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SC Johnson, Racine

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Johnson Wax Headquarters is the world headquarters and administration building of S. C. Johnson & Son in Racine, Wisconsin. Designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the company's president, Herbert F. "Hib" Johnson, the building was constructed from 1936 to 1939. Also known as the Johnson Wax Administration Building, it and the nearby 14-story Johnson Wax Research Tower (built 1944–1950) were designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1976 as Administration Building and Research Tower, S.C. Johnson and Son.DesignThe Johnson Wax Headquarters were set in an industrial zone and Wright decided to create a sealed environment lit from above, as he had done with the Larkin Administration Building. The building features Wright's interpretation of the streamlined Art Moderne style popular in the 1930s. In a break with Wright's earlier Prairie School structures, the building features many curvilinear forms and subsequently required over 200 different curved "Cherokee red" bricks to create the sweeping curves of the interior and exterior. The mortar between the bricks is raked in traditional Wright-style to accentuate the horizontality of the building. The warm, reddish hue of the bricks was used in the polished concrete floor slab as well; the white stone trim and white dendriform columns create a subtle yet striking contrast. All of the furniture, manufactured by Steelcase, was designed for the building by Wright and it mirrored many of the building's unique design features.
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  • Visit the fabulous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Administration Building which opened in the 1930s and is still being used today as an office space. Reservations are required for this popular tour. Chec...  more »
  • Readily accessible to the public, you can book a free tour, highly unusual of a Frank Lloyd Wright building. The company is understandably proud of this facility and willing to share it! The administr...  more »
  • This free tour is wonderful. It exposes you to the delights of Frank Loyd Wright. The tour guides are informative and friendly. The buildings are worth seeing up close. 
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  • This is the visitor center where you begin your tour. The tour is free and fabulous. These people are true Wright fans and have been amazing in keeping his art intact and sharing with the public.
  • This is a very interesting building, I love FLW designs. Unfortunately, I was unable to take the tour this day but I will return to see it.
  • The tour of SC Johnson Campus starts here, the tour itself is great and you get to walk through this magnificent building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, including the research tower and also the new addition Fortaleza Hall, the tour is free but you gotta book tickets in advance in their webpage.
  • The tour of the facility has been expanded to include the Research tower, in addition to the iconic FLW designed headquarters. There is a lot of information presented, including an overly long video regarding the new display center construction. The buildings themselves are well worth making the reservation for a free tour, as they are landmarks in Modern American Architecture. There is not enough time to browse some of the exhibits, and the gift shop is only accessible through the tour.
  • Lovely tour