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 June:
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 session presenters.
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.
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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.