The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Building Information

Building Information: 
Herbert Johnson Jr. commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build Wingspread, his 14,000 sq. ft. Prairie style home, which was completed in 1939. The home features many characteristics of Mr. Wright's organic architecture, such as horizontal lines and low ceilings. Wingspread has four wings, each created for specific purposes. The home was occupied by Mr. Johnson and his wife, Irene Purcell, and his two children, Karen and Sam. The family lived in the home for twenty years. In 1959 they donated the home so it could be converted into the conference center, which it is now known as The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.

Visitor Experience

Visitor Experience: 
When entering Wingspread you will begin to understand Mr. Wright's emphasis on manipulation. The compressed entry ceiling pushes you into the grandeur of the Great Hall, with its central wigwam. Narrow hallways are an additional way to encourage you to move through quickly and realize the gathering spaces. The multiple fireplaces draw you to the large gathering spaces which were to be used for family and social time. The wings of Wingspread were designed to separate the public and private spaces. Numerous windows allow the outdoors to be brought indoors, a goal of Mr. Wright's architecture. We hope you will enjoy visiting!


33 East Four Mile Road
Racine, WI 53402
(262) 639-3211



9AM - 5PM

Event Permissions:

Photography Permitted: 
Photography Permitted
Filming Permitted: 
Filming Permitted

Building Accessibility:

Only First/Main Floor accessible to persons with disabilities

Restroom Availability:

Restrooms will be available for visitors