This spring, for the first time, SC Johnson will open the doors of its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower to the public. Visitors can make online reservations for free tours that include the Research Tower. The new tours began 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, SC Johnson. “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.
Opened in 1950, the Tower was home to the company’s research and development scientists. Within 10 years of the opening, scientists developed and introduced several of SC Johnson’s most trusted products, including Raid, Glade, Off and Pledge. While SC Johnson closed the facility in 1982, the company continued to light the Research Tower every night.