Wright Before the "Lloyd": Frank Lloyd Wright's Search for Himself

  • Location
  • 701 Main St.
  • Racine, WI

Frank Lloyd Wright was not always the brash self-confident symbol of architectural creativity who is remembered today. Arriving in Chicago in 1886, the 19-year-old aspiring architect began a search for his own identity- an exploration into architectural approach and personal self.

The exhibit covers Wright’s early life from his childhood and apprenticeship with architects Joseph Lyman Silsbee and Adler & Sullivan to his early career on his own. The exhibit contains architectural elements, including terra cotta treatments, screens, a window, brickwork and hardware that were salvaged from a number of Wright- (and Sullivan-) designed buildings. This collection of rarely-exhibited items comes from a private collection.

Wright’s early professional development occurred in conjunction with architect and mentor Cecil Sherman Corwin, whom he met on arriving at Silsbee’s office. The exhibit also explores Corwin’s influence on Wright’s work.

Sponsors of the exhibit are the Arch W. Shaw Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, WE Energies Foundation and the Racine Arts Council.

The museum is located at 701 Main Street in Racine. Museum hours are: Tuesday-Friday 10am5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday Noon-4pm. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

The museum, built as a Carnegie Library in 1904, is a historically preserved building and is not ADA accessible. For more information call the museum at 262-636-3296 or visit their website, www.racineheritagemuseum.org

  • November 18, 2023 - October 26, 2024
  • every week on Saturday until October 26, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Price: free
Wright Before the "Lloyd": Frank Lloyd Wright's Search for Himself
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  • free
  • every week on Saturday until October 26, 2024