Wade House features Wright’s original Wisconsin architecture

Mark Hertzberg, author and photographer of three books about Frank Lloyd Wright's work in Racine will speak at Wade House on Thursday, May 11 as part of the site's "Frank Lloyd Wright: A Wisconsin Original" speakers series.

Through compelling photographs and stories, Hertzberg, photographer and expert on Wright's work in Racine, will present a lecture titled "Wright in Racine" at the Wade House Visitor Center. During the presentation, guests will discover Frank Lloyd Wright's dozen built and unrealized commissions in Racine, Wisconsin between 1904 and 1954. They represent a broad cross section of Wright's work after 1900, including Prairie style, a zoned home, Usonian public buildings, and his only realized true taproot tower. The lecture will be preceded by a complimentary reception featuring microbrews and light hors d' oeuvres, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

His next book, a commission to write about Wright's Penwern estate on Delavan Lake, will be published by the Wisconsin Historical Society in the fall of 2018. Hertzberg chronicled daily life in Racine for The Journal Times for 33 years, first as a staff photographer and then as Director of Photography.

Wade House's fourth "Frank Lloyd Wright: A Wisconsin Original" lecture will take place on Wright's birthday, Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. and will feature Ron McCrea, author of "Building

Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss". Utilizing letters, memoirs, contemporary documents, and a stunning assemblage of photographs - many of which have never before been published - author McCrea will tell the fascinating story of building Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, which would be the architect's principal residence for the rest of his life.

Prior to McCrea's lecture on June8,therewillbea6p.m. exhibit opening for three "Frank Lloyd Wright: A Wisconsin Original" displays: "A Taliesin Album: Rare Photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright's First Spring Green Home", "The Wright Carriages", and "Young Masters Workshop".

Admission to the "Wright in Racine" lecture on May 11 is complimentary. For more information, please visit wadehouse.org or call 920-526-3271.

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