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Introduction

Wright and Like 2010 provides rare opportunities to access unique architecture in Racine and Kenosha that spans three centuries during the course of three days.

Friday Evening, June 4th - Spend Friday evening on the iconic SC Johnson campus exploring and dining in the new Fortaleza Hall, after a photographic tour of the rarely-seen interior of the SC Johnson Research Tower, presented by Mark Hertzberg in the Golden Rondelle.

Saturday, June 5th - The Wright and Like tour includes two of Wright's most important works, the SC Johnson Administration Building and Wingspread, both of them National Historic Landmarks. An elegant townhouse by Russell Barr Williamson and a mid-century Usonian, both in Kenosha, join a Prairie house in Racine's Southside Historic District, along with three 1950s homes by John Randal McDonald, including one recently enlarged and sensitively upgraded by Racine architect Ken Dahlin. Tour headquarters, a brick Italianate mansion with surprising Art Nouveau interior elements, completes this group of homes—all new to the Wright & Like Tour. 

Sunday Morning, June 6th - Step back into the 19th century for a brunch in the Great Hall of the DeKoven Center and a tour of its Gothic Revival Style architecture.

As you explore these remarkable structures, their gardens and sites, we invite you to reflect on the influence of the built environment on the human spirit and to experience the positive effect of these poetic spaces and quiet places on the human soul.
 

Friday June 4th, 2010 - SC Johnson Research Tower Presentation and Dinner in Fortaleza Hall

 

Friday June 4th, 2010 - 5:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$100 per person

Parking will not be available before 5:15 p.m.

Registration Deadline for this event is: May 26, 2010

Join us in SC Johnson's Golden Rondelle for a an illustrated tour and history of Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower, which has been closed since 1981. This rare opportunity to see interior pictures of this iconic structure is presented by Wright scholar and author Mark Hertzberg, and previews his forthcoming book, Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower.

Following a brief video about the construction of Fortaleza Hall, we adjourn to this stunning new addition the SC Johnson campus, designed by London-based Lord Norman Foster, for a reception, fine dining and the opportunity to explore world-class architecture and exhibits.

               

High-tech, energy-conserving design, that is also poetic and symbolic, showcases historic artifacts in this awe-inspiring tribute to Sam Johnson, the late Chairman Emeritus of the company. The Frank Lloyd Wright Library and Reading Room, with its touch-screen displays of letters, blueprints and renderings for Wright's Racine projects, is a special treat. Don't miss it!

Please note: Fortaleza Hall will not be open for the Saturday tour.

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Saturday June 5th, 2010 - Wright & Like Tour

Saturday June 5th, 2010 - 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

 
SC Johnson Administration Building
(1936) Frank Lloyd Wright

Hired by Herbert F. Johnson, Jr., to create an uplifting work environment, Wright designed a building that looks inward and upward to the sky. It is constructed of Wright's Cherokee-red brick and custom glass tubing, which lets in natural light but obscures the distracting outside view. The lily-pad-like columns in the Great Workroom, interspersed with skylights, create a luminous ceiling, truly a cathedral for industry. This National Historic Landmark reinvigorated Wright's career as well as creating a lasting image for the SC Johnson Company. Note: SC Johnson staff will give guided tours, for groups of up to 75 people, on the hour, starting at 9:00 a.m., with the last tour leaving promptly at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Herbert F. Johnson, Jr. House “Wingspread”
(1937) Frank Lloyd Wright

A wigwam-like Great Room, dominated by a massive Cherokee-red brick chimney with multiple fireplaces, forms the heart of this last great Prairie School dwelling. The wings spread from each corner of the Great Room, creating zones, each serving a special function; and creating private, intimate spaces that contrast with the drama and poetry of the central core of this National Historic Landmark. Take a moment to appreciate the peace and quiet of Wingspread's secluded, beautifully landscaped grounds. Note: the last tour group will be admitted at 4:00 p.m.

 

John E. and Catherine Erskine House “Trilogy”
(1955-57)
John Randal McDonald

Trilogy is designed on an equilateral triangular grid, with triangularity as a repeated design motif throughout the entire home. The stone walls, Philippine mahagony paneling and trim, and stone fireplace surrounded by a pool and garden create a rustic but sophisticated interior, embodying McDonald's concept of bringing earth, sky and water into his homes. Sited at the end of a cul-de-sac, overlooking a ravine and the Root River, the house provides privacy, tranquility and spectacular views for its occupants.

