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Unlocking the Secrets of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin 1
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When: 4/24/2014
7:00 PM
Where: Architectural Interpretive Center
520 1st St. NE
Mason City, Iowa  50401
United States
Contact: AIA Iowa

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Course Description
The presenter is the author of "Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright Home of Love and Loss" (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012). This course will present the newly discovered history of Taliesin 1 (1910-1914) including its European sources, the dynamics that led to its siting and construction is Wisconsin, its architectural significance, and the newly-discovered sources of contemporary photographs and documents that have added to the sum of knowledge about the origins of an American landmark.

Learning Objectives
By attending this course, participants will be able:
1. To understand the historic origins of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin (1910-1914)
2. To understand the unique siting and structure of Wright's combined home, studio and farm in Wisconsin
3. To understand the interaction between Wright's personal life, the architectural practice he was able to maintain during controversy, and his opening of a parallel career as a dealer in Japanese art.
4. To understand the methods of investigation than an author was able to use to open a new chapter in U.S. architectural history.

Education Credits
By attending Unlocking the Secrets of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin 1 on April 24th at the Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, AIA members will earn 1.5 AIA CES LUs. AIA Iowa is an AIA CES Approved Provider (#A023) with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available upon request. Questions? Contact AIA Iowa at

Presenter Biography
Ron McCrea is a Professional Affiliate Member of the Board of Directors of AIA Wisconsin and author of the book "Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss" (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012). He has published numerous articles on Wright and architecture and teaches a University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies course, "The Rise and Fall of Taliesin 1." He has appeared in several TV documentaries, including the BBC's "Frank Lloyd Wright: Murder, Myth, and Modernism" and the Travel Channel's "Monumental Mysteries" series.  He wrote the film script for the documentary "The Making of Monona Terrace: Frank Lloyd Wright's Last Public Building." McCrea is an award-winning journalist who had a 40-year career as an editor on papers including The Capital Times (Madison, WI), New York Newsday, the San Jose Mercury News, the Washington Star, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.  He is a former Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and was communications director for a governor of Wisconsin, Democrat Anthony S. Earl. He is married and lives in Madison.

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