More Taliesin – Frank Lloyd Wright


Taliesin Wing © 2008 Bo Mackison

South view of Taliesin overlooking the man-made Lake Wright designed for the entrance to his home. The far area is Wright’s wife’s bedroom, the closer window to the left is Wright’s bedroom addition, later expanded to include a study when he was approaching his nineties. FLW was an insomniac, and frequently worked or roamed the night. He didn’t make for a peaceful bed partner according to his wife who wanted her 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Plunge Pool

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Plunge Pool © 2008 Bo Mackison

This 8 foot deep plunge pool was immediately outside FLW’s bedroom, and reportedly he would jump in to refresh himself, often in the middle of the night. It is no longer that depth, now only about 3 feet.

Taliesin Viewed from the South Lawn

Taliesin Viewed from the South Lawn © 2008 Bo Mackison

View of the home from the south lawn. The extension to the right is the “bird-walk” Frank built at his wife’s request. At the time of its construction the area was lined with tall hardwoods, and the extension led high into tree branches.

Red Tile - FLW's Personal Mark of Approval

Red Tile – FLW’s Personal Mark of Approval © 2008 Bo Mackison

This signature tile is at the entrance to Frank Lloyd wright’s studio and home. FLW would present his famous mark, a red ceramic tile with his signature, to many of the designated buildings that met his requirements and approval – a visible sign he accepted the structure as “truly- totally-Wright”.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Oh, now you are really luring me into thinking about touring Wisconsin!

  2. It’s a beautiful place. Thanks for showing us around. 🙂

  3. Nice photos and story of Tailesin. I am wonder how and why Wright love Asian artifacts.He signed his signature on a red ceramic tile and Asian Chinese love red color.

  4. Pat – Wisconsin has a lot to offer. Lots of natural beauty, places and people that provide a real connection. Not the awe-striking Grand Canyon or the impressive Washington Monument – but more reachable, accessible in a nice sort of way.

  5. Robin – Taliesin is a true treasure and only a few people will ever see it – so I’m glad I can share it at least in photos. The place is remarkable. I’d move in if they would let me. 🙂

  6. Chrisy – There’s an interesting article on Wright and his love of Asian art. Check out

    He has Asian art – all kinds: wood cuts, painting, sculptures, rugs, masks – throughout his homes.
    It’s an integral part of his architectural concept of the total house.
    It all comes together beautifully in his buildings in which he also did the interior design as far as furnishings, placement, etc., and also the landscaped gardens.

    I really love Wright’s work and plan to shoot more as the summer and fall pass. Wisconsin has quite a bit of Wright architecture seeing as it was his home state.

  7. Very intereting follow up shots.

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