WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Wisconsin Original

Wade House Historic Site is celebrating the 150th birthday of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright with year-long displays of Wright carriages, exhibits, and speakers.

Highlights include:

The Wright Carriage Exhibit. A display of horse-drawn carriages owned and used by Mr. Wright from the Site’s Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum collection including, for the first time, Mr. Wright’s 1890 roof-seat omnibus.

A Taliesin Album. An exhibit featuring rare photographs from 1911-12 of the construction of the original Taliesin prior to its substantial destruction by fire in 1914.

Young Masters Workshop Architectural toys, books and activities for children including sets of Mr. Wright’s beloved “Froebel” blocks which first captured the famed architect’s imagination as a child and influenced his future work.

Monthly Speaker Series. Monthly lectures on diverse subjects relating to Mr. Wright and his work. For more details, visit our event page.

The final installation of the series is on November 4. For more details, visit our event page.

Mark Hertzberg, photographer and author of three books about Frank Lloyd Wright's work in Racine.
Mark Hertzberg at the SC Johnson Research Tower, Sunday, November 22, 2009. / (c) Mark Hertzberg
Canopy-top surrey from the Wesley W. Jung carriage collection, Sheboygan, WI, driven by Kenn Lockhart in the Spring Green Centennial Parade, July, 1957. Passengers are Frank Lloyd Wright and Oglivanna Wright. (Photo by Michael A. Vaccaro, "Look" Magazine, courtesy of the Library of Congress)
Canopy-top surrey from the Wesley W. Jung carriage collection, Sheboygan, WI, driven by Kenn Lockhart in the Spring Green Centennial Parade, July, 1957. Passengers are Frank Lloyd Wright and Oglivanna Wright. (Photo by Michael A. Vaccaro, “Look” Magazine, courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Set of Froebel Blocks View of the original Taliesin living room from terrace.

Video and Sponsors


  • Premier Sponsor:  Frank G. & Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation Inc., Hayssen Family Foundation Inc.
  • Major Sponsor:  Terry Kohler Family Foundation Inc.,  Torke Coffee Roasting Co., Garton Family Foundation
  • Supporting Sponsors:  Friends of Wade House