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What is Taliesin?
It is the name of Wright’s home as well as the 800-acre architectural campus that includes buildings from nearly every decade of his career. Taliesin was Wright’s primary residence for 48 years from 1911 to 1959. It was his laboratory for architectural designs and innovation, and continues to serve the Taliesin community.

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Where is Taliesin?
Taliesin is located near Spring Green, Wisconsin in the southwestern part of the state.

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What is Taliesin Preservation?
Taliesin Preservation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Taliesin Preservation works solely to preserve Taliesin in Wisconsin.

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How long has Taliesin Preservation existed?
Taliesin Preservation was founded on August 1, 1990.

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What is Taliesin Preservation's mission?
Taliesin Preservation works to preserve the Taliesin estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin as an eminent example of the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright and to educate the public about the history and importance of Taliesin and Wright. 

Taliesin Preservation owns and operates the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, offers public access to and education about Taliesin, conducts the preservation program designed to maintain and restore Taliesin’s built environment and landscape, and oversees the on-site organization and care of the building collections and furniture.

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Where does Taliesin Preservation get its funding?
Sustaining Taliesin requires a willing community of volunteers, sponsors and donors. Taliesin's Board of Trustees and staff are committed to its mission and vision. Further, generous individuals, foundations and corporations invest their time and dollars to our organization. Our tour program and bookstore also contribute to our funding and the procedees from those departments go directly to preserving Taliesin.

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How is Taliesin Preservation related to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation?
Taliesin Preservation works with, but is not a part of, the foundation. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation owns Frank Lloyd Wright’s two estates (in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona) and operates the Wisconsin estate seasonally, with a core number of year-round staff and residents. Taliesin Preservation owns and operates the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center adjacent to the Taliesin estate, and owns a public easement to the estate.

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How does the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation assist in the preservation of Taliesin in Wisconsin?
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation assists Taliesin Preservation in research regarding the buildings on the Taliesin estate, its on-site collections, and with decisions regarding landscape maintenance. Taliesin Preservation and the foundation share a maintenance agreement of the estate for non-preservation related activities. Additionally, some preservation work during the summer is carried out with assistance from apprentices in the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

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Isn't there another Taliesin?
Yes, there is: Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona.Wright designed Taliesin West as his winter home beginning in 1937. Following this, he spent the winters in Arizona and the summers in Wisconsin, and made changes every year to the two sites.

Tours are also conducted at Taliesin West. Information about their tours is available through the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation website.

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