JUNE 2017 • VOLUME 3 • ISSUE 2
Frank Lloyd Wright's traditional birthday cake is composed of egg-yolk-rich sponge cake assembled with layers of homemade strawberry jam, frosted with whipped cream, drizzled with chocolate, and ornamented with edible flowers. If you would like to taste some of Mr. Wright's favorite cake, reserve your place for the family friendly Wright Celebration for Kids on Saturday, June 17, with author and entertainer Bob Kann in the Hillside Theater. Afterward, everyone will enjoy a large slice of Mr. Wright's birthday cake on the Hillside Lawn. Photo (c) Mark Hertzberg.
50% Off Public Tours in Honor of
Wright's 150th Birthday
Tuesday, June 6–Thursday, June 8

All public tours will be offered at half price in honor of Wright’s 150th. This includes everything from the one-hour Hillside Studio and Theater Tour to the four-hour Estate Tour of the entire Taliesin estate. 
A Wright Celebration for Kids with Author/Entertainer Bob Kann (All Ages)
Saturday, June 17

This family friendly event in Taliesin’s Hillside Theater celebrates Wright’s 150th with a fun and interactive presentation by children’s author and entertainer Bob Kann. Afterwards, visitors will enjoy Wright’s traditional birthday cake on the Hillside lawn.
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Summer Concert Series
Sunday, June 11, 18, and 25

The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, in its 26th season of performing chamber music with a bang, invites world-class musicians to join them in Taliesin’s Hillside Theater to put the element of “play” back into chamber music.
Advanced Architecture Camp: Emergent Design & Model Making (Grades 9-12) July 17-21

This architecture camp for students entering Grades 9-12 will provide valuable experiences using both physical and 3D digital design tools. Students will work both collaboratively and independently in a professional project-based design process, and present their designs to an invited audience. 
Imagine Mars: Design a Future Colony
July 24-28/Grades 4-8

Participants in this summer architecture and planning camp will study the planet Mars with an astronomy educator and be immersed in Wright's principles of organic architecture and his futuristic concept of Broadacre City. At the end of the project week, students will create an exhibition of 2D and 3D work. 

Taliesin Farm Dinner Series
Aug. 27, Sept. 17, Oct. 8 

In the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture, we introduce a series of three farm dinners that express the character of the Driftless Area from summer to fall seasons, and reveal Wright's Wisconsin legacy in the realms of culture and the land, as well as design. A different amazing chef will prepare each dinner.

Photographing Wright
with Andrew  Pielage
Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6

The landmark architecture of Taliesin is the backdrop for a fun weekend of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and photography with professional photographer Andrew Pielage. Participants access intimate interior and exterior spaces of the estate. 

Twilight at Taliesin
Fridays through September

Experience Taliesin in the atmosphere of early evening on this two-hour leisurely experience of TaliesinSpend time as you like, enjoying time in your favorite space, all while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and white wines, End the evening with a light dessert on Wright's bedroom terrace.

Pair Twilight at Taliesin with a Friday evening performance on the Hill at American Players Theatre
and receive a promo code for 25% off.

An Exhibition of Pedro E. Guerrero Photography of Frank Lloyd Wright: Celebrating Two American Masters
Through October

An exhibit of iconic photos by photographer Pedro E. Guerrero (born 100 years ago in 2017) in the Hillside Dana Gallery celebrates the 20-year friendship between two American masters: Wright and Guerrero. View on the Estate, Hillside, and Highlights Tours.
An Exhibition of Robert Hartmann Photography on the Visitor Center's 50th
Through October

Fifty years ago, designer Robert Hartmann captured photographs of The Spring Green restaurant under construction at the edge of the Taliesin estate. These never-before-seen images celebrate the 50th anniversary of what is now known as the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. Free to the public.

Programs for Educators and Classes
Our educators have created experiences specifically for K-12 students and educators. Our tours and immersive programs offer interdisciplinary lessons and inspiration that can be brought back to the classroom.

Architecture Camps for Students

Taliesin Preservation presents six architecture camps in summer 2017 tailored for children grades 3–12, including the new Advanced Architecture: Emergent Design & Model Making (Grades 9-12).

Learn more.

For more information on how to become involved with any of the active projects below or other ongoing architectural and landscape preservation efforts at Taliesin, please contact Erik Flesch, Development Coordinator, at eflesch@taliesinpreservation.org or (608) 588-7900, Ext. 231.
Aaron Betsky, dean of the School of Architecture at Taliesin, Carrie Rodamaker, executive director of Taliesin Preservation, and Stuart Graff, president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, cut the ribbon at a fully restored Tan-y-Deri on June 2 to celebrate this joint accomplishment together with supporters. Photo by volunteer photographer Katherine Lederhause. 
We Celebrate Completion of the Tan-y-Deri Comprehensive Restoration
Completion of the multi-year Tan-y-Deri interior and exterior restoration was celebrated on June 2nd with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with many invited supporters of Taliesin Preservation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin in attendence. The reconstructed prominent front porch was a star of the program, standing as it existed from the late 1930s to the early 1950s.    
Loggia Alcove Restoration Complete

Installation of the Chinese "Court Scene" screen in the Loggia Alcove is now complete. Fully restored by conservator T.K. McClintock, the screen is back in the nook where Frank Lloyd Wright installed it at Taliesin for the first time since the 1990s. 
Willey House Donates Replica Desk

In April, the owners of Frank Lloyd Wright's Malcolm Willey House donated a replica writing desk made of old-growth tidewater cypress for Mrs. Olgivanna Lloyd Wright’s bedroom at Taliesin. 

