Celebrating Wright’s Birthday

Photos and text (c) Mark Hertzberg

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 148th birthday was celebrated at a traditional gathering at Taliesin Saturday June 6 and a day later at SC Johnson in Racine, Wisconsin. Wright designed the company’s Administration Building in 1936 and Research Tower in 1943/44.

Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebration at Taliesin and Hillside School, Spring Green, Wis., Saturday June 6, 2015.  /  (c) Mark HertzbergSean Malone chats with Minerva Montooth during the reception at Taliesin.

Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebration at Taliesin and Hillside School, Spring Green, Wis., Saturday June 6, 2015.  /  (c) Mark Hertzberg

Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebration at Taliesin and Hillside School, Spring Green, Wis., Saturday June 6, 2015.  /  (c) Mark Hertzberg

Ron McCrea enjoys playing the living room piano when he visits Taliesin.

The reception at Taliesin was followed by dinner – including a birthday cake – and music at Hillside School:

Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebration at Taliesin and Hillside School, Spring Green, Wis., Saturday June 6, 2015.  /  (c) Mark Hertzberg

Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebration at Taliesin and Hillside School, Spring Green, Wis., Saturday June 6, 2015.  /  (c) Mark Hertzberg

Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebration at Taliesin and Hillside School, Spring Green, Wis., Saturday June 6, 2015.  /  (c) Mark Hertzberg

Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebration at Taliesin and Hillside School, Spring Green, Wis., Saturday June 6, 2015.  /  (c) Mark Hertzberg

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SC Johnson’s celebration was held in Fortaleza Hall, designed by Lord Norman Foster and partners. There were two sheet cakes and a large cake modeled after Wright’s buildings. The base below the model building was made from compressed Rice Krispie treats and chocolate mix.

Children played with Lincoln Logs, a toy invented by John Lloyd Wright

Bob and Jeanne Maushammer wanted their picture taken with a life-size cutout photo of Wright. The Maushammers, who have seen several hundred of Wright’s buildings, were in their hometown of Racine to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

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Ron McCrea at SCJohnson

Photos and text (c) Mark Hertzberg. Photos used with permission of SC Johnson

Ron McCrea had a full house at SC Johnson Saturday for his presentation about his book “Building Taliesin.” His scholarship is first-rate, and he is an engaging speaker. The event was co-sponsored by SCJ and Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin (www.wrightinwisconsin.org).

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Ron McCrea to speak in Racine

Wright in Wisconsin in partnership with SC Johnson invite you to hear Ron McCrea talk about his new book, “Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home of Love and Loss” on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. until noon. A book signing will follow. In addition, pre and post talk tours of the SC Johnson Administration building, Fortaleza Hall and the SC Johnson Gallery are available. This is a free event but pre-registration is appreciated. Visit the SCJ website:http://www.scjohnson.com/en/company/visiting.aspx and schedule your free tour.

ImageBelow, Elane Demidt and Ron McCrea at Taliesin garden, 2011:

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Photo (c) Mark Hertzberg