Wright and More

May 14, 2010

One of my favorite annual events is the “Wright and Like” tour sponsored by Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin. It’s usually the first weekend of June to coincide, more or less, with Wright’s June 8 birthday. This year’s tour, scheduled for June 5, focuses on Racine.

Each year’s tour centers on the work of Wright and then throws in some interesting “and like” buildings. This year we’ll see work by Russell Barr Williamson, who worked for Wright before enjoying an independent career that spanned more than four decades. The connections to Wright are sometimes less direct as with John Randal McDonald, whose work is “Wrightian,” yet distinctly his own.

Wright tour

Mike Lilek gives a video tour of a restored Frank Lloyd Wright house in Milwaukee.

While nothing equals seeing and experiencing good architecture in person, there are increasing choices on the Web. For example, Wisconsin Public Television has a video tour of one of Wright’s American System-Built houses on Burnham Street in Milwaukee.

May is Wisconsin Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month. You can look for opportunities near you by checking the Wisconsin Historical Society’s event calendar. It’s a good chance to experience architecture.