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Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center: Gateway to Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center & Taliesin Gift Shop

All tours of the Taliesin estate beautifully begin and end at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. This bridge-like design beside the Wisconsin River was designed by Wright as the "Riverview Terrace" to serve as a modern restaurant for travelers and locals alike, and be a gateway to visiting Taliesin.

This Visitor Center is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from May to October, and will be open weekends in November. Inside, guests can enjoy the locally sourced cuisine at the Riverview Terrace Café and browse a collection of Wright-inspired fascinations at the Taliesin Gift Shop.

For specific tour times, please visit our Tours & Tickets page. Many of our tours sell out, so booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Visit Our Tours for more information.

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Riverview Terrace Café

Located within the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, the Riverview Terrace Café has a warm and friendly atmosphere with windows that span the entire length of the building, giving guests an unforgettable view overlooking the scenic Wisconsin River. For those traveling for business or pleasure, the restaurant also has free access to Wi-Fi. Sit, dine, relax and enjoy! 

Hours:
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

For private event inquiries contact: Aron Meudt-Thering at (608) 588-7900, Ext. 221


History

In 1953, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a building adjacent to the Taliesin estate, which he called the “gateway” to Taliesin. Wright designed the building to overlook the Wisconsin River and intended it to serve as a restaurant with a meeting room for his potential clients. While the architect began construction on the building in 1953, he was unable to complete it before his death in 1959. His former apprentices completed the building in 1967 and it operated as an independent restaurant, The Spring Green, for 25 years.

In 1993, Taliesin Preservation purchased The Spring Green in order to convert it into a visitor center, with a gift shop and tour program. The building was renovated in 1993 and the next year saw the first full season of tours from the building. Thus, the building finally became the gateway that Wright had envisioned.

The Visitor Center houses the Taliesin Gift Shop, the Riverview Terrace Café, and is the departure point for all tours of the Taliesin estate. It is free and open to the public from May 1 - October 31, and on weekends in November and April. It also houses offices for Taliesin Preservation tour administration, Taliesin Preservation planning and research, and landscape management.

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