The Friends of Door County Libraries and Write On, Door County will host Kristine Hansen, author of the recently released Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin (Globe Pequot) for a Book and Author presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4. Free and open to the public, the event will be held at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church Street, Egg Harbor.
Considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright was a Wisconsin native; he was born in Richland Center and attended the University of Wisconsin. Though he gained international renown, his home state left a profound impact on him. “Wisconsin is my somewhere,” he once said. “I feel my roots in these hillsides and I know those of the oak that have struck in here beside me. The oak and I understand each other.”
Milwaukee writer Kristine Hansen turns a spotlight on some three dozen of Wright’s designs in Wisconsin, from a warehouse in Richland Center to his famed Taliesin in Spring Green, along with numerous private homes, and provides a wealth of details on the design process and informative background on owners, past and present. (While the book is a valuable guide to Wright’s work in Wisconsin, Hansen makes clear distinction for readers between drive-by, private properties and those that welcome visitors, with useful tour information for the latter.) Dozens of full-color interior and exterior photos complement the well-researched text.