SC Johnson, Racine
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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.Use our Racine travel itinerary planner to arrange your visit to SC Johnson and other attractions in Racine.
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This is a great tour to gain an appreciation for Racines iconic family business. From it's earliest beginnings to the historical Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, to the newest display of the Fortilisa... read more »
Illinois is peppered with Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings and Wisconsin has Taliesin but there are relatively few corporate buildings designed by Lloyd Wright that remain in such perfectly prese... read more »
This was a very interesting tour of a company that had the future in mind from the beginning. The main buildings were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; and when you walk into them it is hard to believe ... read more »
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.
I just got done watching AGAIN, the Glade Advertisement which shows an absolutely CLUELESS family jumping up- from the dinner table and a similerly CLUELESS MOM opening the front door with NO PRECAUTIONS WHATSOEVER!!!!! The overvoice gives the possibility that DADDY MIGHT be the one that rang the doorbell!!!! How many "Daddies" do YOU know, who rings the doorbell to gain access to their own home?????? I believe this ad to be counterproductive and DANGEROUS, in that it gives to kids the definate message that opening the front door with no precautions is perfectly OK!!! Gary Thomas
They give free tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's great office building. It's well worth it, especially if you're into architecture at all. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
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