Annual Conference

Preserving Wright’s Legacy in Wisconsin

October 10-14, 2018

Madison, Wisconsin

Monona Terrace

Preserving Wright’s Legacy in Wisconsin, the Conservancy’s first Madison conference in 14 years, will explore the multidimensional nature of Wright’s close, lifelong relationship to his home state, and efforts to safeguard his work there. Some 15 Wright-designed buildings will be toured, and evening events provide an opportunity to connect with friends new and old. Register online now, and we look forward to seeing you in Madison!

Scott W. Perkins | Peter Rött | Heather Sabin
Conference Co-Chairs


Conference Partners

SC Johnson
Daniel and Natalie Erdman


Architectural Building Arts, Inc.
The Kubala Washatko Architects


Conference attendees stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace at the special group rate of $179 per night (plus tax). Book online before Sunday, Sept. 9 by calling 414.935.5941 (mention group code FLWBC). Note: Rooms are limited and may sell out in advance. Please do not make a hotel reservation until you have registered for the conference.

Monona Terrace
Based on Wright’s 1938 and 1955 designs for a civic center on the shore of Lake Monona, Monona Terrace was reconfigured by Taliesin Associated Architects and constructed from 1994–97. It will be the site of all morning education sessions (with continental breakfast provided), the silent auction, Homeowners and Public Sites Dinner and Gala Dinner. It is connected to the Hilton via skybridge.

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 10
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pre-conference tour

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

7:30 – 10 p.m. Leadership Circle Dinner: Arboretum House

Thursday, Oct. 11
8:30 – 9 a.m. Conservancy Annual Meeting

9 – 11:30 a.m. Education sessions: Sidney Robinson, Jacobs I as Wright’s Most Important Building; Ken Dahlin, From the Japanese Print to the Jacobs and Schwartz Houses; James Dennis, On Usonia!; Keiran Murphy, An Offer to Wright That Altered Taliesin; Tim Quigley, The Founding and Early Years of the Taliesin Fellowship

12 – 5 p.m. Conference tour: Madison-area Wright buildings

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Homeowners and Public Sites Dinner

Friday, Oct. 12
9 – 11 a.m. Education session: Preserving Taliesin panel with Sandra Shane-DuBow, Jack Holzhueter, Ryan Hewson, Mike Degen, Gary Zimmer, Peter Rött

11:30 – 5 p.m. Conference tour: Taliesin and surroundings

6 – 9 p.m. Conservancy Benefit: An Evening at Taliesin

Saturday, Oct. 13
9 – 11:30 a.m. Education sessions: Preserving in Action panel with Scott Perkins (Fallingwater), T. Gunny Harboe (Unity Temple), Mary Roberts (Martin House), Charlie Quagliana (Unitarian Meeting House); Anna Andrezejewski, Teaching Frank Lloyd Wright in the 21st Century; Nicholas Hayes, How Wright Learned to Separate Art and Automation; Barbara Gordon, Protecting Wright Buildings

12 – 5 p.m. Conference tour: Madison-area buildings

6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Silent auction reception, gala dinner and Wright Spirit Awards

Sunday, Oct. 14
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Post-conference tour

Approx. 3 p.m. Drop off at Madison Airport

Approx. 3 p.m. Drop off at Hilton


Architecture Tours

Pre-Conference Tour, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Begin your conference experience with a special visit to the Gilmore House (Wright, 1908), called the Airplane House for its hilltop perch over Madison, then head on to Richland Center for a tour and lunch at the A.D. German Warehouse (Wright, 1915) and a tour of the distinctive Barrett-Tuxford House (1987) by Wright apprentice Arthur Dyson. Tickets $150. Tour departs 9 a.m. from the Hilton and returns approx. 4 p.m. Lunch and transportation provided.

General Conference Tours, Thursday – Saturday, Oct. 11 – 13
Afternoon tours are packed with Wright-designed buildings! Friday will be devoted to Taliesin—including the Hillside School and Studio, Tan-y-deri and the nearby Wyoming Valley School (1956)—with a focus on preservation. Thursday and Saturday will focus on the Madison area, including World Heritage Site nominee Jacobs House I (1936), the hemicycle Jacobs House II (1944), the rarely toured Rudin House (1957), the recently discovered American System-Built House Series AA (1917), the cliffhugging lakeside Pew House (1938), and the National Historic Landmark Unitarian Meeting House (1947). Private houses by Wright apprentices and other architects, including the Louis Sullivan-designed landmark Bradley House (1909), also will be included. Included in general registration. Tours depart from Monona Terrace following morning sessions. Lunch is provided.

Post-Conference Tour, Sunday, Oct. 14
Close out the conference with a relaxing visit to Lake Delavan for a tour and picnic lunch at the multi-building Fred Jones estate, Penwern (Wright, 1900), and other Wright-designed houses on the lakeshore. Additional houses to be announced. Tickets $150. Tour departs 9 a.m. from the Hilton, stops at Dane County Regional Airport at approx. 3 p.m. and returns to Hilton approx. 3:30 p.m. Lunch and transportation provided.

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