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Video archive: Frank Lloyd Wright in Madison, 1958

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Frank LLoyd Wright meeting with city leaders in 1958, about the same time he completed plans for the Monona Terrace Convention Center. WKOW photo.
Frank LLoyd Wright meeting with city leaders in 1958, about the same time he completed plans for the Monona Terrace Convention Center. WKOW photo.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen in Spring Green, 1958. WKOW photo.
Frank LLoyd Wright meeting with city leaders in 1958, about the same time he completed plans for the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Frank LLoyd Wright meeting with city leaders in 1958, about the same time he completed plans for the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Frank LLoyd Wright meeting with city leaders in 1958, about the same time he completed plans for the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Frank LLoyd Wright meeting with city leaders in 1958, about the same time he completed plans for the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

MADISON (WKOW) -- With news last week that the architecture school launched by architect Frank Lloyd Wright was closing, Madison was reminded of its close connection with the famed designer.

Video from the WKOW 27 News archives show Wright meeting with city leaders in 1958.

At the time, Wright was completing plans for the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center that he originally designed in 1938 as a cultural, governmental and recreational building. .

Wright reworked the design several times between 1938 and 1958 before signing off on the final plans seven weeks before his death in 1959, according to a history on the Monona Terrace website.

Madison voters approved referenda in 1992 to construct Monona Terrace on the same site Wright had originally proposed years earlier.

The 1958 video also shows Wright attending a large luncheon, as well as file footage of the Taliesin property in Spring Green.

Dan Plutchak

Social Media and Digital Content Manager, 27 News

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