Spring Prescribed Burns Successful

As part of Taliesin Preservation's responsible year-round stewardship of Taliesin's nearly 800-acres of land, the landscape team conducted a series of prescribed burns in April. This ancient practice discourages invasive species and nourishes the land.

Garden Opening Tradition Continues

What better day to open all the gardens across the Taliesin estate than Earth Day? Taliesin Preservation's loyal volunteers and staff prepared the garden beds in April as they have for decades, and many volunteer each Thursday in the Taliesin landscapes.

Improvements at Visitor Center

As soon as the ground thawed this spring, we made several major upgrades to the Visitor Center. This started with the replacement of the 50-year-old grease trap that serves the Riverview Terrace Cafe inside, as well as the septic system in preparation for daily food service. The entry road was widened as well to allow for easy access by large coach buses from both directions on County Road C.

Development & Communication Intern

We are pleased to welcome intern Devon Christeleit to the Development and Communication Departments this summer. She spent the last two summers as a tour guide at Fallingwater, and has just finished her sophomore year at the University of Pennsylvania, where she plans to major in architecture and minor in urban studies and art history.

Program Department Intern

We are delighted to welcome intern Annaleigh McDonald to the Program Department this summer. Annaleigh is a design historian and designer from Heath, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a B.A. in Design, and she is currently working toward an MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies at Parsons School of Design in conjunction with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Her graduate thesis will focus on the eight Midwestern "jewel box" banks designed by Louis Sullivan. She is particularly interested in curatorial practice, education, and design research.


"I volunteer at Taliesin, and work in the gardens and on the landscape.  I was born and raised on the Wisconsin River, up river from Spring Green.  I understand Mr. Wright's affinity with the tamarack-tinted water, the golden sandbars, the sandstone outcropping and the green beyond green of the hills and bluffs.  I share his pride in Wisconsin and appreciate the relative absence of snobs still.

"For me to dig in Mr. Wright's dirt and help free the plants from earth's grip to adorn the beauty he has created to complement and honor Earth is sublime and profound.  To know he walked the grounds or stood beside a garden bed, appreciating and thinking about what might be next, really makes me happy and proud. It is such a privilege to be where he lived and worked, and has helped me understand him and his work better. It has allowed me also to see how much of Wisconsin and home are in so much of what he built. 

"My son and I stood between Hillside School and the house atop an unglaciated knoll.  As I showed him the land I had gotten to know and tried to explain to him my love of the land and all Mr. Wright has come to mean to me, I was quite overcome.  It is a feeling I get every time I go to Taliesin now.  Whether it is the spirit of the man, the land, Wisconsin or just the nostalgic musings of an old man, I don't know.  I just know it is special,that I have been enormously enriched, and that I am very thankful."

-By Michael J. Collins (Pictured in red at Hillside with a group of volunteers from Johnson Financial he organized to volunteer their time and efforts as part of their annual JFG Community Service Day – SERVICE DAY EVERYDAY)

Photo of 2017 Tour du Taliesin by volunteer photographer Michael Smith, Magic Light Photography. The cycling event drew more than 220 riders to Frank Lloyd Wright's rural nook of the Driftless Area on May 21 for 20-, 40-, 60-, and 100-mile rides that began and ended at Taliesin, and included a post-ride feast at Tan-y-Deri. Thank you to each and every one of our sponsors and riders!
Thank you, Friends of Taliesin & Donors!

Deepest thanks to all who have generously supported Taliesin Preservation in 2017. Your commitment each year ensures Wright's legacy of organic architecture continues at Taliesin in Wisconsin. To discuss your areas of interest at Taliesin and possible future preservation or programming initiatives, contact Erik Flesch, Development Coordinator, at (608) 588-7900, Ext. 231, or

Grant Supports Visitor Center Exhibit

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition awarded Taliesin Preservation a 2017 Creative Community Grant in the amount of $1,740 that has supported a new exhibit of photographs in the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at Taliesin. The exhibit documents the construction of Wright's Riverview Terrace, which opened as The Spring Green restaurant in 1967, with First Lady "Lady Bird" Johnson in attendance. The structure, which now is known as the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.

