“Taliesin! When I am away from it, like some rubber band, stretched out but ready to snap back immediately the pull is relaxed or released, I get back to it, happy to be home again.” Frank Lloyd Wright. An Autobiography (Longmans, Green and Company, London, New York, Toronto, 1932), 365.
Taliesin, the home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), stands in a valley just south of Spring Green. Wright began construction on it in 1911, and it was his main home for over 20 years, and his summer home from the late 1930s to the end of his life. In 2019, UNESCO chose Taliesin with seven others by the architect to be the World Heritage Site known as "The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright".
Keiran Murphy will give a history of the home in a PowerPoint presentation including unusual photographs and selected appearances by both Wright and Taliesin in Spring Green's newspaper, The Weekly Home News. Her presentation will be one-and-a-half hours with questions.
Received her Master's in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked on or at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and estate, for over 25 years. Her work as a tour guide and researcher was used in the site’s public access, preservation, and fundraising. She has published articles and consulted with authors writing about Wright and his home. Some of their books include: Plagued by Fire, by Paul Hendrickson; Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, by Randolph C. Henning; and Building Taliesin, by Ron McCrea.
Keiran has a website, keiranmurphy.com, where she posts on her blog several times a month. In 2023, the website and blog helped her win a “Wright Spirit Award” from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. The Building Conservancy, an organization that advocates for the preservation and stewardship of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, gave her the award this past September.