Here's a look at what happens when you visit SC Johnson. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the tours.
SC JOHNSON CAMPUS TOUR (Administration Building, Research Tower and Fortaleza Hall)
Weekdays (Thursday and Friday): up to 1 hour, 15 minutes
Weekends: up to 1 hour, 30 minutes
The Landmarks Tour is perfect for those who want a close, in-depth look at SC Johnson’s inspired architecture. Here's what you may see on your tour:
SC Johnson Administration Building
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and opened in 1939, the SC Johnson Administration Building is celebrated as one of the top 25 buildings of the 20th century. From its 43 miles of Pyrex glass tubing to the dendriform columns soaring in the Great Workroom, it is truly a unique work of art that reflects the innovation and adventure that are still the spirit of SC Johnson today. The Administration Building is the only Frank Lloyd Wright commercial building still in use today.
SC Johnson Research Tower
The Research Tower was Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of a vertical complement to the Administration Building. Opened in 1950, the Research Tower is one of the tallest structures ever built on the cantilever principle. It stands 153 feet tall and its central core, which is 13 feet in diameter, extends 54 feet into the ground. All 15 floors of the Research Tower are supported by the “taproot” core, much like a tree supports its branches. In 2013, the Research Tower went through an extensive 12-month restoration, which involved both exterior and interior updates. The Research Tower was opened to the public for the first time in spring 2014.
SC Johnson Fortaleza Hall
Designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster and his firm, London-based Foster + Partners, Fortaleza Hall is a contemporary partner to the innovative buildings and offerings of Frank Lloyd Wright. Opened in 2010, Fortaleza Hall was named for the city in northeast Brazil that was at the heart of two life-changing expeditions by the Johnson family and represents a commitment to the company’s legacy of visionary thinking and inspired architecture. Soaring at the building's heart is the replica twin-engine S-38 amphibian plane that Sam Johnson flew to Fortaleza, Brazil in 1998.
The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home With Frank Lloyd Wright
The Gallery showcases a rotating selection of Wright’s designs and artifacts and explores the legendary architect’s influence on families and the American home. The Gallery's current exhibit is showcasing rare Frank Lloyd Wright artifacts and furniture, and art inspired by his designs. The exhibit explores how Wright’s work influenced other famous architects and features models of local landmarks. One of the featured Wright designs is the famed chair with three legs that has been “exploded” to show the design. The chair was specially designed for SC Johnson, and Wright lobbied hard to gain acceptance of the three-legged chair, arguing that if a person had proper posture the chair functioned correctly. Wright eventually approved the SC Johnson chair design with four legs.
WINGSPREAD TOUR (at The Johnson Foundation, 33 E. Four Mile Rd., Racine)
Up to 1 hour
Now you can enhance your Frank Lloyd Wright experience in Racine by making a reservation to visit Wingspread, the home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for SC Johnson’s third-generation leader, H.F. Johnson Jr., and his family. Encompassing 14,000 square feet, Wingspread is the last and largest of Wright’s Prairie-style houses.
The free Wingspread tour highlights remarkable features such as the home’s disappearing dining table, its teepee-inspired clerestory ceiling in the great room, and the cantilevered “Romeo and Juliet” balcony bedroom.
Wingspread is located about five miles north of SC Johnson’s campus in Racine. Click here to learn more. Wingspread photo: Mark Hertzberg for SC Johnson.