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Friday, June 6th
An Evening of Architecture and Artisans
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
L.D. Fargo Public Library
Ephraim Pottery Studio & Gallery Lake Mills, WI

Saturday, June 7th
Wright and Like™: Driving Mr. Wright
9 am – 5 pm

Sunday, June 8th
Working with Mr. Lantz: An Architectural Retrospective
10:30 am – 1:30 pm 
Hi-Way Harry’s RestaurantJohnson Creek, WI
Homeowner and Architect Panel Discussion with Brunch


Friday, June 6th, 2014 – Special Event: Architecture and Artisans

Special Event: Architecture and Artisans
Friday, June 6
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
L.D. Fargo Public Library
Ephraim Pottery Studio & Gallery
Lake Mills, WI

Hear residential designer Jill Kessenich, of Bungalow Pros, discuss her recent, award-winning renovation of the historic L.D. Fargo Library(1902) by noted Milwaukee architect George Ferry. Enjoy a glass of wine and a wide selection of high-taste, hearty appetizers made from local, organic fare by Water House Bistro and Coffee Shop. Guests will then have the rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes visit to the Ephraim Pottery Studio for demonstrations and Q&A with the artisans followed by coffee and dessert in their retail gallery. Space is very limited for this event - so register now!



Saturday, June 7th, 2014 - Wright and Like™ 2014: Driving Mr. Wright

Wright and Like™ 2014: Driving Mr. Wright

Columbus | Dousman | Wales | Delafield
Saturday, June 7th, 2014 
9 am – 5 pm

Pack your gear and get ready for a Wisconsin road trip! Our 19th Wright and Like house tour, Wright and Like 2014: Driving Mr. Wright, will take you to the communities of Columbus, Dousman, Wales and Delafield for an architectural excursion featuring some of Wright’s most beloved Usonian designs and the extraordinary mid-century modern work of residential designer LaVerne Lantz.
Columbus is home to the E. Clarke & Julia Arnold House (1954), one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s diamond module homes – a form he used in several of his other designs in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s – where all angles are either 60 or 120-degrees on a 4-foot diamond shaped grid.  Another Columbus touring site is the Farmers & Merchants Union Bank (1919) – the last of eight ‘jewel box’ banks by Louis Sullivan –  where not only the bank lobby be open, but also the original directors’ room and mezzanine.  And the 1912 Columbus Library, executed by Claude & Starck, a Madison firm notable for its Prairie School designs, will also be open for your touring pleasure. 

Crossing over to Waukesha County and moving on to  Dousman, you will be among the first to view the recently constructed, John Eifler & Associates-designed addition to Wright’s Dr. Maurice & Mrs. Margaret Greenberg House (1954). Probably the closest in concept to Fallingwater, this Usonian design is cantilevered from the brow of a hill and incorporates a massive glacial boulder into the home’s lower walls.

It is in Dousman, Delafield and Wales where our motoring takes us to five “Like” homes on this year’s tour that are products of architectural designer LaVerne Lantz (1929-1998). With a degree in Industrial Arts, Lantz taught high school architectural drafting. While contemplating the construction of a new home for his family, he was impressed by the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. He immersed himself in all that was Wright—reading books and articles on or by him, as well as visiting Wright-designed buildings. Employing design principles shared with Wright, Lantz conceived and built in 1961 his first house in Delafield, which was featured four years later in The Milwaukee Journal. He would go on to design approximately 150 commissions. Despite his strong embrace of Usonian concepts, Lantz was not a Wright copyist. Indeed, his unique, forward-thinking designs – which he executed into the 1990s –will no doubt impress even the strictest of Wright aficionados!

So with top down, goggles on, and a full tank of gas, motor with us on a road trip to great architecture!

Columbus Sites


 E. Clarke and Julie Arnold House (1954)

Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright

This low-lying, one-story home of limestone, redwood and glass exhibits Frank Lloyd Wright’s diamond module plan, a form that he employed between the late 1940s and early 1950s. Angles are set at either 60 or 120 degrees, including the 1959 wing - an addition approved by Wright and  executed by apprentice John H. Howe - and which results in the home’s “Y”-shaped plan.

Columbus Public Library (1912)

Architects – Claude & Starck

This institution is one of the many Carnegie libraries built in Wisconsin that were designed by the Madison firm of Claude & Starck (1896-1929). Notable for their Prairie School designs, Claude & Starck’s design for Columbus is among the few to exhibit a distinct English Arts & Crafts influence. Replete with window boxes and a front porch, its stucco-clad, cottage-like appearance helped to integrate it within its block which was, at the time, comprised of residences. Great care was taken during the building’s 1990 renovation so that the integrity of the interior—which features built-in bench seating, wooden bookshelves and a brick fireplace—would be retained.




Farmers & Merchants Union Bank (1919)

Architect – Louis Sullivan

Among the last of Louis Sullivan’s major commissions, this small banking facility is one of a number of “jewel box” banks that he designed and were built throughout the Midwest.  Dominated by rich and heavy ornamental terra cotta and featuring stained-glass windows with an attractive rectilinear design, the bank celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2011. To commemorate the occasion, they created an exhibit that remains on display on the mezzanine level, which includes copies of the original blueprints, as well as original bank furniture.  The bank lobby, the mezzanine level, as well as the original Director’s Office, will be open for viewing.


