New Tours Added At Taliesin In Spring Green, Wisconsin
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For more than twenty years, Taliesin Preservation, Inc. (TPI) has been operating a tour program of Frank Lloyd Wright’s private estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin - a program that directly supports their mission to preserve the buildings, artifacts, and landscape of the estate as well as Wright’s legacy in Wisconsin. Now for 2012, four new specialty tours have been added to the line-up that will appeal to a wide range of people and interests. Learn...
For more than twenty years, Taliesin Preservation, Inc. (TPI) has been operating a tour program of Frank Lloyd Wright’s private estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin - a program that directly supports their mission to preserve the buildings, artifacts, and landscape of the estate as well as Wright’s legacy in Wisconsin. Now for 2012, four new specialty tours have been added to the line-up that will appeal to a wide range of people and interests. Learn more after the jump...Taliesin, Wright’s personal home and laboratory for nearly fifty years of his life, inhabits a valley originally settled by his maternal grandparents in the 1860s. The estate is a National Historic Landmark comprised of 600 acres of rolling hills, actively farmed fields, native trees and a pond, along with five Wright-designed structures, including Taliesin itself, a 37,000-square-ft. residence. TPI consistently works to improve the Taliesin tour program, to ensure visitors take away an understanding of the scope of Taliesin - not just in size, but its historical and cultural significance, and the year-round studies and work being done to preserve it.
In addition to the Hillside Tour, Highlights Tour, House Tour and Estate Tour, offered daily by popular demand, TPI has added four Specialty Tours, each scheduled one Friday per month during the regular tour season. The Specialty Tours are designed to concentrate on unique themes which enhance the experience of Wright’s home and the understanding of his architectural philosophy. The themes are landscape, preservation, observation and biography:
Landscape Tour (Two Hours)
First Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m., May - October
Cost: $30 per person ($25 seniors/students/military)
This tour focuses on the exterior landscape of the Taliesin estate. Areas of discussion include Wright’s architecture in relation to the landscape, early farming techniques, and how the estate is used agriculturally today. This tour will get visitors closer to Midway Barns than any other tour, in order to show guests how Wright used the building. This tour is entirely outdoors so that guests may experience the beautiful landscape which inspired Wright.
Preservation Tour (2-1/2 Hours)
Second Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m., May - October
Cost: $57 per person ($52 seniors/students/military)
This tour is for the architectural enthusiast as well as those interested in “behind-the-scenes” information on the preservation work at Taliesin. The focus will be on materials and construction both past and present, while addressing changes made to ensure the endurance of Wright’s architecture. The tour begins with an introductory presentation at the Visitor Center. Then, guests will depart on a shuttle to visit specific places on the estate in which preservation work has been completed, is ongoing or is scheduled to begin. The tour is limited to 14 people to ensure that each guest gets an up-close and personal experience.
Exploring Taliesin Tour (Two Hours)
Third Friday of each month at 4:30 p.m., May - September
Cost: $57 per person ($52 seniors/students/military)
This new interactive tour focuses not on history or “stories,” but on large- and small-scale elements of Taliesin and how they contribute to a unique experience. Beginning with the visual component, guests will be encouraged to share their reactions to what they see, allowing them to come to a better understanding of Wright’s architecture through their own experience of the structure.
The tour is offered in the late afternoon so as to capture Taliesin in the most effective lighting. Leisurely in pace, the tour allows guests to spend time in the Garden Court, Mr. Wright’s Drafting Studio, and Living Room. Time will be taken to appreciate how both small and large elements of the architecture contribute to the unique qualities of Wright's designs. This tour is limited to 14 people to ensure that each guest gets an up-close and personal experience. Some basic understanding of Wright’s career is assumed.
Loving Frank Tour (Two Hours)
Fourth Friday of each month - 10:00 a.m., May - October
$57 per person ($52 seniors, students, military)
This tour is an intimate look at Taliesin from Mamah Borthwick’s point of view in Nancy Horan's best-selling book, Loving Frank. Visitors will experience those parts of Taliesin described in the book, and how they relate today to what existed from 1911 to 1914. The tour includes readings from the book by our professional staff while visitors enjoy Wright's living room, with a stop at Unity Chapel cemetery to see Mamah's final resting place at the end of the tour.
Taliesin in Wisconsin is open for tours everyday, May through October. Tours begin at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center and advance reservations for all tours are strongly advised. For more information about Taliesin Preservation, Inc. and visitor guide information, visit the Taliesin website or make a reservation by calling toll-free (877) 588-7900.
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