Taliesin: Spring Green, Wisconsin
What kind of Frank Lloyd Wright fan would I be if I didn't have my Taliesin photos up on my web site??? A forgetful one. In all the moving and re-organizing that we've done around the house, I lost a box that had most of my Taliesin photos in it.
A Few Interior Photos
River Terrace Visitor's center.
We traveled to Wisconsin in mid April. This is a great time to visit. The weather is wonderful and the trees are green and lush. The flowers are starting to come out and it is nice and cool. The down side of coming in April is that regular tours at Taliesin East do not start until May 1. There wasn't a way to re-schedule this trip, since it was in conjunction with a work junket I was on, so we saw what we could.
View from the meadow
View from the hill.
Looking up at the Wright's bedroom wing.
The basic tour that was available gave us a nice drive around the grounds. We got to see a lot of the buildings from the tour bus. At the end of the tour we got to walk around the main Taliesin home and buildings and tour the living room. The guide was wonderful and introduced us to many of the people (and felines) that we met.
From the meadow.
The views from Taliesin are wonderful. You get a great chance to see the ponds that Wright had built as well as a look at the small hydro-electric generator that he designed.
Road leading to the house
The ponds were very full.
I knew Taliesin was intended to be a working farm, but all of the photos tend to dwell on the buildings, rather than the landscape. Being there really gives you an idea that you're in the middle of productive agricultural land.
View of the fields that are now grasslands.
One of the highlights of the main Taliesin complex is the courtyard. This private area has many great places to sit and relax.
Buildings along the courtyard.
Looking up the courtyard towards the apprentice housing
Looking back down the courtyard at the main entrance to the house.
Looking back towards the Wright's bedroom wing
The terrace outside the Wright's bedroom.
We got to see many of the other buildings around Taliesin. I'd like to go back next summer and take the full tour. It would be great to be able to see inside many of the homes and buildings that are there. I imagine the place is completely different when Fellowship members are living there. Taliesin West was sure a lively place during the winter. I imagine the sleepy nature of Taliesin East in the early spring wouldn't exist during the summer and early fall.
This small bungalo was designed and built by an apprentice
This is another home designed and built by apprentices.
Since we were there early in the season, the interior was still being worked on in preparation for the return of fellowship members as well as more tourists. For that reason, we got to see Taliesin as many people don't get to see it. I thought it was a plus to see it more in its natural state than all polished and clean. I guess I'm a weirdo that way.
Living Room Fireplace
Living room preparing for paint.
The Taliesin Lamp next to the Taliesin Ladder
This tour was a great testament to the need for the Taliesin Trust's need for funds. Much of the home was used as a guinea pig for experimental building techniques. Mr. Wright would have apprentices try things out on his own home before he did it with a client's. In addition, much of the building was done during the depression and other lean years when they had no money for construction. For those reasons, there are a lot of things that need fixing around Taliesin. Oh yeah.... the hill that the home is built on is sliding into the lake. They need some serious work to stabilize that and get it shored up. The amount of work that needed to be done was a little startling. I guess that is why I want to go back again... give them some of my hard earned disposable income.
Taliesin from across the valley
Taliesin was built in 1911, 1914 and 1925. It is pretty widely known that the name Taliesin comes from the Welsh word meaning "Shining Brow". It signifies that the home is built on the side of the hill, rather than the top of it. Wright's claimed reason for building it was originally as a home for his mother. It became evident quickly that it was a home for himself and Mamah Chaney where they could get away from people in Oak Park where such a scandal was left in their wake.
Slightly closer up view of Taliesin
Taliesin was rebuilt the first time after a fire that was set by an employee that had just been fired. Mamah Chaney, some of her children and many others were killed in that fire. Others survived, but were severely injured.
Another look up at Taliesin from the meadow
It was mostly the living quarters that were destroyed by fire. Other parts survived and still do today.
The Wright's bedroom from outside
Taliesin much as you see it here was built again after a fire in 1925. Many things were added to the home through the 30s, 40s and 50s as it was home to the Taliesin Fellowship.
Fellowship member living space.
Carports and garage space
Another view of the carports looking back at the fellowship living space
Carports and garages
More living space
The back of Mr. Wright's office.
Another look at the stairs, looking towards the Taliesin living room
Looking down the stairs
The Wrights' living space from the entry
The plunge pool in the court yard
Another view of the Wrights' bedroom and Mr. Wright's office
Another view of fellowship and architect residences
Taliesin from the top of the court yard
View of the fields from Taliesin
Other buildings related to Taliesin:
Hillside Home School II
FLW Visitor's Center
Romeo and Juliet Windmill
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