Friday, August 26, 2011

Blast from the Past - Taliesin

This week's Blast from the Past is from a family vacation a few years ago. We drove to Manitoba to visit family, and these pictures are from a stop along the way. Not far from Madison, Wisconsin, is  Taliesin East - the estate home of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Hillside Studio was originally designed for Wright's aunts for use as a children's boarding school.  After the aunts retired, Wright reopened Hillside as a community for architects and designers - and it is still in use today.   My DH has long been an admirer of Wright's architecture and designs, so we planned to make this side trip a part of the vacation. We spent the better part of a day touring Taliesin.

The Hillside Studio and Theatre - The taller building on the left houses the Assembly Hall and Fellowship Dining Room, and the walkway on the right leads to the architect's drafting studio, which we viewed, but I don't have any pictures of the inside.  I'm pretty sure we were not allowed to take photos inside some of the buildings.  You can see more at the Taliesin website's virtual tour though.

Here's DH and the kids - this is where our guided tour started and the tour guide was giving us some background and history.  Harrison (far right) and Landon (far left) look really interested, don't they?

This is the Romeo and Juliet windmill.

Frank Lloyd Wright's gravesite at the Unity Chapel.

In looking at the Taliesin website, I realized this is the 100th anniversary!  I would love to go visit again, but I don't think we'll make it there this year.  I'm so glad to have seen it though - it's beautiful!

This post is linked to Debbie's Digest where you can see other Blasts from the Past, and join us!  (Blast from the Past is moving to Tuesdays now - sorry mine is late this week!)


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