SIXTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday June 20, 2015
Join us in Madison, Wisconsin
Here are important details for the sixteenth annual meeting of the Walter Burley
Griffin Society of America, to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, 20
MEETING: The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning
in the main auditorium of Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Unitarian Meeting
House, located at 900 University Bay Drive in Shorewood Hills. The building
will be open at 8:00 and we urge everyone to arrive by 8:30. You can park in
the adjacent church lot. Morning lectures will take place in this space, which
we have reserved from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Lecture topics will include
Wright/Griffin’s Lamp house in Madison; John Nolen’s 1911 plan of Madison
and its relationship with the design of Canberra; and the architecture of the local
Prairie School firm of Claude & Starck. Prof. James Weirick, our fabulous
keynote speaker at last year’s meeting in Mason City, is returning as one of the
LUNCH & TOURS: Box lunches will be delivered to the church at noon.
From 1:00 to 5:00 we will be visiting a selection of houses in and around Madison.
As of this newsletter, we have secured Louis Sullivan’s Bradley house,
Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1st Jacobs house, a wonderful shingle-style house near
the Sullivan building, and a selection of houses by Claude & Starck. Be assured
that, with the expert help of our local chair, architectural historian Gary
Tipler, there will be more to come by 20 June.
ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton
Madison Monona Terrace, 9 East Wilson Street, Madison, 53703, for the nights
of Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 June. To get the Society’s group rate, you must
stay both nights. The cutoff date for this rate is 20 May. Reservations should be
made directly with the hotel at 877-510-7465.
Use the booking code: WALTER
Or book online at:
This hotel is centrally located, two blocks from the State Capitol building
and two blocks from the “Monona Terrace” center, a complex loosely based
on Wright’s original conceptions from the 1930s-1950s. The hotel is a tenminute
drive from Wright’s First Unitarian Meeting House, where the Griffin
meeting will begin on Saturday morning. There are many other hotels in the
downtown area, as well as several outstanding B&Bs along Lake Mendota.
The REGISTRATION FORM can be found here. Please fill it out,
indicating your choice of sandwich and beverage for lunch, and return it to
the Griffin Society’s headquarters. The cost will be for $15 for the Saturday
meeting and tours, $10 for the box lunch and, of course, registrants must also
have paid their annual dues of $25 to the Society..