Sunday, October 2
Cultural Landscapes Farm Dinner

This fall dining experience highlights the bounty of harvest and the cultural landscape of Taliesin. An optional guided hike through the historic Taliesin apple orchard, vineyard, and garden spaces will reveal the beauty of Wright’s landscape design. Apple pressing and conversations with special guests will round out a lovely evening.

$85/person. SOLD OUT

Tuesday, October 18
Wright’s Romeo &Juliet Windmill: Romantic Love as the Idea
of Structure in Architectural Form

An evening of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, including the Romeo and Juliet Windmill and its connection to Shakespeare’s tragedy. Visitors will tour Wright’s extraordinary Hillside buildings, enjoy a talk about Wright's powerful idea for the windmill, and savor wine and cheese in the Hillside Theater.

$10/person. Learn More or Register.

Month of November
Fall Weekend-Only Tours Resume

Reserve your tickets to enjoy Taliesin in a magical setting of fall leaves before the public tour season ends December 1st for the winter. October 31st marks the last day of the full spectrum of tours and the return of the November shoulder season. Taliesin House Tours will be offered each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month of November.

Learn More or Register.

Saturday, December 3 &
Saturday, December 10
2nd Annual Winter Festival

Experience horse-drawn wagon rides across the 800-acre Taliesin estate and warm up with wintry beverages by the fireside. Kids’ activities will be offered at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, where the Riverview Spring Green Restaurant will be open for lunch and the Taliesin Bookstore will be open for all your holiday shopping needs.

$20/adult, $10/child. Learn More or Register.

"From the minute I stepped off the bus that transported us to Taliesin from the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, I felt like I had enter sacred space. ... It is a must-see for anyone who is influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture."

-August 2016 Visitor

Historic Porch Reconstruction Underway
Reconstruction of Tan-y-Deri's prominent front porch is now underway, and by spring 2017 will stand as it existed from the late 1930’s to the early 1950’s.  We are grateful to Daniel Baumann for his support of this project in memory of Karen Baumann, who delighted in Taliesin and took a particular interest in working in the Taliesin gardens.

Jane Porter sits with her daughter, Anna, and son, Franklin, on the porch with her and brother Frank's' mother, Anna Lloyd Wright.

Two Tall Spires Receive a Needed Lift

The wooden spire that crowns the Midway Barn milk tower — which Wright famously identified as a "tribute to the Guernsey Cow's teat" — received needed restoration work, and the metal spire atop the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center hexagonal office was scraped and repainted in August.

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Hillside Improvements Focus on Details

The Taliesin Preservation team performed ongoing painting work this summer at Hillside on the south end of the Taliesin estate. Countless pieces of trim received new stain or paint, including the mullions and red square details of the clerestory windows of the Hillside drafting studio's sawtooth roof.

Lower Court Student Project Advances

A new class of University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering students began their semester project at Taliesin in collaboration with Taliesin Preservation this fall. The students will be looking in more depth and detail at the Taliesin Lower Court Comprehensive Restoration Project advanced by a previous class last year.

"Thanks, Frank Lloyd Wright, for creating such a wonderful place and also Taliesin Preservation for looking after it."

-September 2016 Estate Tour Visitor

Taliesin apprentice Jesse C. "Cary" Caraway and friends press grapes in 1936.  Courtesy The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art/Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University). All rights reserved.

"When the wine-making season comes, we all go in automobiles, station wagons, trucks—taking picnic lunches with us—to gather wild grapes, chokecherries, blackberries, elderberries. Permeated with warm
autumn sun we return home. The following weeks we crush and prepare
our grapes and berries for wine. We gather our apples and the golden
season of apple cider sets in. Large crocks are filled with cider and tin cups
hung by them stand in the court for the boys to drink while the cider press keeps on working, making more for the hard cider we will drink next spring and the vinegar we need.

