These may be the coolest buildings in Racine…architecturally speaking

These may be the coolest buildings in Racine…architecturally speaking

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Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's signature style at S.C. Johnson's Racine campus

Decades ahead of his time, modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed some of the most unusual and interesting buildings in the United States, if not the world.

The Wisconsin native championed a style called “organic architecture,” designing structures that aimed to exist in harmony with nature and the surrounding environment.

One of the most striking examples of his work in the Wisconsin lies in Racine County — the S.C. Johnson Wax campus.

Two buildings bear his name at the company’s global headquarters. The main administration building was designed in the 1930s. Then, in the 1950s, the massive research tower was constructed.

But what makes the design truly unique, at the tower in particular, is the innovative way Wright used natural light.

The tower has no windows—yet, light abundant natural light pours in.

How did he accomplish it?

To find out, listen to this week’s installment of Urban Spelunking, the second episode in our miniseries focused on Racine County.

To read Bobby’s complete story, visit OnMilwaukee.com.

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