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Frank Lloyd Wright's S.C. Johnson Research Tower to open to the public—32 years after closing

The 14-story tower, one of only two Wright-designed high-rises to be built, has been off limits to the public since its construction in 1950.

March 24, 2014 |
Free tours will be offered, starting in May. Photo: Jack E. Boucher, August, 196

Through September 27, Frank Lloyd Wright fans will have the opportunity to see a well-guarded treasure. The S.C. Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wis., will be open to the public, beginning in May. 

The 14-story tower, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is notable for its tree-like internal structure, and for being one of only two high-rises (the other is Price Tower in Bartlesville, Okla.) designed by the famed architect to be built.

It was completed in 1950 and closed in 1982, when S.C. Johnson reported that bringing the tower up to modern safety standards would have ruined Wright's vision.

The tours will be free and will begin March 24. Read more in Blair Karmin's Chicago Tribune article

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Photo: Stephen Matthew Milligan via Wikimedia Commons


Photo: Wikimedia Commons/National Park Service


Photo: Jeff Dean via Wikimedia Commons

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