Taliesen, Surprisingly Decrepit
May 16, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
Where I stayed
campground among barns in Albion
Taliesen East, home of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is a beautiful abode set in the rolling hills near Madison, Wisconsin. Wright chose this spot as he had grown up in these parts. Considering his stature, the house is surprisingly poorly tended. There is a preservation group responsible for maintaining the structures and grounds but they seem to be unable to keep up. There are probably lots of reasons. Lack of funds, people still living in some of the out-buildings, politics between them and the Wright Foundation who still owns the property. Who knows. But it seems lots of volunteers with expertise could do plenty to make the buildings appear less dilapidated. They could paint, point the stucco, even wash windows. Then the Preservation group could handle big repairs like walls falling down. The Preservation does not let others help so the small things are completely overlooked while they struggle to do large jobs. Sorry we could not take photos of the inside. Some rooms were very beautiful. The house has quite a history. Wright had to rebuild 3 times because of 2 fires. One fire was set by an employee who then killed Wright's paramour and her children by hacking them to death. The second time it was hit by lightening. Wright added wings and buildings over the years, constantly changing things. The people still living there are former students, mostly in their 90's who he gave lifetime housing to. Interesting visit.