In 1936, third generation SC Johnson leader H.F. Johnson Jr. sought out the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He later explained, "Anybody can build a typical building. I wanted to build the best office building in the world, and the only way to do that was to get the greatest architect in the world."
The SC Johnson Administration Building, which opened in 1939, is celebrated as one of the top 25 buildings of the 20th century. From its 43 miles of Pyrex glass tubing to the soaring dendriform columns, that are 9 inches in diameter at the base and 18 1/2 feet at the top, in the Great Workroom, it is truly a unique work of art that reflects the innovation and adventure that are still the spirit of SC Johnson today. The Research Tower opened in 1950. Both are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wright designed more than 40 different pieces of furniture for the Administration Building, each created to reflect aspects of the building's overall design. The primary color used throughout the building is "Cherokee Red."