Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1911
The house at Taliesin
Wright spent a few years in Europe after leaving Oak Park, and then he moved to Wisconsin, back to the same valley where he had grown up. His Wisconsin
home and studio is built on top of a hill and is called Taliesin, which is Welsh for "shining brow." He used materials from the landscape to construct
the buildings, including a type of flat white limestone native to Wisconsin. The stone was left rough, and the walls look like they could have sprung
out of the hill. He designed other buildings for farm animals and workers, and planted gardens so that most of the food could be raised from the land
instead of bought from a store.
Garden at Taliesin
Interior of Taliesin
As Wright's fame spread, students started asking to study with him. Wright founded the Taliesin Fellowship, a group of young architects
who lived at Taliesin and learned under his tutelage. Often the students designed and built their own cottages to live in, which gave them experience with
the realities of construction as well as the theories of design. Wright encouraged his students to work on the farms and help with the gardens in order to
feel the connection to the landscape that he valued.