Thursday / September 12, 2019 / 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penwern: A Summer Estate

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago

While many people are familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright’s year-round urban and suburban residential designs, he also designed some fifty summer cottages and related buildings, most of them early in the twentieth century. Mark Hertzberg presents a richly illustrated talk about Wright’s Fred B. Jones estate on Delavan Lake, Wisconsin.

The year was 1900. Frank Lloyd Wright needed a project to display his talents; Fred B. Jones needed a place in Wisconsin to escape the Chicago heat and hectic business world. The result was an amazing estate which Frank Lloyd Wright named Penwern. Four structures - a main house, boat house, gate house, and stable - were built on a ten-acre site with 600 feet of lakefront and a commanding view of Delavan Lake. The boathouse was built in 1900, the main house in 1901, and the stable and gatehouse followed in 1903.

Speaker: Mark Hertzberg is the author and photographer of four books about Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in southeastern Wisconsin. He will be honored with a Wright Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy at its annual conference in Los Angeles in October. 


  • Cocktails:                  Cash bar opens at 4:30 pm
  • Free Program:           Begins at 6:15 pm
  • Dinner:                      Available after the program, a la carte. Guests pay for themselves; club members charge to their house account.

After the program, a $35 buffet will be available, subject to the number of reservations. Otherwise, the regular a la carte menu will be served. Reservations at or call 312-922-8080. Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 East Adams Street (enter on Adams between Wabash and State). Ask for a discount coupon at the club's check-in desk.


Sponsored By

The Cliff Dwellers, Society of Architectural Historians, Friends of Downtown, and AIA Chicago

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