© Mark Hertzberg (2022)
If you thought that Taliesin wraps up your Frank Lloyd Wright and Spring Green experience, then you are missing a gem, just four miles on State Highway 23 from Taliesin.
One of Wright’s last commissions, the Wyoming Valley School (1957) has vibrant new life under the leadership of David Zaleski, its new Executive Director. Rebranded as the Wyoming Valley Cultural Arts Center, there is just one more week to view “A is for Apple, B is for Bug, and C is for Cicada,” an art installation by Jennifer Angus.
Peter Rott, the principal at Isthmus Architects of Madison, shepherded an extensive restoration of the two-room schoolhouse. Significant work was done, most of it not visible. The obvious change is that the concrete blocks inside are no longer yellow, but, rather, a more natural color.
Now, onto the fun…Angus’ art installation:
In the Assembly Room, dollhouses covered in beeswax are elevated to simulate how an insect might view them:
Rott found an old card catalogue cabinet.
The exhibit ends June 12, 2022, but it is a sign of the fun things that Zaleski will be doing in the school building. I am not a fan of people speculating what Wright might have thought, said, or done in a given situation, but I will take the liberty of thinking he would have been pleased with the school’s incarnation as a cultural center.
Rott has been honored in a number of Wright-related projects. He was honored with a Wright Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy at its 2013 conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Rott and his Wright-related projects:
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I honestly believe that the building qualifies as one of Wright’s late masterpieces. I had seen the exterior for decades and thought it was a ‘nice’ design. I finally saw the interior when it reopened as a cultural center and was completely blown away by it! What a wonderful, uplifting space! And I heartily agree with you that Wright would have been happy with it’s current incarnation.