-Frank Lloyd Wright,
An Autobiography
Landscape preservation continues to include Wright's historic orchard and vineyard, which were an integral part of Wright's original plan for the Taliesin residence in 1911. Volunteers, staff, students, and guests have a hand in their maintenance and harvest. The October Cultural Landscape Fall Dinner will include a guided hike through the orchard and vineyard, as well as apple pressing.
Apprentices prepare to depart Wisconsin for Arizona for the winter in matching Cherokee Red vehicles, including a new fleet of Crosley Hotshots, in a 1950 early snow at Hillside. Photo by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, courtesy The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art/Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University). All rights reserved.

Wright's Taliesin Fellowship began the annual fall migration from Taliesin in Wisconsin to a warm Sonoran Desert setting in Scottsdale, Arizona, beginning in 1937. They named the satellite campus Taliesin West, and today the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture continues to migrate seasonally between the two campuses. This year, the students depart Wisconsin in mid-October, and some of them still caravan cross-country as Wright's apprentices did. Taliesin Preservation staff, however, remain in Wisconsin through the winter to continue preservation work and doing the business of preparing educational and cultural programming for the public.
The Porter family, including Wright's sister, Jane, press apples for cider in the late 1930's outside their home, Tan-y-Deri, where the family lived for nearly 50 years. Tan-y-Deri was designed by Wright in 1907, and became part of the Taliesin estate in the early 1950s. Courtesy the Porter Family.

Taliesin's legacy includes the memories of those touched by Frank Lloyd Wright. Share your stories of Wright or Taliesin.

Hillside Drafting Studio, by Caroline Hamblen
Portions of the Taliesin estate by air, by Ryan Hewson

Whether you are just getting to know Taliesin or it has been in your blood for many years, there is no mistaking the international significance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, studio and school in Spring Green, Wisconsin. A gift to Taliesin Preservation, in any amount, is the hard-working investment protecting and securing Wright’s buildings, landscape and cultural environment to be shared and explored by all.

There are a variety of ways to support Taliesin Preservation’s mission including Corporate Sponsorship and Partnerships, Private Entertaining, Donor Advised Funds, Tribute Gifts, Planned Giving, Employer Match and Gifts of Stock. It is easy and safe to make a gift online.
You may wish to take advantage of the benefits of membership by becoming a Friend of Taliesin.
As you plan your year-end giving, please be advised of the December 2015 decision in Congress regarding charitable gifts from an individual retirement account (IRA). If you are 70 and ½ years of age or older, you are able to donate up to $100,000 from your individual retirement accounts (IRA) and Roth IRAs directly to charitable nonprofits without having to claim the withdrawals as taxable income.
If you would like more information about the various ways you can support Taliesin Preservation please contact Sarah Milestone at (608) 459-0914 or by email.

"Your new behind-the-scenes newsletter is wonderful—stunning new pictures, excellent text descriptions, and invitations to partake, and donate in various ways. I applaud your turning all of the progressive preservation work into a fascinating story, to keep tuned to, and not to miss. ...

It was fascinating and exciting."

-Susan Jacobs Lockhart,
Taliesin Fellowship 45-year member,
Past member of the Taliesin Preservation Board of Trustees

Taliesin Preservation Welcomes New Trustees

We are pleased to welcome Douglas S. Buck (left), business attorney and head of the Foley & Lardner Real Estate Practice in Madison; and Paul Krajniak (right), Retired Executive Director of Discovery World in Milwaukee. We also welcome Monty Schiro, President of Food Fight Restaurant Group; and Sarah Klavas, Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

The House That Love Built, Before it Was Gone

T, The New York Times Style Magazine, explores the tragic side of the homes of Monica Vitti, Eileen Gray and Frank Lloyd Wright, for whom homes were related to passionate affairs. Read full story.

Virtual Taliesin:
Intro to 3D Technology

On October 22, the Spring Green, Wisconsin, Community Library welcomes the Living Environments Laboratory (LEL) from UW-Madison to present their immersion 3D technology featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. More information.

