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Friday June 8th – Saturday June 9th, 2012

For the first time in over a decade Frank Lloyd Wright® Wisconsin returns to Wright's beloved Wisconsin River valley and the community of Spring Green for the annual Wright & Like™ house tour.

Wright & Like™ 2012: Spring Green - Hidden Treasures, takes place on Saturday, June 9, 2012. This self-drive tour will feature 8 private homes and 7 public sites designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, apprentices Herb Fritz, Wes Peters, Charles Montooth, James Pfefferkorn and Marcus Weston, plus John Steinmann and contemporary architect Ken Dahlin, whose sensitive use of Wright's principles is sure to delight tour goers.  Only one of the homes selected for this tour has ever been open to the public. Tour headquarters on the day of the event will be the Wyoming Valley School, the only elementary school ever built from a Wright design! This is truly a rare opportunity to experience the work of the master architect and his students in the idyllic Wisconsin countryside that was Wright's inspiration.

Friday, June 8th, 2012 – An Evening at Taliesin


An Evening at Taliesin

Reception, Dinner, Talk and Silent Auction

Friday, June 8th, 2012 – 5:00 - 8:30pm


Tickets to this VERY LIMITED admission event will be offered first to Frank Lloyd Wright® Wisconsin members for $125.

If any tickets remain, they will go on sale for $150 after May 1st. 

Celebrate Wright’s birthday by spending the evening at Taliesin, his famed home and estate. This special evening begins with music in the Theater. The Taliesin Quartet will play a selection of pieces including works by composer Robert Schumann, who shares Wright’s birthday. This talented ensemble is made up of long time Taliesin Fellowship member and music director Effi Casey, violin; Caroline Hamblen, Taliesin resident and staff, violin; Victor Sidy, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, viola and Linda Marquardt on the cello. Bill Lutes, a member of the UW Madison music faculty, will join the group on the piano.

Following the performance guests will be transported by shuttle to Wright’s private residence where the evening continues with wine and a wide array of appetizers and local delicacies.  Enjoy the rest of the evening exploring the house and gardens as live music continues on the grounds.  A silent auction will also take place in Wright’s drafting studio. Tickets to this event are extremely limited. 



Saturday, June 9th, 2012 – Wright & Like™ 2012: Spring Green - Hidden Treasures


Saturday June 9th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Guided interior tours of each building will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour headquarters will be Frank Lloyd Wright's Wyoming Valley School. Tours of the school will be given and guests can shop from an array of vendors including Shining Brow Booksellers.
Tour Sites - Private Homes

South Hill
Marcus Weston 1967

The multi-level cedar, stone and glass structure comprises three semi-circular wings. The living room is rooted to a massive hearth, constructed from local stone, and a curvilinear glass living room wall overlooking a cantilevered deck extends the illusion of being in a tree house. The second owners treasure the home and their friendship with architect Marcus Weston, who became an Apprentice in 1938. 


The Forseth House
by Floyd Hamblen/Charles Montooth 2008

Designed for breathtaking views across the valley this house engages its hillside setting by opening to the land on two levels. Passive solar ideas were used to enhance the comfort of the home which is also fitted with a geothermal heating and cooling system. Cherry trees were selectively harvested from the site and milled for flooring, trim and cabinetry. Specially milled cedar gives a unique line to the house’s exterior.  Floyd Hamblen is on the faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Charles Montooth became an Apprentice in 1945.

The Paaren-Marino House
by Ken Dahlin 2004

This three-story Arts & Crafts style home by Racine architect Ken Dahlin was inspired by Wright’s early home and studio in Oak Park, with its strong central gable and shingle styling. The views of field and meadow on the south and woods on the north, as well as the natural materials used throughout, connect this home to its hillside site. Twenty-first century green technology has been incorporated through passive solar design and natural convection cooling.

The Pinery
byJames Pfefferkorn 1998


Situated near the Wisconsin River, the two-story, wooden Pinery is a compact house. Architect James Pfefferkorn originally conceived of this octagonal plan, with central skylight and glass block floor, as a woodland retreat for one. A revised, slightly larger version was built in 1998 for a Taliesin tour guide. The separate garage/workshop was designed for the current owners by Mr. Pfefferkorn in 2007. James Pfeffercorn became an Apprentice in 1952.



The Donald Beger House
by John W. Steinmann 1947/48

John Steinmann was never a Wright apprentice or student, though he used some of the same organic design principles, styles, and materials, as well as shared draftsmen who worked with Mr. Wright. The house has passive solar design features, including overhanging eves, broad bands of windows on the southern exposure and screens in the soffits for air circulation. The coarse-cut stone fireplace, kitchen lay-out, and original woodwork have all been preserved. 



The Johnson House
by Herb Fritz 1984

This is the first of two houses designed by architect Herb Fritz for David and Karen Johnson.  Located on a corner lot in the Village, the house is oriented to the south. With a garage blocking winter winds and summer heat, along with two sides partially bermed and a trellis/fence shielding the expansive glass living room wall, the house illustrates how privacy with solar gain can be achieved in an urban setting.  Herb Fritz became an Apprentice in 1937.


The Kinney-Mancinie House
by Herb Fritz 1990

These homeowners not only worked with architect Herb Fritz to adapt one of his earlier plans to this more secluded site, they constructed the home themselves. By rotating and raising the roof, room for a loft was created above the concrete central core allowing for a larger kitchen and living room accompanied by windows enabling expansive views of the surrounding oak woods, farm fields, and nature preserve.


The Helen Boley House
by James Pfefferkorn 1980

Architect James Pfefferkorn's outwardly simple triangular design belies the complexity of the dramatic interior with two-story living room ceiling, interior balcony, bedrooms on two floors, and carefully placed windows providing an expansive view of the surrounding countryside.  Intended to serve a working farm, the structure contains original furniture and light fixtures designed by Mr. Pfefferkorn.



