Frank Lloyd Wright Artifacts to be Displayed at SC Johnson

SC Johnson and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation recently announced a long-term loan agreement for the company to display a collection of artifacts highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence on families and the home. Beginning in spring 2012, SC Johnson will exhibit a collection of Wright’s objects and memorabilia including drawings, models, furniture, fixtures, photos, personal effects and more. The exhibit will be open to the public, free of charge and will be housed in Fortaleza Hall on SC Johnson’s global headquarters campus in Racine, Wisconsin.

“We are thrilled to have this collection and open it up for exhibit,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We’re so pleased to bring this treasure to Racine and to continue our family’s long legacy with Wright.”

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the meeting between H.F. Johnson Jr., third generation leader, and Frank Lloyd Wright, which resulted in the commission of the Administration building. Eight years later, Wright also designed the Research Tower. Fortaleza Hall, where this collection will be housed, features a Frank Lloyd Wright Library and Reading Room that houses a collection of more than 800 items including books on Wright and his career, drawings, blueprints, letters and photos. Currently, thousands of tourists and Wright enthusiasts visit SC Johnson’s headquarters each year to see Wright’s renowned designs.

The collection will provide opportunities for people to learn about the principle ideas embodied in Wright’s work and increase awareness of the impact of his architecture and design on families and the home. Rather than simply reflecting one period of Wright’s work, the collection will explore Wright’s influence on the home throughout his career. It will include artifacts from Wright’s earliest exploration of the natural house in the early 1900s through his American System pre-cut housing venture of 1917 to his reinvention of the American home in 1940. The collection will also feature artifacts from the mid-1950s, when his work reached legendary scale.The exhibit, to be curated by experts, will include pieces from Wright’s personal homes and studios in Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona as well as homes he designed for clients across the country. Notable items include

  • Reception chair, Frank Lloyd Wright Studio, 1895, Oak Park, Ill.
  • Library table, Edward C. Waller House, remodel, 1899, River Forest, Ill.
  • Slant-back dining chair, Hillside Home School, 1902, Spring Green, Wis.
  • Hanging lamp, William R. Heath House, 1905, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Windows, William R. Heath House, 1905, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Armchair, Taliesin West, 1946, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Weed holder,1895
  • Pieces from Wright’s Plaza Hotel suite, which will be on display for the first time in
“We’re excited that these influential pieces will open for public display at SC Johnson’s headquarters in Racine, where they can educate and inspire visitors,” said Bob Hart, President-Elect of the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program, Inc. “It’s a testament to the company’s long heritage with the architect and will give Racine visitors an intimate look at Wright’s work in his home state of Wisconsin.”

For more information on tours or to schedule a visit to the SC Johnson campus, please call (262) 260-2154 or email

SC Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright

The relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and H.F. Johnson Jr. began 75 years ago. The first building Wright designed for the Johnson company was the Administration Building in 1936, followed by the Research Tower in 1944. Today, nearly 5,000 Wright enthusiasts and admirers visit the Administration Building and the SC Johnson campus each year to marvel at the still-modern architecture. From the miles of Pyrex glass tubing to the dendriform columns, the Administration Building, one of the few Wright commercial designs to continue to operate in its original state, is truly a unique work of art that reflects the innovation, creation and adventure that is still the spirit of SC Johnson today.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940 to be a cultural and educational institution and the primary conservator of his work. The Foundation owns two of Wright’s homes: Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis. and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz., both Historic National Landmarks. The Foundation also owns and manages the vast Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at Taliesin West and operates the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, a continuation of the apprenticeship program Wright established in 1932.

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