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What is Taliesin?
Taliesin was the home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He first designed the home for himself in 1911. From that time until his death in 1959, Wright continuously changed the home and the surrounding landscape, which included buildings that he had designed for his family.

At the time of Frank Lloyd Wright's death, "Taliesin" referred to the home, the surrounding 600-acre estate, and 4 other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures.

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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, Inc. (TPI)?
TPI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded upon the recommendations of a commission in 1988 under then-Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson. TPI works solely to preserve Taliesin in Wisconsin and is not a part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (more information on that organization is below).

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How long has TPI existed?
TPI was founded in 1991.

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What is TPI’s mission?
TPI 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. The Taliesin Estate includes 600 acres and five Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings.

TPI owns and operates the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, offers public access to and education about the Taliesin Estate, 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 TPI get its funding?
TPI obtains funding through its retail program, which includes:

  • Taliesin tours
  • The Taliesin Bookstore, including e-commerce,

and through the financial assistance of public and private donors, and written grants.

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How is TPI related to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation?
TPI 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. TPI 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 TPI in research regarding the buildings on the Taliesin Estate, its on-site collections, and with decisions regarding landscape maintenance. TPI 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, another Frank Lloyd Wright structure.

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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