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Frank Lloyd Wright's Connection to the Dells

June 08, 2017

June 8 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Wisconsin native son Frank Lloyd Wright. When you think Wright, you likely think Taliesin, his architectural estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Or the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Or Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. But did you know this renowned architect has a remarkable connection to Wisconsin Dells too?

Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin on June 8, 1867. His designs are known and revered the world over. Yet one of his smallest creations carries a significant back-story and it’s located right in the Wisconsin Dells area. The Seth Peterson Cottage on Mirror Lake was the first Wright-designed property to open to overnight guests when it began accepting vacation reservations 25 years ago. Here’s another interesting fact: The cottage was Wright’s last Wisconsin building and he died before construction was complete. While the wait for reservations is a year out, it’s worth it for any Wright-ophile. Reservations can be made through Sand County Vacation Rentals.

Two other properties in the area, both restaurants, also have ties to Wright. The Del-Bar and Field’s at the Wilderness were both designed by James Dresser, a Wright-trained architect. Reservations at both are much easier to come by!   

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