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About Taliesin

Taliesin is the home, studio, school, and 800-acre country estate of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Located in the rugged Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin near Spring Green, Taliesin is the name of Wright’s home as well as the estate that includes buildings from nearly every decade of Wright’s career from the 1890s to the 1950s. Taliesin has a commanding presence in Jones Valley, the land along Wisconsin River where Wright’s Lloyd Jones ancestors settled after emigrating from Wales in the 1860s. Taliesin was named in honor of his Welsh heritage: The name of a druid bard, Taliesin literally means “shining brow.” Its many wings and terraces reach out to frame the crown of the hill, embracing the site and standing as “brow.”

Taliesin was the principal residence of Wright as a mature designer, and the valley was his inspiration and life-long design laboratory for architectural designs and innovation. Taliesin in its three iterations (1911, 1914, 1925) and its landscape are considered the most complete embodiment of Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture. The Taliesin residence is the heart of a series of buildings that Wright designed for himself and his family members across the estate: Romeo & Juliet Windmill (1896), Hillside Home School (1903), Tan-y-Deri (1907), Hillside Drafting Studio (1932), Midway Barn (1949), Hillside Theater (1952), and the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (1967). In 1937, Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship began an annual winter migration to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, a tradition that continues today by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The school is in residence at Taliesin May through October.

About Taliesin Preservation

Taliesin Preservation is a Wisconsin 501(c)(3) founded in 1990.  Its dual mission is 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.  Taliesin Preservation employs a year-round core team of 20 staff members as well as 40 seasonal staff members who are dedicated to carrying out Taliesin Preservation’s mission. The organization owns and operates the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as the Riverview Terrace in the 50s and built in 1967 as The Spring Green restaurant. In the Visitor Center, Taliesin Preservation operates the Taliesin Bookstore and the Riverview Terrace Café.