Join us for an engaging look at Frank Lloyd Wright's extraordinary twin masterpieces, Taliesin and Taliesin West, illustrated with photographs and stories that bring to life the complexity and excitement of preserving these unique historic sites. Taliesin (Welsh for "shining brow"), the architect's lifelong home, lies in the lush hills of rural Spring Green, Wisconsin. Taliesin West lies in the arid McDowell Mountains near Scottsdale, Arizona. Each was created by Wright to be a studio, home, educational experiment, and immersive, holistic community for himself, his family, and the Taliesin Fellowship-making them, arguably, Wright's most personal creations.
Because of the experimental nature of the design and materials used to construct both Taliesins, the surviving structures now face special conservation challenges requiring innovative solutions, and both sites were placed on the World Monuments Watch in 2010 to call attention to these challenges. Now Taliesin has been included on the 2014 Watch to bring further attention to the needs of the Hillside Theater (pictured here). Part of the Hillside Home School complex, the theater is the first structure Wright designed on his ancestral family property, and has for many years hosted movies and performances for the Spring Green public.
Lisa Ackerman was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund in 2007. Previously Ms. Ackerman served as Executive Vice President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Ms. Ackerman holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute, and an M.B.A. from New York University. Ms. Ackerman serves on the boards of Historic House Trust of New York City, New York Preservation Archive Project, and US/ICOMOS. In 2007 she received the Historic District Council's Landmarks Lion award and in 2008, Ms. Ackerman was named the first recipient of the US/ICOMOS Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement.
Sean Malone is President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Frank Sanchis is World Monuments Fund Program Director for the United States.