Taliesin, the quintessentially Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home on 800 acres in Spring Green, Wisconsin, has had many lives, beginning with its 1911 construction, rebuilds (due to fire) in 1914 and 1925, and restorations. At 37,000 square feet, the fact that the home was designed by Wright is evident in its varied levels and in the number of windows: 500-plus.
A Welsh word that means “shining brow,” “Taliesin” was chosen by Wright (1867–1959) as the name of the dwelling where he would live and work for nearly 50 years. It is a structure that expresses his prairie-style organic architecture, featuring local materials, in this case yellow limestone and Lower Wisconsin River sand.
The property evolved to become not just the home where Wright lived and worked, but also a studio, a school of architecture, and a self-sufficient working farm. Wright invited architectural apprentices there to glean from his experience; he called these working visitors the fingers of his hand. Wright lived at Taliesin until his death at age 91.
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