Taliesin was Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate in the hills of Wisconsin
“I meant to live if I could an unconventional life. I turned to this hill in the Valley as my grandfather before me had turned to America – as a hope and haven.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright on Taliesin
Taliesin is the home, studio, school, and 800-acre agricultural estate of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright built Taliesin on his favorite boyhood hill in the Wisconsin River valley homesteaded by his Welsh grandparents and named it Taliesin in honor of the Welsh bard whose name means “Shining Brow.”
The Taliesin estate was his laboratory of organic architecture, with designs from nearly every decade of Wright’s life. The Taliesin residence, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the heart of these buildings that Wright designed and modified from 1897 to 1959, including the Romeo & Juliet Windmill, Hillside School, Tan-y-Deri, Midway Barn, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. These are among the reasons Taliesin is often described as Frank Lloyd Wright’s autobiography in wood and stone.
Since 1990, Taliesin Preservation has served as steward of Taliesin in a collaborative agreement with its owner, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The dual mission of Taliesin Preservation is to preserve the cultural, built and natural environments that comprise the Taliesin property and to conduct public educational and cultural programming that provides a greater understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and ideas.
This year at Taliesin Preservation COVID-19 practices are still in place. Nonetheless, there are still many safe, enjoyable touring options available, including a new 1-Hour House Tour. Be sure to peruse upcoming self-guided, safely-distanced tour options including monthly Family Days and or hiking the Welsh Hills Trails.
All tours begin and end at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. Inside, visitors may browse the Taliesin Gift Shop and select grab-and-go menu items from The Riverview Terrace Café. The café, now an in-house venture, features estate-grown produce and tasteful cuisine for locals and travelers alike. Overlooking the beautiful Wisconsin River, the Visitor Center is the only structure Wright designed expressly for the food-service industry, and today it serves as the gateway to Taliesin.