Welcome, New & Returning Volunteers

An orientation and Springtime Tea in the lovely Garden Court of Taliesin welcomed new volunteers this spring. We appreciate the expertise and enthusiasm of all our volunteers in the Development, Communications, Preservation, and Programs Departments. If you would be interested in more information about volunteer opportunities for individuals or organizations, contact us at volunteer@taliesinpreservation.org
Spring Green Area Arts Coalition President Julie Kardatzke, right, presents Taliesin Preservation Executive Director Carrie Rodamaker, center, and Development Coordinator Erik Flesch, left.
Sidney Robinson is a board member of Third Coast Percussion; Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor, Carleton College; visiting professor in the Landscape Architecture Program, University of Michigan; faculty at The School of Architecture at Taliesin; and founder of the “Architect: Citizen/Artist" scholarship for undergraduate students in architecture at the University of Michigan
Donor Profile: Sidney Robinson

"There is an overwhelming need for resources at a significant scale to preserve, repair, and upgrade the various buildings on the Taliesin estate. Commitment from major supporters is needed to support the successful record of preservation based on on-site experience, historical records, and an understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural goals. The demonstrated effective practice of preservation at Taliesin has been hampered only by a lack of predictable funding.

"My father had a copy of the Wendigen book on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and I read An Autobiography when I was in high school. We visited Taliesin on my way to Carleton College in the fall of 1962 when I first saw how Taliesin is the locus of Wright’s grounding in nature and architecture and how it must continue to serve as an invitation to anyone who desires a better way of life."

-Sidney Robinson


The Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Stay tuned for information on a fall gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. Wright envisaged this "Riverview Terrace" to serve as a modern restaurant and to stand as a gateway to Taliesin. It opened in 1967 after Wright's death as a restaurant called The Spring Green with First Lady "Lady Bird" Johnson as the guest of honor. Today it houses the Taliesin Bookstore and Riverview Terrace Cafe, and all tours begin and end with a sweeping view of the Wisconsin River.

New! Stability Tabletop Sprite

Adapted from the Frank Lloyd Wright collaboration with Alfonso Iannelli on sprite scuptures for the 1914 Midway Gardens, an indoor-outdoor entertainment complex located on Chicago’s south side. Learn more.

Browse a thoughtfully composed collection
of Wright-inspired fascinations at the Taliesin Bookstore. We carry accoutrements for the admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright, organic design, and other subjects intimately relevant to Taliesin. Shop online.
The Riverview Terrace Café is open for leisurely lunches all through the tour season. Enjoy tasteful cuisine with many locally sourced ingredients, including produce grown on Taliesin soil. Dramatic views over the Wisconsin River and a nice selection of wines and beers make times spent dining between your tours a delightful experience.

Host a private event at the Riverview Terrace Café in the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, or in other spaces across the Taliesin estate. Contact Aron Meudt-Thering, Development Events & Communications Coordinator, at (608)588-7900, Ext. 221, or at events@taliesinpreservation.org.

Mr. Wright's Birthday, June 1937: 
The Spirit of Youth and a More Dignified Idea
of the Beauty and Meaning of Work

"That the apprentices, regardless of years, should have the spirit of youth is a cardinal qualification of membership in the Fellowship. Nothing has brought that quality to the surface more than the "treasure-hunt" we held on the occasion of Mr. Wright's birthday. While the treasure hunt lasted we were all children very young in spirit. Don't laugh at us for being childish until you have tried the hunt yourself. You will find that you will leave most of your dignity and all of your reserve at home or lose it on the road." ...

"The following morning we enjoyed a more characteristic celebration. An earlier than usual breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Wright presiding over a huge bowl of strawberries, pitchers of cream  — and enough otherwise to call it a good diner. Then keeping up with the spirit of the occasion we had a review of the Sunday Playhouse program  — one of the best we've ever had in our Playhouse." -EARL FRIAR

1953 birthday photo of Wright by David Mann
courtesy William B. Scott, Jr. Collection, OAD Archives.

Excerpt from "At Taliesin: Newspaper Columns by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship,"  ©1992 by The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, compiled by Randolph C. Henning (foreword by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer).

Tag the photographs of your Taliesin experience
#taliesinpreservation on social media.

Taliesin partner Otter Creek Organic Farm plants corn at Taliesin, by Mary Pohlman
Taliesin Living Room detail by Carrie Rodamaker, Taliesin Preservation Executive Director
Peonies and Hill Crown at Taliesin, by Sara Lomasz Flesch, Taliesin Preservation Human Resources Manager
View across Tan-y-Deri Terrace, by Steve Sikora of
Frank Lloyd Wright's Willey House
Mamah Borthwick Cheney's memorial at Unity Chapel, by volunteer Michael J.Collins
Frank Lloyd Wright's memorial at Unity Chapel, by volunteer Michael J. Collins
Tour du Taliesin by volunteer photographer Michael Smith, Magic Light Photography
Midway Barn by volunteer photographer Michael Smith, Magic Light Photography
The Taliesin Preservation Program Department was supported in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.