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Summer is the Perfect Time to Discover the Wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright

Free Tours at SC Johnson’s Racine, Wisconsin, Headquarters Include Two of the Midwest’s Most Impressive Wright-Designed Structures

SC Johnson congratulates the State of Illinois on the launch of its new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. Together with the existing Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Wisconsin, visitors can now explore 22 Wright-designed buildings across Wisconsin and Illinois.

SC Johnson’s signature Landmarks Tour is offered to the public free of charge Thursday through Sunday and includes the #FrankLloydWright -designed Administration Building and the 15-story Research Tower, as well as the Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall.

RACINE, Wis., August 9, 2018 – SC Johnson congratulates the State of Illinois on the launch of its new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. Together with the existing Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Wisconsin, visitors can now explore 22 Wright-designed buildings across Wisconsin, where Wright was born and built his famous home and studio, and Illinois, where the famed architect lived and worked for the first 20 years of his career.
 
“SC Johnson was proud to support the opening of the first Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Wisconsin, and we are thrilled to see additional attention being brought to the architectural marvels Wright designed throughout the Midwest,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “We invite all architecture enthusiasts to continue their exploration by touring the two Wright-designed buildings at SC Johnson headquarters in Wisconsin.”
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trail was established in Wisconsin in 2016 to connect nine Wright-designed historical sites in the southern part of the state. The trail takes visitors on a self-guided architectural tour through nine counties, with three of the historical sites located in Racine. The first two – the Administration Building and Research Tower – are located on the SC Johnson headquarters campus and can be experienced during the company’s free tours. Visit www.scjohnson.com/visit to learn more.
 
The Administration Building, which opened in 1939, is the first stop on the trail and the only remaining operational corporate headquarters that Wright designed. The company’s decision to choose Wright to design its new Administration Building was an early, visible sign of its commitment to excellence and innovation. Wright's creativity has impacted many aspects of SC Johnson’s business, with some of the company's best-known products – Raid®, Glade®, OFF!® and Pledge® – invented in the Research Tower, which opened in 1950.
 
The nine stops on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Wisconsin include the SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower, Wingspread, Burnham American System Built Homes, Monona Terrace, First Unitarian Society Meeting House, Taliesin and Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center and the AD German Warehouse. 
 
Visitors to the Wisconsin trail can use the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail mobile app to guide their way along the nine historical sites. The app is a comprehensive resource for visitors, allowing them to schedule a tour, learn more about each Trail site and track the distance between each location. Available for free on the App Store, it was designed by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s App Factory, sponsored by SC Johnson.
While on tour at SC Johnson, guests have the opportunity to explore the SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright. The latest installment, Taliesin: A Tale of Love and Inspiration, is an enhancement of last year’s exhibit – On the Wright Trail – which celebrated Wright’s birth in Wisconsin 150 years ago. The exhibition tells the story of Frank Lloyd Wright and former client Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the sensationalism caused by their relationship and the inspiration Wright found in it. Artwork from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and SC Johnson collections is shown alongside large-scale photographs of Wright interiors and many of the locations and settings of his buildings, offering the viewer an unprecedented opportunity to study the architect’s design practice across different areas, media and time.

The exhibition covers almost the entirety of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Wisconsin – from both his youthful and mature experiments in and around Spring Green to groundbreaking homes in Madison and Milwaukee – through the inclusion of 26 models of some of the architect’s greatest designs, crafted by retired Janesville architect, Ron Olsen.
Part of SC Johnson’s 2018 campus summer tour season, the company’s signature Landmarks Tour is 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration, and is offered to the public free of charge Thursday through Sunday. This tour includes the Administration Building and the 15-story Research Tower, as well as the Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall (which includes the Timeline Tunnel and The Lily Pad gift shop). Tour reservations are required and can be made at www.scjohnson.com/visit
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com