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Desk and Chair from Johnson Administration Building, 1936
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Monona Terrace, Frank Lloyd Wright 1938/1994
Monona Terrace Parking
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
Located off of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, the Monona Terrace was originally designed in 1938 by Frank Lloyd Wright but failed to pass approval. Frank Lloyd Wright's original plan for the Monona Terrace was to include a rail station, courthouse, city hall, and marina, and the plan failed by just one vote. Fast forward several decades to the early 1990's, and the voters of Madison approved a convention and community center on the same site that Wright originally designed the concept for. Site was always of utmost significance to Wright as every structure was meant specifically for its site and was to be built according to the land and surrounding environment. Construction of Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace began in 1994 and cost more than $64 million. The shell of the building, or the facade, is Frank Lloyd Wright's design. However, because the specific function of the building had been altered by the time it was built, the interior design was modified from Wright's design. Tony Puttnam, a former Taliesin architect of Wright's, was responsible for the modifications in plan.
The Monona Terrace elegantly graces Madison's lakefront with it's beautiful views and connection to nature. Like most of Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings, the Monona Terrace has a unique design, but maintains a strong sense of geometry and other underlying Wright themes. The parking structure built for the Monona Terrace is reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum.
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Robert Lamp House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1903. Madison, Wisconsin.
Located in the center of Madison, the Robert Lamp House was built just a few blocks from Wisconsin's state capitol.
The landmark plack in front of the house reads:
Robert Lamp House
This unusual midblock residence was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his boyhood friend, "Robie" Lamp, a realtor and insurance salesman. The simple, boxy shape of the house, with its open floor plan, was very modern for the time. Wright called it "New American" in style. While the diamond paned casement windows were "Old English" in inspiration. The penthouse on the roof is a later addition, replacing an elegant roof garden complete with grape arbors and a greenhouse. Please respect the privacy of the residents.
Designated January 28, 1976
Madison Landmarks Commission
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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
9400 W Congress Street
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53225
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was designed in 1956 and completed posthumously in 1961, two years after Wright's death. Located just outside of the border of Milwaukee in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the church has a striking appearance, not only for its design features, but because it rests in the center of a very large plot of land. When approaching the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, one is initially drawn to its unique form resembling a flying saucer. What is this thing? A church one finally realizes after focusing in on the small Greek cross on top of the domed structure. Frank Lloyd Wright had a knack for designing churches, unconventional in design, that didn't resemble traditional churches. The only other clear indication, from the exterior, that this is a church is the stained glass windows. These were not originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but were added later on. The slits enclosing these stained glass windows resemble eye lids. The dome at the top of the structure was originally faced in blue, ceramic tiles that were later replaced by a different material. The dome itself rests on a series of small, steel spheres that expand and contract with Wisconsin's ever changing weather to prevent cracking. The base underneath the dome is made entirely out of reinforced concrete. When one gets closer to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, it is seen that the entrance is flanked by two massive, horizontally natured fountains resembling the planters Wright designed for his Prairie Houses. Another, larger eye lid shaped opening is the entrance to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, topped with blue ceramic tiles.
Anyone who looks up is mesmerized by the claw-like overhang screen that fans down from the domed structure. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with seating for over 1,000 people, thus being one of his largest church commissions. The total cost for the church mounted $1.5 million dollars.
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2700 Block of West Burnham Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215
The bungalow at the corner of West Burnham Street and South Layton Boulevard was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1915. The particular 2700 block of Burnham Street in Milwaukee is unique in that every structure on the block was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright - six structures in all. The first four American System Built Houses are virtually identical, other than in color and minor detailing. The last two structures are bungalow variations. The Richards Bungalow on the corner is easily visible from the street and varies significantly in exterior materials than the others. It is faced in irregularly cut stone, something we would see in Frank Lloyd Wright's later work. Overhanging roof eaves shelter every angle of the structure. Horizontal bands of casement windows outline the perimeter of the home. The overall appearance of the house looks like something from the 1940's or 1950's rather than 1916.
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Arthur L Richards Duplex Apartments, American System Built Homes, Model Flat C, 1916
2720-22 W Burnham Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Arthur L Richards Duplex Apartments are four Model Flat C designs of the American System Built Homes all built on a strip of Burnham Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The four homes, plus the two adjacent American System Built Homes of a different model make up the largest continuous strip of Frank Lloyd Wright homes. These apartments were built to have one unit on the upper floor and unit on the lower floor. All of the duplexes have been restored and are now a part of a historic district in Milwaukee.
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Arthur L Richards Small House -American System Built Home -Model B1, 1916
2714 W Burnham, Milwaukee Wisconsin
The Arthur L Richards Small House is an American System Built Home adjacent to the Arthur L Richards Duplex Apartments. The house is a single story, and of relative small size compared to the majority of Wright's work. The house contains a living room, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, dining nook, and a slightly elevated basement. The house still contains a fireplace near the center of the house, a signature Frank Lloyd Wright mark. More drawings were made for the American System Built project by Frank Lloyd Wright than for any other of his designs, however, the concept of these precut structures was a relative failure despite the fact that designing low cost affordable housing was a lifelong strive for Wright. Only seventeen American System Built Houses were built. Four of these houses were a row of duplex apartments similar to the ones seen next to this house, known as the Arthur R Munkwitz Duplex Apartments, though they were demolished in 1973.
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SC Johnson Wax Research Tower
1525 Howe Street, Racine Wisconsin
The Johnson Research Tower was added to the SC Johnson & Son Administration Building complex in 1951, fifteen years after the original complex was built. The tower is an alternating pattern of brick and glass bands on the exterior while the inside conveys incredibly advanced concepts of cantilevering for the time period. Behind each band of windows is a floor cantilevered from a central core, a concept Chicago would later see in Bertrand Goldberg's Marina Towers.