Tour Sites - Public Buildings

Unity Chapel
by Lyman Silsbee (interior by Frank Lloyd Wright) 1886

One of the first structures associated with Mr. Wright, the site was and continues to be a chapel and resting place for members of the Lloyd-Jones family (Wright’s mother) as well as members of the Fellowship.


St. John the Evangelist Church by William Wesley Peters 1989

Open for tours 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Designed by Wright’s son-in-law Wes Peters, this building also features stained glass windows by Susan Jacobs Lockhart, who grew up in two Wright-designed homes and went on to become a Taliesin member.



Spring Green Community Library
by Charles Montooth 1993

Open for tours 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Charles Montooth became a Wright apprentice in 1945 and was a member of Taliesin Architects. His recent work has been in conjunction with Floyd Hamblen of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. One of their residential projects is on the tour.


M & I Bank
by William Wesley Peters 1970

Open for tours 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wes Peters designed a distinctive, curvilinear limestone structure with an impressive interior fireplace for this bank in downtown Spring Green. Peters was an original Apprentice beginning in 1932 and he remained at Taliesin until his passing in 1999.



Spring Green Chamber of Commerce
by William Wesley Peters 1975

Originally designed as the drive-up annex for the bank, Wes Peters repeated the dramatic round form used in that building in this small annex, which is now home to the Spring Green Chamber of Commerce.


Medical Building
by William Wesley Peters 1959

Originally built for Dr. Gerald Kempthorne as the Spring Green Medical Building it is today owned and used by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as a Design Studio.



Sunday, June 10th, 2012 – Continue your Wright experience

Taliesin, Spring Green

Taliesin refers to both Wright’s personal residence and the 600-acre estate. Don’t leave Spring Green without experiencing Wright’s masterpiece.

To book a tour call 877-588-7900 or visit www.TaliesinPreservation.org




Seth Peterson Cottage
on Mirror Lake

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the cottage’s restoration from 1 – 4 p.m. Events include a free open house, guided tours, a special program at 2:30 p.m., music, cake, and a drawing for a free night’s stay at the Cottage.




Ticket Information

Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid lines on the day of the tour and possible sell-outs. Advance tickets may be purchased online (see below) or by calling the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Program Office, (608) 287-0339.

Ticket Prices
Advance Purchase - Members $45 / Non-members $50
Day of the Event - Members $50 / Non-members $55 

          Tickets are NOT refundable.

The number of tickets are limited and sell-outs are possible.

The tour is self-drive. Allow the entire day for the tour. 

Maps and tickets will be mailed after May 25th. We also suggest you obtain a local map for cross-reference.

The homes will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please respect the owners' privacy at all other times.

Purchase Tickets Online

It is a great help to us if you to buy your event tickets and membership online. By selecting the link below, you will be transferred to PayPal to complete your purchase. You do not have to have a Paypal account to use this secure online service.

Online ticket sales have ended. You can still pre-order tickets for "will call" at tour headquarters by calling 608-287-0339.


Purchase Tickets by Phone or Mail

Our Madison office has extra volunteer staff in the weeks before the tour. However, you may still get voice mail.  Please don't hesitate to leave a message and the volunteers or staff will return your call as soon as possible.

Mailing Address: FLLWWHTP P0 Box 6339 Madison, WI 53716-0339

Purchase Ticket Sales on the Day of the Tour

CAUTION: Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid lines the day of the tour and sell-outs.

Tickets may be purchased beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the tour at Tour Headquarters (see below):

Tour Headquarters – Saturday June 9th, 2012

Saturday, June 9th, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Wyoming Valley School
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957

6306 State Highway 23
Spring Green, WI 53588

The Wyoming Valley School is the only public school designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built mainly of concrete block, this three room school house will be our one day Tour Headquarters. Tour tickets may be purchased beginning at 8 a.m.  Guests may also tour the building and shop the numerous vendors of Wright merchandise as well as Shiningbrow Booksellers. Restrooms available.

Please note that Taliesin is not a site on the Saturday tour. For those wishing to visit Taliesin, please make separate arrangements to take one of their many tours by contacting the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor’s Center at 877-588-7900 or www.taliesinpreservation.org. We strongly advise Wright & Like tour participants allow the entire day for this tour and book their Taliesin tour for either Friday or Sunday.


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Important Information
  • A limited number of tickets will be available for this tour. Past tours have sold out. We strongly encourage purchasing your tickets in advance.
  • We regret these private homes are not handicap-accessible.
  • The Wright & Like tour will not be cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Be prepared with sun and/or rain gear.
  • Restrooms are not available at the homes.
  • This program may be subject to change due to events beyond our control.


Tour Proceeds:

Proceeds from Wright & Like tours benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright® Wisconsin Program, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, protect and preserve the heritage of Frank Lloyd Wright, his genius and architecture, located in his native state of Wisconsin.

Lodging, Dining, and Area Attractions

Consider these local partners for your Wright & Like tour accommodations.  Please mention the Wright & Like tour when making your reservations.

The House on the Rock Resort
400 Springs Drive
Spring Green, WI

800-822-7774 or www.thehouseontherock.com

Mention the group name Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Program for a special room rate.

The House on the Rock Inn
3591 Highway 23
Dodgeville, WI

888-935-3960 or www.thehouseontherock.com

(Just 14 miles from Spring Green)

The Round Barn
Highways 14 & 23
Spring Green WI

608-588-2568 or www.theroundbarnlodge.com

Ask for the "Standard Germania Room" Wright and Like tour rate.

For more information about other events, dining, and area attractions, contact:

Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone 800-588-2042 or 608-588-2054
On the web at:



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