America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, was born in 1867 in the rolling hills of Richland Center, Wisconsin, to a family of Unitarians. Even with world-class commissions like New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, his organic architecture remains rooted in Wisconsin’s landscape, from affordable-housing prototypes in Milwaukee to his summer home and architecture school in rural Spring Green. This comprehensive guide to Wright’s designs (and those of his protégés) that are open to the public—as well as insider historical information about sites now demolished, and those available for “drive-bys” only—is for the architecture or history fan looking for tours, overnight stays or creative inspiration.
Based in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized design and travel author with articles published on Travel + Leisure’s and Architectural Digest’s websites, as well as in Time, Midwest Living, and Milwaukee Magazine. She is also the author of Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries.
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin" is a long-overdue look inside the Wisconsin works of Wisconsin's greatest architect and the people who inhabit and care for them. Hansen's great stories are also beautifully illustrated, making this a must for all fans of Wright, of architecture and of Wisconsin's history and treasures."
-Bobby Tanzilo, author of "Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses" and "Hidden History of Milwaukee," and of the OnMilwaukee "Urban Spelunking" series of articles, also heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
"Frank Lloyd Wright was a quirky visionary, decades ahead of his time in architectural design, and now we have often-fascinating, candid backstories for his best-known and little-known projects throughout Wisconsin. I appreciate Kristine’s carefully detailed research to get us better acquainted with the iconic architect. She simultaneously nails down what makes Wisconsin an extraordinary destination for exploring Wright’s works."
-Mary Bergin, author of "Small-Town Wisconsin: Fun, Surprising, and Exceptional Road Trips" and "Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook: Iconic Fare and Nostalgia from Landmark Eateries"
"This book is a tasty morsel for all those who hunger for Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. There is a growing appetite among the public to experience Wright's Wisconsin architecture firsthand, and this book will help make that experience a savory and enjoyable adventure."
-Robert Hartmann, past president of Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin (Wright in Wisconsin)
"Wisconsin inspired all of Frank Lloyd Wright. It was his playground, his toolkit, his raw material, and his color palette. It is where he first observed Nature shaping and reshaping spaces and decided that he would too. Wisconsin is the origin of Wright’s organic design, so to see and appreciate Wright’s work -- no matter where in the world it is -- is to know his home state. This book will get you started."
- Nicholas Dale Hayes, Author of "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Forgotten House" and steward of Wright’s Elizabeth Murphy House.