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Friday, June 7th, 2013 – An Evening under the Stars



An Evening under the Stars
George Williams College and Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay

Friday June 7th. 2013
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Travel back to 1886 when the summer camp of the Western Secretarial Institute of the Y.M.C.A. was established on Lake Geneva. What began as a summer training institute for aspiring leaders is now the campus of George Williams College. Many of the campus’ Arts and Crafts buildings were designed by Emery Stanford Hall, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. Your evening begins with a self-guided tour of the historic grounds, followed by an old-fashioned barbeque dinner.

As dusk approaches, we will travel to adjoining Yerkes Observatory. Built in 1896 by Henry Ives Cobb, this ornate brick-and-terra cotta Beaux Art style observatory houses the world’s largest refracting telescope. Guided tours of Yerkes, and a silent auction in the Library, will take place. After dark, telescopes will be available on the lawn for an evening of star gazing.



Saturday, June 8th, 2013 – Wright & Like™ 2013: Greetings from Lake Country

Wright and Like™ 2013: Greetings from Lake Country Tour
Lakes Delavan and Geneva
Saturday, June 8th, 2013
9 am – 5 pm

Delavan Lake and Lake Geneva:  Two lakes that share crystal clear waters, picturesque views and palatial lakeshore residences.  These Wisconsin lakes became popular vacation destinations in the late nineteenth century for the many wealthy Chicagoans who were in the forefront of business and industry, who were seeking respite and a simpler lifestyle at their summer lakeshore retreats.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s friendship with Oak Park developer and neighbor, Henry H. Wallis, led to the commission for a gatehouse to serve as the entrance for Wallis’ property on Delavan Lake.  The year was 1894.  In 1900, Wallis once again secured Wright’s services for the design of a two-story summer cottage and boathouse for his Delavan lakeshore complex which he named ‘Wallisia’.  From 1900 to 1905, four more clients subsequently commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to also design their summer residences along Delavan Lake’s South Shore Drive, including the Delavan Lake Yacht Club, which has since been demolished. 

In contrast, a variety of architectural styles grace the shores of nearby Lake Geneva, with styles ranging from Prairie, Craftsman and Shingle Style to Queen Anne, Italianate, and the Revivals – Greek, Georgian and Tudor.  These grand summer houses are as unique and intriguing as their important clients.

Happy 146th Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright!
Lake Lawn Resort
2400 East Geneva Street
Delavan, WI
7:30 pm

Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 146th Birthday with a very ‘Wright’ birthday cake at Lake Lawn Resort. Wright and Like tour attendees, volunteers and our special homeowners are all invited to the celebration, as we toast the architecture that has brought us all together!
A tour ticket or docent badge is required for admittance to this event!

Tour Sites - Lake Delavan
Fred B. Jones Summer Residence, Penwern (1901)
Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright

Fred B. Jones Boathouse 
Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright
Reconstructed 2005 



Fred B. Jones Stables (1903)
Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright



Fred B. Jones Gatehouse (1903)
Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright


John B. Schwemm House (1994)
Architect – Brian A. Spencer



Charles S. Ross House (1902)
Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright


George W. Spencer House (1902)
Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright  

exterior only


Wallis Gatehouse (1894)
Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright  

exterior only


Shibumi (2001)
Architect – Ken Dahlin



Charles A. Stevens Estate – Gardner’s Cottage (1901/1902)
Architect – Robert C. Spencer, Jr.


Charles A. Stevens Estate – All-Steel Home (1935)
Architect – Howard T. Fisher, General Houses, Inc.


Tour Sites - Lake Geneva

Arrowhead  (2007)
Architect – Ken Dahlin



Lake Geneva Public Library (1954)
Architect – James Dresser



Yerkes Observatory (1895/1897)
Architect – Henry Ives Cobb

Open 9 am – 1 pm





Sunday, June 9th, 2013 – Continue your Wright experience


The Lady and the Beer Baron
Lake Geneva Boat Tour – Brunch – Black Point Estate, Lake Geneva
10:00 am – 1:30 pm

$75 per person

Begin your Sunday morning by enjoying the rich tradition of cruising on the passenger steamer the Lady of the Lake. Your scenic boat outing will include brunch and a narrated tour of the history of Lake Geneva and of the grand lakeshore estates built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by some of Chicago’s elite. Passengers will then disembark for a guided tour of the house and gardens of Black Point Estate, the palatial summer home built in 1888 for Chicago beer tycoon, Conrad Seipp. Take a step back in time and become a part of the history that is Lake Geneva.

Black Point Estate is located on a bluff overlooking Geneva Lake. There are numerous stairs and a series of landings, which visitors will need to negotiate. We recommend this tour only for those comfortable walking and climbing stairs.


Ticket Information

Ticket Prices

Members $55 / Non-members $60   

Tickets are NOT refundable.

The tour is self-drive. You will receive a tour map with your ticket purchase. We suggest you allow the entire day for the tour. This tour involves considerable walking as some tour homes have very long driveways and parking is on the road.

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

We regret that tour sites are not handicap accessible.

Advance ticket sales have ended.

Tickets are still available and will be for sale Saturday morning at the Town of Delavan Community Park (see below for directions) beginning at 8 a.m. Tour sites open at 9 a.m.




Tour Headquarters – Saturday June 8th, 2013

Town of Delavan Community Park
Highway 50 and South Shore Drive

Hours Saturday June, 8th, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Located at the intersection of Highway 50 and South Shore Drive, the Town of Delavan Community Park will be the site of Saturday’s Wright and Like Tour Headquarters. 

At tour heaquarters: 

  • Purchase tour tickets
  • View Ron Olsen’s detailed models of many of Wright’s most famous buildings
  • Learn about the second phase restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built homes in Milwaukee;
  • Visit our vendors, including Shining Brow Booksellers-specializing in used and rare books by and about Wright. 
  • The park also offers public restrooms and concessions.

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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.

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

Delavan Lake Resort
1505 South Shore Drive
Delavan, WI  53115
Phone 800-430-8164

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

George Williams College
3500 Constance Blvd
Williams Bay, WI  53191
Phone 262-245-8520

Lake Lawn Resort
2400 East Geneva Street
Delavan, WI  53115
Phone 800-338-5253

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