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Frank Lloyd Wright's Favorite Fireplace and Wisconsin Locations

Updated on October 24, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 - April 9, 1959, aged 91) was a world famous architect. Born in Wisconsin and retain by the best in the world for state of the art luxury hotels, international corporate headquarters and fine high end homes. Best known for his "prairie school" architecture. The Prairie School was famous throughout the world but best known in the region that Frank Lloyd Wright worked and lived in Illinois and Wisconsin or Midwestern United States. The Prairie School was the label given for a type of architecture that focused "upon an indigenous North American style of architecture that did not share design elements and aesthetic vocabulary with earlier styles of European classical architecture."

His favorite fireplace is stated to have been this elegant curved fireplace that was a focal point at the Geneva Lake Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Sadly that structure was built in 1912 and was destroyed by fire in 1970. A 70 room structure designed by Wright to compliment the horizontal lines of the prairie. The hotel was modeled after Wright famous Imperial Hotel in Tokyo Japan and overlooked the beautiful waters of Geneva Lake in the city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Photos of the Geneva Lake Hotel and the Imperial Hotel in Japan give the reader a better understanding of the magnificence of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural genius that is alive and well even today, over 70 years after his death. The return to nature and the concern for the environment is a philosophy Frank Lloyd Wright first started in architecture. Influenced by his life in rural Wisconsin, Frank Lloyd Wright built houses that start with the interior - the interior would bring nature into the home. Frank Lloyd Wright was a perfectionist not just in architecture but also in décor. Often he would design all of the furnishings. For the Imperial Hotel in Japan which took 6 years to build, he designed the hotel stationery and the china. In keeping with Frank Lloyd Wright's continuity of style, we will explore home décor item such as a Frank Lloyd Wright magazine rack and fireplace screens that exhibit mimic the Prairie School Design.

Notable Works of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright Residential

  • Robie House
  • Taliesin Wisconsin, Spring Green, Wisconsin
  • Taliesin West - Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Fallingwater (aka Kaufmann residence) - rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh [1]

Delavan Lake Residential

  • Wallis-Goodsmith House and boat house. 1897 3409 South Shore Drive (boathouse only)
  • George W. Spenser house. 1902 3209 South Shore Drive
  • Charles S. Ross house. 1902 3211 South Shore Drive
  • Fred B. Jones House. 1902 3335 South Shore Drive
  • A.P. Johnson House. 1905 [2] 3459 South Shore Drive

Madison Area (Shorewood Hills)

  • Unitarian Meeting House 900 University Bay Drive
  • John C. Pew Residence 3650 Lake Mendota Drive


Frank Lloyd Wright Commercial Properties

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York City
  • Johnson Wax Building - Racine, Wisconsin
  • Taliesin Projects Florida Southern College
  • Price Tower 1956 - Bartlesville, Oklahoma - only skyscraper by FLW
  • Unitarian Meeting House Madison, Wisconsin

Frank Lloyd Wright Hotels

  • Imperial Hotel - Tokyo Japan
  • Lake Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

For a complete list of the Wisconsin properties see the MadisonPublicLibary.com

Taliesin's Romeo and Juliet Windmill

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Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin's Locations

Frank Lloyd Wright was born and raised in Wisconsin. FLW was commissioned for several projects, with over 1,000 designs and hundreds of buildings including residential and commercial properties. Yet, only one skyscraper - the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Many of the homes Wright designed and many of the commercial structures remain today as a testament to his creativity and architectural genius. His artistic work from structure to stain glass to furniture design can be seen around the world. And yet, Taliesen was the name he choose for his personal places of residence. Taliesin West was his Arizona home in Scottsdale. He later added an extensive studio in Scottsdale that is open today for tours and has received rave reviews for its 90 minute tour.