Dousman Sites


Dr. Maurice and Mrs. Margaret Greenberg House (1954)

Architect – Frank Lloyd Wright

 Built into a hill, and cantilevered between and on top of boulders, the Wright-designed home of concrete, wood and yellow brick provides for multiple breathtaking views of the surrounding hill and valley. The current owners have gone to great lengths to restore the original home and ensure that the bedroom wing, which Dr. Greenberg never completed, has been built not only in accordance with Wright’s drawings, but at the same time has upgraded insulation and energy efficiency to bring the bedroom wing to modern standards.  Although the finish work is still in process, the bedroom master suite will be open for touring.


Dr. Greenburg shown here in 1998 at the Seth Peterson Cottage was a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Board of Directors


Theodore “Ted” Morey House  (1977)


Architect – LaVerne Lantz

Sited within a forest of pine and built into a hill, this home was executed for a successful Waukesha-area real estate developer.  This plan features two hexagons of different sizes that are cohesively linked by a continuous band of windows. While Morey resided in this home, he also had a second house commissioned of Lantz to be sold on speculation. 


Wales Site



Ron and Eileen Karrer House  1996 


Architect – LaVerne Lantz          

This wood, stone and glass house is a result of a wholly collaborative effort between designer and client. Determined to build it on a set budget, the Karrers did much of the construction and finish work themselves, including some of the built-ins and furniture.  A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows provides for a spectacular view of the Burr Oak woodland outside.


Delafield Sites



LaVerne Lantz House # 1, 1960

Architect: LaVerne Lantz

Exterior only (no interior tour at this site)


The home’s continuous second-story ribbon of glass emphasizes the home’s dominant horizontal lines; however, tall and narrow first-floor windows and vertical board siding provide for a vertical contrast. This house, the first designed by Lantz--and which was also featured in the Milwaukee Journal in 1965--served as the springboard to his over 30-year avocation as a house designer. 



LaVerne Lantz House # 2, 1965

Architect: LaVerne Lantz

Not fully satisfied with his first attempt and with another available lot upon which to build, LaVerne utilized a more complex hexagonal grid for his family’s second home. Comprised of three wings and including a detached guest house, the home exhibits a host of mitered corner windows and retains furniture designed and constructed by LaVerne himself.



Wurster House, 1975

Architect: LaVerne Lantz

Built for a Pewaukee elementary schoolteacher (and later principal) and his wife, this house is nothing like its neighbors.  A broad, sweeping roofline dominates this curvilinear plan and terminates with a carport built into the hill. Plexiglas “bubble” windows give the house a wholly futuristic look.



Sunday, June 8th, 2014 – Working with Mr. Lantz: An Architectural Retrospective

Working with Mr. Lantz: An Architectural Retrospective
Sunday, June 8,  10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hi-Way Harry’s Restaurant
Johnson Creek, WI
$60 per person

Conclude the Wright and Like weekend with brunch at Hi-Way Harry’s, designed by Wright apprentice James Dresser. Hear a panel discussion, moderated by Racine architect Ken Dahlin, on the architecture of residential designer LaVerne Lantz by those who know it best. Panelists include his wife Mollie Lantz; Denver architect Michael Knorr who worked with Lantz for many years; and Mr. and Mrs. Karrer who commissioned Lantz to design their home in 1991. And of course we will celebrate the 147th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with cake and song!




Ticket Information
Ticket Prices:  

Purchasing in advance saves time and money! Early ticket prices are:

Members $60 / Non-members $70    

Tickets purchased in advance will be mailed, along with driving maps on May 22nd, allowing you to start your touring at any location.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. Events take place rain or shine.

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

Tickets are NOT refundable.
Tickets ordered June 4 & 5 will be available for pick-up at the Saturday, June 7th tour headquarters, Hawks Inn Visitor's Center, 426 Wells Street, Delafield, WI beginning at 8 a.m. All other tour sites open at 9 a.m. 
TICKETS are still available. Get yours Saturday morning June 7th beginning at 8 a.m. at the Hawks Inn Visitors Center. 


Tour Headquarters – Saturday June 7th, 2014

Hawks Inn Visitors Center

Saturday, June 7, Hours 8 am – 5pm
426 Wells Street, Delafield, WI 53018

Hawks Inn (1848), now on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally a stagecoach stop. On June 7 the adjacent Visitors Center will be the one day tour headquarters. Guests may purchase day-of-tour tickets, view models of famous Wright buildings, tour Hawks Inn, and shop our vendors. Restrooms are on site.

At tour heaquarters:  

  • Purchase tour tickets. Day of price for members is $70 and non-members $80
  • 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 the Monona Terrace Gift Shop and Shining Brow Booksellers-specializing in used and rare books by and about Wright. 
  • Public restrooms

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.

Comfort Suites of Johnson Creek
725 Paradise Lane 
Johnson Creek, WI  53038

Call 920-699-2800 by May 5th to reserve



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