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  • GIERTZ GALLERY ART EXPEDITION: Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Bach House, S.C. Johnson Headquarters, and Wingspread
  • June 1 & 2, 2017

Join gallery director Lisa Costello and Parkland art history instructor Laura O'Donnell for an overnight trip highlighting some of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. Our first stop is in Chicago to visit Wright's Emil Bach House. This intimately scaled residence, built in 1915 for the president of Chicago's Bach Brick Company, uses the vocabulary of Wright's prairie house while hinting at future stylistic directions in Wright's work through geometry, efficient scale, and distinctive window design.

Next we'll travel to Milwaukee to tour an example of Wright's American System-Built Homes. Model B1 is one in a row of six houses on Burnham Street, designed by Wright in an early attempt at architect-designed homes for moderate- and low-income families. We will have dinner in Milwaukee before retiring for the evening.

Friday morning we'll tour Wright's S.C. Johnson headquarters in Racine. The S.C. Johnson Administration Building, the only Frank Lloyd Wright commercial building still in use today, is celebrated as one of the top 25 buildings of the 20th century and reflects Wright's (and Johnson's) innovative spirit. The S.C. Johnson Research Tower is one of the tallest structures ever built using the cantilever principle with the floors suspended from a taproot central core. After lunch we will tour Wingspread, the home Wright designed for S.C. Johnson's third-generation leader, H.F. Johnson, and his family. Wingspread is the last and largest of Wright's prairie-style houses.

Tour includes roundtrip minibus transportation, entrance fees and tours, one-night hotel accommodation, and some meals. Fees are $419 per person for double occupancy, $519 for single occupancy.

For this tour, comfortable walking shoes are a must.

For more information and a trip application, please call or email Parkland College Business Training & Community Education at 217/353-2055 or This bus trip is a collaborative effort between Community Education and Giertz Gallery to assist with art exhibits and programming.


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