Wade House, JMKAC explore architecture of Wright

On Saturday, Nov. 4,Wade House and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center will join together to celebrate the 150th birthday of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright by exploring his architecture through the eyes of Floyd Hamblen, a Taliesin Fellow, and Tom Kubala, an architect from Kubala Washatko Architects, the firm that designed the 2008 addition to the Frank-Lloyd Wright-designed First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin.

The first event in this joint celebration will be a presentation by Floyd Hamblen, Taliesin Fellow, Architect, and Faculty at the School of Architecture at Taliesin.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the ARTery at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Mr. Hamblen will share insight on Taliesin history and the fellowship. Pulling from a rich history, he will discuss how Taliesin and the School of Architecture at Taliesin carry forward the traditions of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Hamblen's talk will be followed by a presentation by Tom Kubala, Principal Architect and Co-Founder of The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Wade House Visitor Center, Kubala will highlight the Kubala Washatko Architects' 2008 LEED Gold addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin. Built in 1951, the original Meeting House has been hailed as one of the world's most innovative examples of church architecture. Kubala will describe how the firm helped the congregation maintain the integrity of Wright's original design while providing space and modern environmental technology. Kubala's presentation will be preceded by a complimentary reception featuring microbrews and light hors d'oeuvres, which will begin at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the November 4th opportunities, the John Michael

Kohler Arts Center and Wade House Historic Site have ongoing activities to help guests explore architecture.

In the ARTery at JMKAC from Oct. 30 through November 30, guests will be able to explore local architecture through a drawing and model-making project inspired by the visiting architects and titled “Architecture in your Neighborhood.” Wade House will display “Frank Lloyd Wright: A Wisconsin Original,” an exhibit which includes The Wright Carriage Exhibit, A Taliesin Album, and a Young Masters Workshop. “Frank Lloyd Wright: A Wisconsin Original” runs through May 31, 2018.

In addition to offering shared programming on Saturday, November 4th, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Wisconsin Historical Society have collaborated to enrich the member experience of both organizations.

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