Apparently one of the biggest attractions in Wisconsin is Frank Lloyd Wrights Residence called the Taliesin Preservation in Spring Green. We arrived at 11:30 am today so we enjoyed brunch first in the Riverview Cafe where I snapped a photo of the centrepiece on each table. I loved how simple and architectural it was.
The Valley and tops of the hills as far as you could see (from the house) was owned by the Wright family.
I loved this curvy road, it reminds me of the tourist photos you see of Tuscany.
Frank Lloyd Wright practiced ‘Organic Architecture’ this is how he defined it:
1. We should respect the Nature of the Site (use local materials to integrate the building into the landscape)
2. The needs of the Client (how much room do they need, where do they gather and how can they elevate their daily living into art)
3. Nature of Materials (people asked why he used so much plywood but it was because it was a lumberyard in Wisconsin that first added resin to it which made it bendable and strong)
He was heavily inspired by Japenese art and architecture. All the stucco was painted to match the golden yellow/orange rock which was what the buildings were made from.
The windows were all a muted chinese red.
His mother believed that he would be a great architect before he was even born. She inspired him by filling his room with prints of cathedrals.
Frank Lloyd Wright deliberately made the front door hard to find. This way by the time you found it, he’d know you were coming and he also wanted you to ‘experience’ the outdoor ‘rooms’ he created before you arrived at the door.
Walking in I was struck by the ‘old house smell’. It seems like all old homes have the same musty smell. I got rid of the same smell in my house with Frasier Fir reed diffusor from Thymes (it does not smell artificial or like Christmas at all–I highly recommend it.
The house and grounds needs a lot of money for restoration. They clearly do not have enough because it really looks like it’s falling apart in so many ways.
We were not allowed to photograph the rooms inside but this one (above) is the Blue room. Our tour guide said the the comfortable furniture in the house was not designed by him but was purchased at the local Marshall Fields.
It was interesting to me that this room received the most compliments by everyone in the tour because all the pieces were in the same striking blue. Colour is always in style.
The view from the living room (above) was absolutely breathtaking. The entrance to his buildings always had very low ceilings. He was 5.6 and he believed that this was the perfect height. A very low reception space leads into a room with a high ceiling. This relationship between ‘compressed access spaces’ leading to a more generous room was his trademark.