Join us on Wednesday, June 14th to visit two amazing sites in Milwaukee – the Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 homes and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. In addition, we will have lunch at the Red Lion Pub which specializes in British pub fare.
Frank Lloyd Wright took special interest in creating architect-designed homes for moderate and low-income families. Among Wright's greatest masterpieces are several small homes designed for clients who could afford little. Many of these residences owe their existence to some form of client labor (do-it-yourself), ingenious cost-cutting or salvaging.
Between 1915 and 1917 Wright designed a series of standardized "system-built" homes, known today as the American System-Built Homes. Six examples were constructed, still standing, on West Burnham Street and Layton Boulevard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Along with touring the fully restored B1 house museum we will be taken inside of the Model Two Flat C duplex which has been restored on the exterior and is awaiting interior restoration. This makes for a very interesting before and after case study.
To learn more about the history of the houses go to the Wright in Milwaukee web site.
****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOMES ARE NOT HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE AND IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO CLIMB STEPS THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU. DO NOT REGISTER.
Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum was designed and built in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa by architect David Adler in 1923. The building was originally the residence of former A.O. Smith president, Lloyd Smith, and his family. The museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, the Renaissance Garden, and changing exhibitions.
The Renaissance Garden at Villa Terrace recreates the classic elements of a 16th century Tuscan landscape while accommodating the vagaries of the Wisconsin climate. Rose Standish Nichols designed the original villa gardens in collaboration with the home’s architect David Adler. In 1997, the Friends of Villa Terrace led by landscape architect Dennis Buettner created a restoration plan to revive the garden, focusing on the classical elements of the original landscape.
For more information go to the Villa Terrace web site.
Lunch (included in price of trip)
We will have lunch in between at the Red Lion Pub. There will be five entrée options for lunch:
1) Cup of Tomato Soup and a House Brit Salad (vegetarian);
2) Rueben with Chips (fries);
3) Fish N’ Chips;
4) Lion’s Curry (vegetarian); or
5) Shepherd’s Pie.
Non alcoholic beverages are included. If you desire you can order an alcoholic drink and be billed separately.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE DINING IN A PRIVATE ROOM UPSTAIRS AND THERE IS NO ELEVATOR ***
Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.
– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.
– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.
7:30 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood Village West University Woods to begin boarding
7:50 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes
8:10 AM NEW BOARDING POINT! Arrives at East Towne Sears
8:30 AM Departs for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)
10:00 AM Arrive at Wright homes for tour.
11:40 AM Board bus for Red Lion Pub for lunch.
1:30 PM Depart for Villa Terrace Museum.
1:45 PM Tour Villa Terrace Museum.
3:15 PM Depart for Madison
Arrive Madison (Estimated)
4:45 PM East Towne Sears
5:05 PM Capitol Lakes
5:25 PM Oakwood Village West University Woods
Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.
Non-Member Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.
Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):
PLATO Members Form
For further information, contact FLW/Villa Terrace field trip organizer, Irene Zimmerman , firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-658-4685.