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photo of Warehouse
little red box This massive red brick and concrete building would be impressive in any setting; it is especially so in the small Wisconsin town where Wright was born. Designed in 1915 and constructed between 1917 and 1921 for a local commodity wholesaler, Albert D. German, the four-story warehouse was subsequently used to store sugar, flour, coffee, tobacco and other staples.
little red box In the 1970's it was modified to accommodate a gift shop and small theater on the first floor, and an exhibition of large photo murals which illustrate Wright's architectural work on the second floor.

little red box The Warehouse is one of only a few major public buildings designed by Wright during the mid-teens that was actually constructed. With the demolition of his Midway Gardens in Chicago and the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, it has become the only extant example from that decade in which he employed sculptural ornamentation so extensively. The elaborate cast concrete frieze of repeated geometric motifs surrounding the upper portion of the Warehouse foreshadows Wright's even more extensive integration of structure and ornament in the concrete block residences he designed in the 1920's.

Address
PO Box 436, 300 South Church Street, Richland Center, Wisconsin 53581
 
Days and hours
Open to the public on Sundays, May through October, 10 am - 2 pm, other times by appointment. Docent guided tours on the quarter hour.
Admission $10 

For more information visit www.adgermanwarehouse.org, call 608.604.5034, or email larbegust@gmail.com 

Area Information

Richland Center Tourism
397 W. Seminary St. Richland Center, WI 53581
 


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