The Frank Lloyd Wright Trail runs through Racine County on a 200-mile, self-guided architectural adventure.
The FLW Trail, established in 2016, takes visitors to nine Wright-designed buildings, all open to the public. The trail, a partnership of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, is marked by specially designed signage. Wright (1867-1959) is widely regarded as America's greatest architect and the originator of organic architecture, which focuses on harmonizing design with nature and people.
Racine, Wind Point sites
In Racine County, visitors may tour the SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower at 1525 Howe Street in Racine and the Wingspread home at 33 East Four Mile Road in Wind Point. The tours are free.
The SC Johnson Administration Building, the household products manufacturer's global headquarters, was completed in 1939. It features The Great Workroom, a large open space supported by a series of unique, concrete columns. The Research Tower, which opened in 1950, is constructed on the cantilever principle off a center core. Its outer walls are alternating bands of brickwork and glass tubing.
The 90-minute tours of the SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower include the Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall that houses the SC Johnson Gallery: At Home With Frank Lloyd Wright and the Lily Pad gift shop featuring SC Johnson memorabilia and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired merchandise. The tours begin and end at the Golden Rondelle Theater, that served as the Johnson Pavilion at the 1964-56 New York World's Fair.
From May 1 through September 30, tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The documentary film "Carnauba: A Son's Memoir" is shown at 1 p.m. Sundays in the Golden Rondelle. Tour and film reservations are required and can be made at http://www.scjohnson.com/visit or at 262-260-2154.
Wingspread, is a 14,000-square-foot Prairie-style home that Wright designed for H.F. Johnson Jr. The property, on a 36-acre wooded tract, is now a conference facility operated by the Johnson Foundation of Wingspread. Tours are available Wednesday through Friday by appointment at http://www.scjohnson.com/visit or at 262-681-3353.
Other FLW Trail stops
You're invited to continue on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail to these other architecturally significant sites:
Burnham American System-Built homes, Milwaukee.
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison.
First Unitarian Society Meeting House, Madison.
Taliesin and the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, Spring Green.
Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center, Spring Green.
AD German Warehouse, Richland Center
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has more about the FLW Trail on its website: http://www.travelwisconsin.com