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
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!