May 04, 2015

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Wright Tours Offered

The 2015 summer tour season at SC Johnson includes two new features. Free tours are offered Wednesdays through Fridays from May through September at its global headquarters campus, 1525 Howe St., Racine.

The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home With Frank Lloyd Wright features the exhibit "The Wasmuth Portfolio." This is an extremely rare, up-close look at Wright's architectural designs and ideas from 1893 through 1909. The portfolio was published in Europe in 1910. Wright brought back 500 drawings to Wisconsin, but many of them were destroyed in the disastrous 1914 fire at his Taliesin home.

Visitors taking the Saturday and Sunday tours will be able to visit the newly restored 1940s penthouse office of H.F. Johnson Jr. who commissioned Wright to design the SC Johnson Administration Building (1939) and Research Tower (1950).

Visits to the SC Johnson campus start at the Golden Rondelle Theater, where visitors may view the films "To Be Alive!" an Academy Award-winning short that celebrates the similarity of cultures around the world, or "Carnuba: A Son's Memoir," a depiction of the late Sam Johnson's re-creation of his father's 1935 expedition to Fortaleza, Brazil, to study the carnuba palm, a key ingredient in the company's wax products.

Visitors will also see Fortaleza Hall, which houses a replica of the 1930s aircraft used for the Brazil expedition, the Wright gallery exhibit and the Lily Pad gift shop featuring exclusive SC Johnson memorabilia and Wright-inspired items.

The tours also include the Wright-designed Administration Building and Research Tower. The Administration Building features The Great Workroom supported by unique, lily pad-shaped concrete columns. The Research Tower, opened to the public for the first time in May 2014, includes a full mock-up of a 1950s laboratory where famous SC Johnson products were created, like Raid, Glade, OFF! and Pledge.

Separate tours of Wingspread, the Wright-designed H.F. Johnson family home located about five miles away in the Village of Wind Point, are also available.
Nine tours at the SC Johnson campus are offered on weekdays, 12 tours are offered on Saturdays and eight tours are offered on Sundays.

Tour reservations are recommended, particulary for the weekends and summer month. To schedule a tour, use the online scheduling tool at www.scjohnson.com/visit, call 262-260-2154 or email Tours@scj.com

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