About Taliesin Preservation

November 18th, 2022
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Who We Are

The work of Taliesin Preservation is driven by loyal full and part-time staff and a passionate group of volunteers dedicated to providing meaningful experiences to share Taliesin’s infinite relevance.

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

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Our Mission

As stewards, Taliesin Preservation’s 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.

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Current work on the natural landscape is largely informed by aerial photographs from 1955, in an effort to preserve the lands as it was in 1959 when Frank Lloyd Wright passed. Preservationists are restoring the pre-settlement fire-dependent oaks, hickories, grasses, and wildflowers surrounding Taliesin within the 1955 boundaries.

Preservation at Taliesin

All preservation work is done in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the owners of the Taliesin estate.

The construction and conception of Taliesin are unique and require a unique approach to preservation. Taliesin served as a 1:1 scale model for Wright to explore design concepts, structural assemblies, and materials. We strive to restore the historic core of Taliesin to the decade of 1950-59, the last years of Wright’s lifetime. Many of the projects that the preservation team undertakes involve the unraveling of layers of historic material; providing evidence of earlier iterations of Taliesin. Throughout this process drawings and documentation are used to make decisions, as well as, to record the techniques and materials used to restore the buildings on the Taliesin estate.

The agricultural fields are certified organic; our landscape department maintains the gardens and landscapes in and around Taliesin. In the garden, orchard, and vineyard we look at old photos and replant the same types of plants and trees in the same or similar locations as they were in the 1950’s.

Taliesin Preservation works continuously to upgrade these systems which will allow for expanded and continued use and enjoyment of the spaces with tours, special events, and programs.

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Restoration of the spire at Midway Barn

Major Projects Completed

Taliesin Residence Wing Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electric – 2018
Taliesin Guest Wing Comprehensive Restoration – 2018
Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center Mechanical Upgrades – 2017
Tan-y-Deri Comprehensive Restoration – 2017
Taliesin Loggia & Loggia Terrace Restoration – 2015
Mrs. Wright’s Bedroom Restoration – 2010
Midway Structural Stabilization – 2009
Taliesin Entry Bridge Structural Stabilization – 2006

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Damage to Wright's Drafting Studio from a fallen oak tree

Taliesin Save America’s Treasures Slope Stabilization & Drainage Remediation -2004
Wright’s Drafting Studio Restoration and Repair from the Tea Circle Oak – 2001
Restoration of the Hill Wing apartment – 1998
Hillside Drafting Studio Foundation – 1996
Wright’s Bedroom Terrace Restoration – 1993
Romeo & Juliet Reconstruction – 1992