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S.C. Johnson Administration and Research Tower, Racine, 1936

Gabby Abbot | Feb 12, 2017

The 14-story research tower was a later addition to the building and provides a vertical counterpoint to the horizontal administration building. It is one of only two existing high rise buildings designed by Wright. While I was shooting Wingspread earlier in the day, the staff offered to call and see if I could get a tour. Luckily, the tour guide was available, and I got to photograph for a few hours. Wright is famous for his natural lighting, but I think his designs in both the research tower and the “great workroom” have some of the most incredible balanced light I’ve ever seen as a photographer. It’s the kind of natural light design you never want to stop photographing.