The Term Taliesin

Taliesin, the original was his home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The term "Taliesin" refers to Wright's personal residence. The major buildings on the Taliesin® Spring Green estate include: Romeo and Juliet Windmill (1896 - pictured at the right), "Hillside Home School (1901, 1932, 1952), Tan-y-deri House (1907), Midway Farms (1930s and 1940s), as well as the Taliesin® residence itself (1911, 1914, 1925)."

Geneval Lake Hotel Fireplace

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A markerRichland Center, Wisconsin -
Richland Center, WI 53581, USA
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Birth place of Frank Lloyd Wright

B markerLake Geneva Wiconsin -
Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA
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Location of the Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel

C markerSpring Green, Wisconsin -
Spring Green, WI 53588, USA
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D markerUniversity of Wisconsin Madison -
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA
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Frank Lloyd Wright's university that he attended.

E markerS C Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin -
S C Johnson & Son Inc, 1525 Howe St, Racine, WI 53403-2236, USA
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Frank Lloyd Wright Books

During his lifetime, Frank Lloyd Wright authored over 20 books.  While many of the books today are written by others, the breadth of written material has provided history with a bountiful collection of quotes that directly attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright.  His philosophy on architecture was very independent.  His philosophy on life was very radical for the age that he live in and for the location that he lived in.  Remember, he lived in the conservative region of the United States.  When he was older, he did move to Arizona where he died in 1959 but the majority of his life was spend in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Frank Lloyd Wright Style Magazine Rack

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Frank Lloyd Wright Magazine Rack

Frank Lloyd Wright was a art collector, creator and dealer.  One of his ventures which was very profitable was his collection of Japanese art.  His focus was upon woodblock prints called "ukiyo-e".

In keeping with his professional philosophy of perfectionism, often Wright would design the home and the interior elements.  This magazine rack and the following doormat and fireplace screen are all reminiscent of Wright's love of the refined geometric.  Using blocks to build and design and create beauty.  Straight lines mimic the horizontal beauty of the flat lands of the Midwestern prairie landscape and yet the intricate designs capture the eyes and inspire the soul.

Frank Lloyd Wright Style Door Mat

Frank Lloyd Wright inspired door mat by earth exchange
Frank Lloyd Wright inspired door mat by earth exchange | Source

Prairie School Style Fireplace Screens

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Fireplace Screen
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Fireplace Screen
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Fireplace Screen
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Fireplace Screen
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Fireplace Screen
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Fireplace Screen

Prairie School Style Fireplace Screens

A distinctly American architecture called Prairie School was originally inspired by Louis Sullivan, a Chicago architect who Frank Lloyd Wright worked for briefly.  Other designers who hailed this form of architecture include George Grant Elmslie, William Purcell, Parker Berry, William E. Drummond, and William L. Steele.  The most notable of all architects, of course, credited with the Prairie School Style is Frank Lloyd Wright.

The very essence of this type of architecture was the concept to use nature as a guide - to go to nature for "school" and education and all design element.  And this is precisely what the Prairie School architects did.  While the fireplace screens are not licensed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the screens are a reflection of this type of architecture - celebrating the horizontal plains of the Midwestern landscape and celebrating nature in any form - plant or animal.

Frank Lloyd Wright Tours

Wisconsin Tours - SC Johnson Racine, Wisconsin

Building Address14th and Franklin Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Tours Begin at:

SC Johnson - Golden Rondelle Theater
1525 Howe Street
Racine, WI 53403-2236


Taliesin West™ Tours - Scottsdale, Arizona

Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.


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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      dahoglund,

      It is hard to get past the problematic personality that he himself created. As I see more and more of his work and look back at the era, I am simply amazed at his genius.

      All too often my heroes disappoint me.

      "'If you're betrayed, release disappointment at once.

      By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.'

      — Toba Beta (My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut)"

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have always like Wright but my brother who studied architecture in the 1940's had very negative attitudes.It shows a change in attitude when I went to college ten years later. Th Unitarian Church designed by Wright in Madison is impressive. up and beautiful