Frank Lloyd Wright Comes Alive at New Exhibit on SC Johnson Campus
RACINE, Wis., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — More than 75 years ago, SC Johnson-known for trusted brands like Windex® and Ziploc®-entered an unlikely partnership with legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright that would help redefine the company’s culture and forever transform the world of American architecture. The visual achievements produced by this partnership are showcased during free tours of the SC Johnson campus, which now includes an inspiring new exhibit The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright.
Third-generation SC Johnson Leader, H.F. Johnson, Jr. began working with Wright in 1936 to bring architectural treasures to life on the SC Johnson campus in Racine, Wis. Two of these structures, the Administration Building and Research Tower are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, thousands of visitors have descended on the campus to participate in the company’s free tour programs to take in these landmarks and also see the award-winning Fortaleza Hall, designed by London-based architectural firm, Foster + Partners.
“It’s an inspiration to work among Wright’s world-renowned buildings every day,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability for SC Johnson. “Through The Gallery and our tour program we are able to give everyone the opportunity to experience Wright’s iconic designs.”
The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright showcases a rotating selection of Wright’s designs and artifacts and explores the architect’s influence on families and the American home. The Gallery, housed in Fortaleza Hall, is also home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Research Library featuring a collection of more than 800 items. The Gallery exhibit is co-curated by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Archives Director at Taliesin West, Ariz. and Brady Roberts, Chief Curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
“Frank Lloyd Wright was the greatest American architect of all time and his partnership with H.F. Johnson was one of innovation, creativity, and vision, resulting in some the most remarkable structures in modern history,” said Pfeiffer. “We are incredibly grateful that SC Johnson can help keep Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy alive by finding new ways to share these treasures with visitors.”
SC Johnson & Frank Lloyd Wright: Milestones in Inspired Architecture
Seven decades after H.F. Johnson, Jr. and Wright first met, their partnership continues with the opening of a new, free Wright exhibit on the SC Johnson campus. Key milestones include:
1936 Wright begins designs for SC Johnson Administration Building 1937 Wright supervises the famous test to confirm the Administration Building's dendriform columns will bear the necessary weight 1938 Work begins on Wingspread, the home designed by Wright for H.F. Johnson, Jr. 1939 Administration Building opens 1943 Wright submits drawings for what will become the Research Tower 1950 Research Tower opens 1967 The Golden Rondelle, originally built for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, is brought to campus 1986 American Institute of Architects names Administration Building and Research Tower among the 10 most successful examples of architectural design 2006 Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, commissions Fortaleza Hall 2010 Fortaleza Hall opens with Frank Lloyd Wright Research Library 2011 Long-term loan agreement between SC Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for Wright artifacts 2012 The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright opens
Visiting SC Johnson
SC Johnson offers three tour programs which run from 1 to 3.5 hours. Tours operate every Friday and Saturday and are all free of charge. They include:
The Legacies Tour (3.5 hours) - This in-depth, 3.5-hour tour, explores the Wright-designed SC Johnson Administration Building as well as the award-winning Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall with the Spirit of CarnaÃºba airplane soaring at its heart. See Sam Johnson’s acclaimed film CarnaÃºba: A Son’s Memoir, with its enduring family message and enjoy the Academy Award-winning documentary To Be Alive! This tour also includes The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Landmarks Tour (2 hours) – Designed in 1936, the Administration Building was the first project that Wright designed for SC Johnson. Renowned for its unique dendriform columns, open concept half-acre of workspace, circular “bird cage” elevators and 43 miles of glass tubing, this landmark is celebrated as one of the top 25 buildings of the 20th century. In this 2-hour tour, explore the Administration Building and visit the award-winning Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall. Then, enjoy The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Gallery Tour (1 hour) – The 1-hour Gallery Tour is designed for those who want to focus on The Gallery and its debut exhibit.
The Lily Pad, a unique gift shop featuring exclusive SC Johnson memorabilia and Wright-inspired items, is open in conjunction with all tours.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR. MUSCLE®, and RIDSECT®. The 126-year-old company, that generates $9 billion in sales, employs nearly 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
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