as well as Taliesin, are now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Wright worked on Taliesin for almost 48 years, rebuilding after two devastating fires. However, the architect would have changed the building even if no disasters had destroyed parts of it. Those who lived at Taliesin understood that the home included change almost from its very beginning.
Join Taliesin historian Keiran Murphy as she tells the story of the iconic house and how it reflects the shifts in Wright's personal and professional life and the architect's experimentation.
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