About Taliesin

Taliesin is the home, studio, school, and 800-acre estate of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Located in the 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 in the 1860s after emigrating from Wales 20 years before. 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, and the valley was his inspiration and 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).

About Taliesin Preservation

Taliesin Preservation Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with
Invigorating Programming and Transformative Preservation

When Taliesin Preservation opened its doors for public tours in 1994 it became the mecca for tourists and architectural buffs across the globe. In the last 25 years, we’ve evolved our tours, programs, and worked on countless preservation projects across Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin estate. Over the past 25 years, we’ve grown our gross revenues from $305,000 in 1994 to $2.5 million in 2017. Today, we serve over 25,000 guests from around the world and engage over 2,000 adults and children annually in cultural programming.

Taliesin Preservation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Its 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.

Taliesin Preservation was formed by a blue-ribbon commission established by Governor Tommy G. Thompson. This commission provided support for preservation work that was desperately needed at Taliesin. The first comprehensive projects Taliesin Preservation assisted with was the reconstruction of the Romeo and Juliet Windmill and the restoration of Wright’s Studio. From 1993- 2017 Taliesin Preservation has contributed over $10 million to preservation projects.

Board of Trustees

Ray Lipman, Chair
Executive Chairman of the Board, Westbury Bancorp. Inc.
West Bend, WI 

Douglas Buck, Vice-Chair
Quarles & Brady, LLP
Madison, WI 

Howard Marklein, Treasurer
Wisconsin Senate, District 17
Spring Green, WI 

Philip Prange, Secretary
Director of Corporate Relations, Digital Realty
Madison, WI

Todd Asmuth, Director-at-Large
President, Shine Medical Technologies Inc.
Madison, WI

Diane Al Shihabi, PH.D., IDEC, ASID
Associate Professor with Tenure, Interior Design Director of Graduate Education, Iowa State University
Ames, IA

Jane Clark
CEO and Managing Partner, Lake Effect HR & Law, LLC
Madison, WI 

Karl Kraemer
Development Manager, Huffman Facility Development, Inc.
Plain, WI

Paul Krajniak
Executive Director (retired), Discovery World
Milwaukee, WI

Diane Morgenthaler, CDME
Executive Vice President, Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau
Madison, WI

Gerard A. Randall
Executive Director, Milwaukee Education Partnership
Milwaukee, WI 

Roshelle Ritzenthaler
Principal / Design Strategist
JanuaryFirst, a strategic design consultancy

Amy Loewenstein Scanlon
Preservation Planner, City of Madison
Madison, WI 

Brian Schimming
COO, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority
Madison, WI 

Mark Schmitz
Principal Creative Director, ZEBRADOG Dynamic Environment Design
Madison, WI 

Val J. Schute, Jr., AIA
Principal, River Architects
LaCrosse, WI  

Daniel Stephans
Architect, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of State Facilities
Evansville, WI 

James Tye
Executive Director, Clean Lakes Alliance
Madison, WI  

Gary Zimmer
Co-Founder, President, and Chief Visionary Officer, Midwestern BioAg
Avoca, WI 

Jaime Zimmerman, CFP CPWA
Vice President, Senior Investment Consultant, Baird
Madison, WI 

Emeritus Board

Effi M. Casey
Taliesin Legacy Fellowship Member
Spring Green, WI

Minerva Montooth
Taliesin Legacy Fellowship Member
Spring Green, WI

Richard D. Pauls
Financial Consultant (retired)
Sheboygan, WI

Frederick P. Stratton, Jr.
CEO (retired), Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Naples, FL

Sue Ann Thompson
President and Founder, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation
Wisconsin’s First Lady (1987-2001)
Madison, WI

Tommy G. Thompson
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2001-2005)
Wisconsin Governor (1987-2001)
Madison, WI

David Uihlein, Jr.
Uihlein Wilson Architects, Inc. (retired)
Milwaukee, WI