Usonian Inn Near Taliesin For Sale

Designed by Wright apprentice Jesse C. "Cary" Caraway (pictured in history feature above) in 1948, this Usonian motor inn listed on the State and National Register of Historic places is located six miles from Taliesin and is available for purchase. Read more.


We thank all who support Taliesin Preservation, including the following individuals. Your commitment ensures Wright's legacy of organic architecture in Wisconsin.

 $5,000 or More
Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation Inc. Tania and John Burke

The Estate of Robert A. Leady
Emily and T.K. McClintock

Anne and Fred Stratton, Jr.

 $2,500 to $4,999
Sidney Robinson
SC Johnson

$1,000 to $2,499
  Dana and Todd Asmuth  
Dr. Annette Beyer-Mears
Emily and Douglas Buck
Jane and Chris Clark
Richard Ditton
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Barbara and Jerry Heinzeroth
Daniel Lauderback
Ray Lipman and Mary Sander
David Lloyd
Madison Magazine Inc.
Margaret A. and Howard L. Marklein
Linda and Daniel Marquardt
Sarah Milestone
Julie and Mark Schmitz
Christopher Stevenson
Syklus Sport Inc.
TH Manufacturing Inc.
Julia and Robert Taubman
The Chicago Community Foundation
Grace and Mark Thomsen

$500 to $999 
Anthony W. Asmuth, III  
Warren R. Bauer
John Campbell
Cramer Studio Inc.
Orville Dodson
Craig Feathers
Neil Frankel Elizabeth and Alan Frigy
Henry Gurr
Richard L. Hay
IIllinois Tool Works Foundation
Junek Family Fund
Mary and Michael Lenehan

Stewart Macaulay  
Margot Madsen
Anne and Jacob Morrison
Richland Medical Center
Ann Pollock and James Coors
Roshelle Ritzenthaler
Charlotte and Michael Smith
The Opal Man
The Saint Paul Foundation
Thermo Dynamics
James Tye 

$250 to $499
  Barbara and Ross Altman
Thomas Boehnen
Kathryn and Thomas Brockhaus
LaVonne and David Callsen
CESA Statewide Network
Citizens Natural Resources Association
G. J. Coatsworth
Calvin Corell
Michele Dale
Debra Dawidziak and Danilo Cumbajin
Patrick Deaton
Dr. Herodotos Ellinas
Philip D. Elmore
Environmental Law and Policy Center
Natalie and Daniel Erdman
Sally Frings
Jean and Kevin Froeter
Patricia A. Frost
General Mills Foundation
Lori Grapentine
Amanda and Mark Harrison
Kirsten and Chuck Henderson
Cindy and Mark Hertzberg
Donna and Robert Hoene
Dr. Robert Horvitz
Laurie and Timothy Howland
Harry J. Krueger  
D. Eric Leedy and J. Kronewitter-Leedy  
Gretchen Lins  
Susan Jacobs Lockhart and Neil Levine
Catherine and James Lulinski
Diane and Bruce MacEwen
Michael May
George I. Meyer
Dale Nicholls
Notaro Grupp Associates
Janet and Theodore Reinke
Sherry and Frank Retherford
Christian Riesterer
Melanie Ringer & Joseph E. Nordsieck
Carrie Rodamaker

Jacob Sattler and Kierra Pettit
Kate and Will Schoyer
Nancy and Ira Simet
Lisa and Bob Sorge
Cheryl and Craig Stansifer
Emily and Daniel Stephans
Celia and Robert Stretmater
Amy and Jeff Supple
Stephanie Sutton
Patricia and Lawrence Timmons
Gerald Utt
Willits Robinson Preservation Foundation
Barbara and Charles Wills
James Zimmerman
Ann and David Zimrin   

Thank you to our corporate friends who provide gifts in kind.