 
Frank and Jane Isermann House
(1923) Russell Barr Williamson


This townhouse and National Register property is one of two side-by-side houses designed by Russell Barr Williamson. The home's massing and masonry details, in particular its two-story piers separating the windows, and its hard-to-find entry are all reminiscent of Wright's Bogk house (1916) in Milwaukee, whose construction Williamson supervised. The open-floor plan with subtle changes in floor levels, horizontal wood banding and Japanese-inspired light fixtures are reflective of Wright's Prairie School homes.
 

 

William Mason House
(1957-1960) William Mason

This fine example of a Usonian home was designed and built by its owner, a structural engineer who applied Frank Lloyd Wright's principles of organic architecture. The front elevation is essentially opaque, providing privacy, while large expanses of glass on the interior of the L-shaped floor plan create views of the wooded backyard and take advantage of natural lighting. It is constructed of natural materials—Lannon stone and wood—inside and out, and has roof lines that appear to float above ribbon windows.

 

 

Elmer H. and Dolores Petersen House
“Japanese Snow Flower”
(1950) John Randal McDonald


Although only 1,400 square feet, this home “lives big”—a feeling created by the open loor plan and spaces that borrow from each other visually, design principles that Wright pioneered. Brick and wood paneling and trim create a warm interior, with a raised hearth at its center. With high-set windows on the street-side facade, but large expanses of glass facing the walled garden, this house fosters interaction with nature on a standard urban lot.

 
William and Margaret Walker House
(1909) Architect unknown


Built four years after Wright's Hardy House, the Walker House doesn't break as radically with the past as Hardy. But the influence of the Prairie Style is seen in the use of materials, form, texture and pattern, as evidenced in the treatment of the first floor masonry piers and ornamentation. In 1986, through the efforts of Preservation Racine and others, this house was moved from Lake Avenue to its current location to save it from demolition.
 

Richard J. and Ada T. Christensen House
(1954) John Randal McDonald / 

(2009) Ken Dahlin

Built into the side of a gently sloping site, this nearly 5,000 square-foot home is surprisingly intimate. The public spaces are open and flowing, with a raised hearth as the focal point of the living room. The use of natural materials—stone, wood, bamboo and cork—complemented by a subtle, earth-toned color scheme, creates an elegant and serene environment. This McDonald design was sensitively and respectfully enlarged and updated in 2009, by Racine architect Ken Dahlin, AIA, Genesis Architecture.

 

Henry S. and Caroline Durand Mansion
(1857) Architect unknown

The Durand house is one of Racine's finest examples of an Italianate mansion. The large, ornamented wood brackets, bay windows and porches, as well as its porte-cochere grace the exterior. Its marble fireplaces, original SC Johnson parquet flooring, high coffered ceilings and extensive woodwork won't surprise you, but the early-20th century decorative features will—the Tiffany chandelier and art glass window in the stairwell landing, the art glass library doors, the Arts and Crafts frieze in a bedroom, the art glass dome on the shower and several Art Nouveau-inspired fireplaces. It's not Wright, but it is a delight!

 
   

 

Sunday June 6th, 2010 - Special Event: Brunch and Tour at the DeKoven Center

Sunday, June 6, 2010
Buffet Brunch 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Tours of St. John's Chapel 9:30 a.m. – noon;

Tour of Taylor Hall at noon.

$50 per person

Registration Deadline for this event is May 26, 2010

DeKoven

Enjoy a catered Sunday brunch in the quiet beauty of DeKoven Center's Great Hall and a tour of its St. John's Chapel and Taylor Hall, designed by Racine architect Lucas Bradley. This 19th century (1853–76) complex of Gothic Revival Style cream brick buildings, in a park-like setting on the shore of Lake Michigan, was built originally as the Racine College, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Today, it is a retreat center, venue for special events and home to an art school, Montessori school and Zen Center.

Buffet-style brunch service and continuous, self-guided tours have been designed to provide maximum flexibility and the leisure to explore

  
Ticket Information

Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid lines on the day of the tour and possible sell-outs. Advance tickets may be purchased online (see below) or by calling the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Program Office, (608) 287-0339.

Ticket Price: Members/Non-Members
Advance Purchase - Members $45 / Non-members $50
Day of the Event - Members $50 / Non-members $55 
    

Tickets are NOT refundable.

The number of tickets are limited and sell-outs are possible.

The tour is self-drive. Allow the entire day for the tour. 

Maps will be mailed after May 19th with the tickets. We also suggest you obtain a local map for cross-reference.

The homes will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Please respect the owners' privacy at all other times.

 
Purchase Tickets Online

It is a great help to us if you to buy your event tickets and membership online. By selecting the link below, you will be transferred to PayPal to complete your purchase.

Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets purchased after June 1st may only be picked up at the "Will Call" table of tour headquarters at (they will not be mailed). Tour headquarters is at:   

The Durand Mansion at the Masonic Center
1012 Main Street
Racine, Wisconsin

 

 

 

  Purchase Tickets by Phone or Mail

Our Madison office has extra volunteer staff in the weeks before the tour. However, you may still get voice mail.  Please don't hesitate to leave a message and the volunteers or staff will return your call as soon as possible.

Mailing Address: FLLWWHTP P0 Box 6339 Madison, WI 53716-0339


Purchase Ticket Sales on the Day of the Tour

CAUTION: Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid lines the day of the tour and sell-outs.

Tickets may be purchased beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the tour at:

The Durand Mansion at the Masonic Center
1012 Main Street
Racine, Wisconsin

Tickets may also be purchased at the Isermann House, 6500 Seventh Avenue in Kenosha. Please note: only cash or checks will be accepted at this location, no credit cards.

Tour Headquarters

Saturday, June 5th, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Durand Mansion at the Masonic Center
1012 Main Street,
Racine, Wisconsin

Don't miss the opportunity to tour this fine example of an Italianate mansion that has been well preserved, both inside and out. Its marble fireplaces, original SC Johnson parquet flooring, high coffered ceilings and extensive woodwork won't surprise you, but the early-20th century decorative features will. It's not Wright, but it is a delight!

At tour headquarters you can also purchase tour tickets, learn more about our exciting restoration project of Frank Lloyd Wright's American System-Built Homes on Milwaukee's Burnham Street and view detailed architectural models of them. Our well known vendors, including Shining Brow Booksellers, purveyors of hard-to-find books and printed ephemera by and about Wright, will be on hand. Restrooms and drinking water will also be available.

Important Information
  • A limited number of tickets will be available for this tour. Past tours have sold out. We strongly encourage purchasing your tickets in advance.
  • We regret these private homes are not handicap-accessible.
  • The Wright & Like tour will not be cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Be prepared with sun and/or rain gear.
  • Restrooms are not available at the homes.
  • This program may be subject to change due to events beyond our control.

 

Photos of Fortaleza Hall and the Johnson Research Tower provided by © 2010 Mark
Hertzberg; All Rights Reserved;
Other photos by Bob Hartmann.

Lodging, Dining, and Area Attractions
 

The following establishments in Racine welcome Wright and Like Tour participants. When registering, be sure to ask about special Wright and Like Tour rates.

Racine Marriott
7111 Washington Avenue

262-886-6100 or 800-228-9290 or
www.racinemarriott.com

Prices for the tour special are $119 /night (plus tax), which includes two Healthy Start Breakfasts and two free tickets to the Racine Art Museum (RAM)

Must reserve by May 10, 2010

 

Radisson Inn Harbourwalk
223 Gaslight Circle

262-632-7777 

Standard and Marina View Rooms: $109/night (plus tax)

Request the Wright and Like Group; there is no deadline, but price is based on availability, so we recommend early reservations.

 

Taylor Hall at the DeKoven Center
600 - 21st Street

Contact Julia Peyton at (262) 633-6401 or email jpeyton@dekovencenter.org

Single: $55/night; Double: $65/night. A limited number of dormitory-style rooms are available.

Racine Convention and Vistors Bureau

For information about other hotels, dining and area attractions, contact the Racine Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-272-2463 or visit www.racine.org.

For information about First Friday events in downtown Racine on June 4, contact the Downtown Racine Corporation at 262-634-6002 or visit www.racinedowntown.com.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright at the Racine Heritage Museum

The Racine Heritage Museum, located in Racine's former Carnegie library building, showcases Racine's industrial and ethnic heritage. The museum's Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit features studies of his significant Racine area works that span the length of Wright's long and storied career: the Hardy and Keland homes, Wingspread, and the SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower. The exhibit also includes Wright's renderings of a proposed facility for the YWCA (1949-1950), which was unbuilt, along with the communications between Wright and the YWCA Building Committee. A video, produced by Racine Heritage Museum, features interviews with clients and builders, architects and scholars associated with Wright's Racine projects. Numerous Wright-themed gift items are available in the Museum's shop. There is no admission charge. For hours and other information about the museum, see www.racineheritagemuseum.org.

 

Racine Art Museum (RAM)

RAM's award-winning building is home to the fourth-largest studio crafts collection in North America, featuring work in glass, wood, ceramics, fiber and metal. Since Friday, June 4, is the first Friday of the month, the museum is free and open until 9 p.m. Wright and Like Tour participants will receive half-price admission on Saturday and Sunday by showing their Wright and Like tour tickets. Architectural models of Wright buildings will be on display Saturday and Sunday. For hours and other information about the museum, see www.ramart.org. 

  
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