Madison City Tours

Custom Madison city tours are available year-round

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S MADISON – Most visitors to Madison don't realize Frank Lloyd Wright and Madison had a lifelong, colorful and frequently acrimonious relationship. Wright grew from boyhood to manhood in the 10 years he lived in Madison and attended the University of Wisconsin briefly before he took off for Chicago and fame and fortune. Over the years he retained many roots to the Madison community. Madison served as his transportation, financial, cultural and commercial center during the 50 years he lived at Taliesin. He cultivated friends and lovers and made many enemies.

In spite of his problems, he designed many structures for friends and colleagues in town. Of these, 11 were eventually built and 9 remain.

This guided tour presented by a very knowledgeable, local FLLW docent includes some 20 stops with a Frank Lloyd Wright connection. This tour can include visits (*) or drive-bys to the following:

  • *Monona Terrace
  • Lamp House
  • Airplane House
  • *Jacob I
  • *Unitarian Meeting House
  • Ruden House
  • Van Tamelen House

You'll begin to see Wright in the context of what other architects were doing during the same time period around Madison and to compare his works to that of other local Prairie School architects who were his contemporaries and bosses at the Silsby and Sullivan and Adler architectural firms in Chicago.

You'll also have the opportunity to see the Unitarian Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, and one of the 17 structures the AIA has designated as most reflecting his architectural contribution to American culture. If the church is open for tours and time allows, we'll go in. The entrance fee to the Unitarian Meeting House is $10 and not included in the price of the tour. 3 Hour Custom or Seasonal Tours are $120 for groups of up to 5 people plus tax of 5.5% (admissions are extra). Additional hours billed at $40 an hour.

Tours of Jacob 1, a private residence, can possibly be arranged, given sufficient advanced notice. A house tour fee may be charged, not covered in the cost of the tour.

To arrange for this special tour, please click on "Fees/Reservations" page, complete the online form and email it to Madison City Tours or call us at (608) 692-8083.