This spring, for the first time ever, SC Johnson will open the doors of its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower to the public. For 32 years, the Research Tower served as a hub of innovation and the birthplace to some of the world's most beloved household As of yesterday, visitors were able to make online reservations for free tours that include the Research Tower. The season's new tours begin on May 2 and run on Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 27, 2014.
"Frank Lloyd Wright's creative vision and iconic architecture have served as a source of inspiration for our business for more than 75 years," said Kelly M. Semrau, SVP – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability. "There is no place that demonstrates this more than the Research Tower, where some of our leading brands were created, and we're eager to open it to the public for the first time."
In 1936, SC Johnson leader, H.F. Johnson, Jr., sought the expertise of Wright, and a legendary partnership began. Wright went on to design the company's Administration Building (1939) and the Research Tower (1950), and both buildings are now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Further, in 1937, H.F. Johnson, Jr. also commissioned Wright to design a home for his family in Racine, WI. Wingspread, described by Wright as "the last of the prairie houses," is now a conference center for The Johnson Foundation.