Trekkers can now walk in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright

A 350km trail has been set up in the US state of Wisconsin to allow trekkers to walk in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Southern Wisconsin is where the architect was born and developed a love for natural landscapes that would influence and inform his distinctive style.

His summer home, Taliesin, still a working laboratory and architecture school, serves as the centerpiece, of the new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, a nine-stop, self-guided tour of Wright sites.

In 2015, it was announced that 10 buildings designed by the architect have been put forward for World Heritage Site status, including Taliesin, in addition to others such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Falling Water building.

“I think the diversity along this trail is what is really going to surprise people,” said Wisconsin tourism secretary Stephanie Klett, noting the tour includes everything from his hallmark Prairie-style home to a church to a corporate headquarters.

“We take it for granted. We’re used to him here, so you forget that this is a guy who has inspired generations of architects, artists and designers, and he was born and raised here.”

Frank Lloyd Wright was born June 8, 1867, in Richland. The German Warehouse in the town, a four-storey red brick building designed by Wright in 1915, is the westernmost stop on the Wright Trail.

Wright’s largest Wisconsin legacy Taliesin came about as his maternal grandparents owned land along the Wisconsin River near Spring Green, and in 1911 he began building into the crown of his favourite hill there.

The name comes from the Welsh word “shining brow” — a tribute to his Welsh ancestors. It is also the name of bard at the court of King Arthur, according to mythology.

 

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