Wright On! for Families

Sunday, October 1

Enjoy hands on opportunities to create, build and make discoveries about Monona Terrace and other Frank Lloyd Wright designs. Fun for the whole family!

Design Night Out

Thursday, August 10

Design Night Out is for adults seeking a creative outlet in a fun, relaxed environment. A design topic is presented. Innovation, making, and cocktails ensue! 21+ only.

The Unknown Craftsman: Creating, and Re-creating, Furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Thursday, November 16

A Wright Design lecture by Alan Anderson in partnership with the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s Working Lives Project

In the early 20th century, some architects designed not only homes for wealthy clients but also furniture, stained glass windows, rugs and carpets, lighting, and even china and silver service. Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps most well-known, not only for his distinctive design sensibility, but also for his exacting standards. Wright’s iconic barrel chair was built for the house of Darwin Martin in Buffalo, NY. The original chairs were built in Milwaukee by the Matthews Brothers Company Furniture. The craftsmen there, now nameless, used their experience and skill to make Wright’s conceptual drawings into high-end masterpieces. Alan will share the story of how he studied not only the chairs, but also the history of furniture making and the Martin House, in order to learn the old masters’ woodworking techniques necessary to recreate these works of art.

Special giveaways at our public tours, to begin in June.