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Taliesin Preservation Celebrates 25 years with Invigorating Programming and Transformative Preservation

October 29th, 2018

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.

In the past three years, cultural programming has propelled to include events like the Taliesin Farm Dinners, Taliesin Plein Air, the Food Artisan Culinary program, and specialty tours like Winter Festival, Garden Tours, and the ever-popular Twilight Tours. In 2019 Taliesin Preservation will launch brand new hiking trails, expand the Food Artisan Culinary program at the Riverview Terrace Café located inside the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, and engage new audiences to truly immerse in their experience of Taliesin.

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 at Wright’s 800-acre Wisconsin estate. Major projects that have been completed over the past 25 years include:

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
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

Taliesin Preservation is proud to be working diligently on preserving Wisconsin’s most significant historical and cultural destination. We look forward to the next 25 years with cutting-edge programs and continued comprehensive restorations across the estate.