‘Wright and Like 2007: Prairie on the Lakes’ tour in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis.—Frank Lloyd Wright’s cluster of summer homes and estates around Delavan Lake are the highlight of the “Wright and Like 2007” architecture tour Saturday, June 9. Organized by Frank Lloyd Wright® Wisconsin, this year’s “Wright and Like 2007: Prairie on the Lakes” will feature interior and exterior tours of 12 structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other significant architects in and around lakes Delavan and Geneva.

Rarely open to the public and seldom available for tours, five of the eight original Frank Lloyd Wright structures on Lake Delavan will be featured, including the Fred B. Jones estate (1901-1903), the largest of Wright’s Delavan projects. One of the estate’s highlights is its historic boathouse, recently restored. In contrast to Wright, the Allyn Mansion (1885) designed by E. Townsend Mix, one of Milwaukee’s leading architects of the time, will also be featured. This Queen Anne Eastlake-style mansion, currently a bed and breakfast, has been meticulously restored to its original condition.

The shores of Lake Geneva offer additional treasures, including an architectural tour of the Romanesque-style Yerkes Observatory (1897), designed by Henry Ives Cobb and listed on the National Register; the Prairie-style Lake Geneva Public Library (1954) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protegee James R. Dresser and a new home with expansive lake views inspired by Wright’s Hanna House and designed by Racine architect Ken Dahlin round out the tour.

Advance tickets for the Saturday, self-drive tour are $40/$45 (member/non-member) and can be purchased at www.wrightinwisconsin.org or by calling (608) 287-0339. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $50/$55 (member/non-member) at the Town of Delavan Community Park. Tour sites will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bracketing this incredible day of tours are two very special events. Friday night, June 8, from 7-9 p.m., celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 140th birthday. The evening at Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva will include a lecture by architect Patrick Meehan on “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lake Geneva Hotel,” birthday cake and refreshments. Tickets are $25. “Wright and Like” festivities continue Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with a narrated boat tour of the mansions along the Lake Geneva shoreline, brunch, and a guided tour of historic Black Point estate, one of the best-restored estates on Lake Geneva. Tickets are $75 per person. For reservations or additional information, call (608) 287-0339 or visit the Web site.

All proceeds benefit Frank Lloyd Wright® Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to promote, protect and preserve the heritage of Frank Lloyd Wright, his genius and architecture in his native state of Wisconsin.

from the May 30-June 5, 2007, issue

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