Celebrating 150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright

Celebrate with us in honor of the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth, the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, and the first season of the State of Wisconsin’s Frank Lloyd Wright Trail.

Milwaukee vocalist Robin Pluer performs in Wright’s cocktail lounge as the Taliesin Bookstore is restored for a night into a sunken bar overlooking the Wisconsin River, with artful mixology celebrating flavors of Taliesin. A magnificent dinner prepared by celebrated chef Odessa Piper (founder of L'Etoile) with chef Evan Dannells (executive chef of Madison’s Merchant and Lucille) featuring Taliesin-grown organic produce celebrates Wright’s enduring legacy of harmonizing architecture, art, culture, and the land — which is the essence of the ongoing vision of Taliesin Preservation. Kyle Cherek, host of the Emmy Award-winning “Wisconsin Foodie” series will emcee.

Kyle Cherek
Odessa Piper
Evan Dannells
Robin Pluer

The gala honors the theme of renewal and a bright future rooted in Taliesin’s history and Wisconsin heritage. We honor five individuals who profoundly made a difference in the creation of Taliesin Preservation, and announce their induction into the new Taliesin Preservation Emeritus Board: Effi Casey, Richard Pauls, Frederick P. Stratton, Jr., Sue Ann Thompson and The Honorable Tommy Thompson. We also honor the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for their efforts initiating the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail.

Reception - 6 PM

Entertainment by Vocalist Robin Pluer
Evening Attire

Dinner - 7 PM

by Chef Odessa Piper with Evan Dannells

Register for the Gala

100 seats are available. Tickets for individual participants are $225 each. Lodging at the nearby House on the Rock Resort, with transportation to and from the gala, may be added for $167.

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Taliesin is the home, studio, school, and 800-acre agricultural estate of Frank Lloyd Wright near Spring Green, Wisconsin — seven buildings designed by Wright between the 1880s and the 1950s.

Taliesin Preservation is a Wisconsin-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1990 during the administration of then-Governor Tommy Thompson to preserve Taliesin’s cultural, built, and natural environments, and to conduct public, educational, and cultural programming that provides a greater understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and ideas.

The organization owns and operates the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and opened in 1967 as The Spring Green restaurant with First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson in attendance. Within the Visitor Center, Taliesin Preservation operates the Taliesin Bookstore and the Riverview Terrace Café, and Taliesin tour program. We welcome more than 25,000 visitors per year.

Taliesin Preservation Board of Trustees

VISION

Taliesin is acknowledged as the embodiment of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s commitment to the creation of exceptional environments that harmonize architecture, art, culture, and the land.

MISSION

As stewards, Taliesin Preservation's dual mission is to preserve the cultural, built and natural environments that comprise the Taliesin property and to conduct public educational and cultural programming that provides a greater understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and ideas.

Todd Asmuth, Chair
Douglas Buck
Jane Clark
Sarah Klavas, Governor Appointee
Paul Krajniak
Ray Lipman, Vice-Chair
Howard Marklein, Treasurer
T.K. McClintock
Diane Morgenthaler, CDME
Phillip Prange, Secretary
Gerard Randall
Amy Loewenstein Scanlon
Valentine J. Schute, Jr.
Monty Schiro
Mark Schmitz
Daniel Stephans
James Tye
Gary Zimmer
Jaime Zimmerman