Botham Vineyards & Winery
Fazenda Boa Terra  
Isthmus Publishing
Just Coffee Cooperative
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company
Shellac.Net Wood Finish Supply
Syklus Sport Inc.
Urban Land Interest  

Gifts from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016

A special thanks to Taliesin Preservation's most dedicated contributors — representing those who have made a significant impact over time.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation Inc.
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Ralph Evinrude Foundation
Julia and David Uihlein
Anne and Fred Stratton, Jr.
Wisconsin Energy Foundation
Steigleder Charitable Trust
Frank L. Weyenberg Charitable Trust
M & I Foundation Inc.
Karen Ellzey and Tim Wright
Daniel Baumann  


Would you like to host a private event in the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center cafe space? Contact us.


All tours of the Taliesin estate beautifully begin and end at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. It is a delightful work of Wright's organic architecture of the 1950s directly overlooking the Wisconsin River. 

Inside this gateway to the Taliesin estate, guests can enjoy locally sourced cuisine at the Riverview Spring Green Restaurant and browse a thoughtfully composed collection
of Wright-inspired fascinations at the 
Taliesin Bookstore.

May - October
Open every day 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

April and November 
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

December - March
Closed except for private entertaining. Contact us to arrange a private event or tour.

This structurally novel bridge-like design spanning two hills beside the Wisconsin River was designed by Wright as the "Riverview Terrace" to serve as a modern fine restaurant for travelers and locals alike, and be a gateway to those visiting Taliesin.

It opened as a restaurant in 1967 after construction was interrupted by Wright's death eight years earlier when it was already well underway, and is fondly remembered for its exquisite Wisconsin River views and elegant cocktails. The uses of the structure were expanded after Taliesin Preservation was formed in 1990.

Taliesin: A Year With Frank Lloyd Wright
by Priscilla J. Henken

This fascinating tome documents the time Priscilla J. Henken lived at Taliesin with her husband, David, as part of the Taliesin Fellowship. Her lively description of day-to-day life on the communal working farm provides unique insights into the world of Wright during the period; social and spiritual movements; and the clash of cultures represented by two socialist, Jewish New Yorkers and the Midwestern farm community at Taliesin.

Ornament Your Holiday Home

The Taliesin Bookstore offers a surprising range of accoutrements for the home and studio — especially welcome as gifts for yourself or others as the holidays approach. Favorites include 2D and 3D metal ornaments adapted from Wright architectural details. We also carry prints, fine furnishings, games, educational toys, textiles, clothing, jewelry, wearable art, inspirational novelties — as well as an extensive line of books for the admirers of Frank Lloyd Wright, organic design and other subjects intimately relevant to Taliesin. 


Tag your Taliesin experience photographs
#taliesinpreservation on social media.

Taliesin Waterfall, by Joel G. Hooks
Taliesin's Welsh Hills at Dawn, by Patty Lucas,
Taliesin Preservation Group Tour Coordinator
Wright's Terrace at Sunrise, by Joel G. Hooks
Midway Barn Milk Tower, by John Jensen
Hillside Assembly Hall, by Cyndi Thering,
Taliesin Preservation Tour Guide

This season, with your support, Taliesin Preservation offered many exciting programs and social events to fill Taliesin's interior and exterior spaces with new life. Here is a look back at some recent events this season.
Agricultural Landscape Dinner
Saturday, June 25

Taliesin Preservation Summer Social
Sunday, July 24

Twilight Tour
Friday, August 5

Photographing Wright
Weekend of August 13-14
Image courtesy Andrew Pielage.

Natural Landscape Dinner
Sunday, August 21
Photo by Cate Boldt
Twilight Tour
Friday, July 1
Neighborhood Open House
Wednesday, August 3
Chinese Brush Painting
Weekend of August 20-21

Twilight Tour
Friday, September 2

Fall Cocktail Reception
Sunday, September 24
Photo by Aron Meudt-Thering