Madison Mid-Century Modern House Tour: Sunset Hills
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This just in! Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin's Madison Mid-Century Modern Homes Tour: Sunset Hills will take place on Sunday, October 24. More detials after the jump... From the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin press release: The tour, co-sponsored by The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sunset Hills Neighborhood Association, is your chance to experience five exceptional examples of mid-century Modern residential design, all of which will be open to the public for the first...
The tour, co-sponsored by The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sunset Hills Neighborhood Association, is your chance to experience five exceptional examples of mid-century Modern residential design, all of which will be open to the public for the first time! The homes will be open for guided interior tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin members are the first to hear about and have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event.
The Sunset Hills neighborhood was developed in the mid 50's and early 60's by Willis Gifford on land he owned on Madison's near west side. From its inception, deed restrictions specified that new houses respect the lot's topography; be constructed of a mixture of masonry, wood, and other materials; be of contemporary and modern design; and be designed by an architect. The resulting neighborhood is one of the densest concentrations of exemplary mid-century Modern residential architecture in the city.
Not surprisingly the work of Wright apprentices and students appears in the neighborhood and will be featured on this tour. One of the Herb Fritz designed homes in Sunset Hills will be open for this tour and a second tour home, by Taliesin student Herb DeLevie appears to have had some involvement by Fritz as well. In addition, one of the two neighborhood homes by Madison architect William Kaeser will be open.
The tour will also include two homes believed to have been designed by John Randal McDonald of Racine, who is well known to fans of organic architecture. Although McDonald's early involvement in the subdivision has been confirmed, and his hallmarks are evident in these homes, both are part of an intriguing and on-going detective story.
Tickets are $45 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will be strictly limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. A combination ticket and map will be mailed to participants.
This tour does require walking. Guests will park in designated parking lots and walk into the neighborhood where the tour homes are situated along a two block radius. These are private homes and as such they are not handicap accessible. Tour takes place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.
To order your tickets call the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin office at 608-287-0339.
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