Frank Lloyd Wright's Wingspread is one of the stops on the architectural tour

Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Opens in Wisconsin

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trail connects nine Wright-designed historical sites in southern Wisconsin. The trail takes visitors on a self-guided architectural tour through nine counties; three of the historical sites are located in Racine.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Trail

There are nine stops on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. The first two are the SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower. The company's signature Landmarks Tour is 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration, and is offered to the public free of charge Thursday through Sunday. This tour includes the Administration Building and the 15-story Research Tower, as well as the Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall (which includes the Timeline Tunnel and The Lily Pad gift shop). Tour reservations are required and can be made at SCJohnson -- Visit

Next is Wingspread -- the impressive mansion built for the Johnson family.

Burnham American System Built Homes on West Burnham Street and Layton Boulevand in Milwaukee are the six of the original homes that are still standing. Tours of the Burnham home are given on select weekends by trained docents.

Monona Terrace -- Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center -- sits near the waterfront in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wright designed several churches, particularly Unitarian religious houses, but the First Unitarian Society Meeting House is one of Wright's best known religious buildings and often visited.

Of course, there's his perhaps most famous Taliesin and the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This 800-acre estate overlooks the Wisconsin River and has six Wright-designed structures.

Also in Spring Green, Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that promotes the arts and culture. Although they don't charge for tours, they do request a free-will donation.

The final stop on the tour is the AD German Warehouse at 300 South Church Street Richland Center. The rather squat building doesn't immediately look like a Wright structure with its ornamental details which makes it even more intriguing. Although it started as a storage place for commodities such as sugar, flour, and coffee, today it is home to a small theater and exhibit of large photos of Wright's architectural work.

The SC Johnson Gallery

Also opening today is The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright, a rotating selection of Wright's designs and artifacts that explores the legendary architect's influence on families and the American home. Located in SC Johnson's Fortaleza Hall, The Gallery is the result of a July 2011 agreement between SC Johnson and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for a long-term loan of a collection of Wright artifacts.

Visitors to the trail can use the newly launched Frank Lloyd Wright Trail mobile app to guide their way along the nine historical sites. The app is a comprehensive resource for visitors, allowing them to schedule a tour,

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May 10, 2017

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