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Taliesin Photograph Album

The Wisconsin Historical Society entered a winning bid for this remarkable collection of rare images of Taliesin. The photographs are in an album once owned by the late Dale O'Brien and his wife, Helen, who lived in Spring Green during the 1960s. Dating from 1911-1912, they show the construction of Wright's original Taliesin before it was destroyed by fire in 1914. The images are presented in the order they appear in the album. All of these images are available for purchase at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/

Riverbank in Winter Riverbank in Winter

Winter scene probably along the Wisconsin River, possibly near Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Birch Trees in Snow Birch Trees in Snow

Birch trees in the snow, probably near Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Winter Landscape with Taliesin in the Distance Winter Landscape with Taliesin in the Distance

Winter landscape east of Taliesin. Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, is in the distance.
   
Farmhouses near Taliesin Farmhouses near Taliesin

Two farmhouses and the surrounding landscape near Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the snow.
   
Snow-Covered Road Snow-Covered Road

Snow covered road and trees near Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, with a farmhouse in the distance.
   
Birch Trees in the Snow Birch Trees in the Snow

Birch trees in the snow near Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Snow-Covered Valley Near Taliesin Snow-Covered Valley Near Taliesin

Snow covered valley near Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. The bridge over the Wisconsin River is in the distance.
   
Stream and Trees in Snow Stream and Trees in Snow

Stream and trees in snow probably near Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright dammed the stream to supply water to Taliesin.
   
Dam At Taliesin Dam At Taliesin

The dam at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright dammed a small stream on the property to create a water garden and to ensure water could be seen from Taliesin. The dam created a waterfall with enough force to pump water to the house.
   
Pond at Taliesin Pond at Taliesin

The pond at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright referred to the pond as a water garden. The pond was created when a stream on the property was dammed.
   
Dam and Pond at Taliesin Dam and Pond at Taliesin

The dam and pond at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright dammed a small stream on the property to create the pond and to ensure water could be seen from Taliesin. The dam created a waterfall with enough force to pump water to the house.
   
Taliesin from the Northeast Taliesin from the Northeast

Landscape looking towards Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the northeast. This view shows, left to right, the exteriors of the living room, the workspace, and the carriage and horse stalls.
   
Taliesin from the South Taliesin from the South

Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the south. The exterior of the bedroom wing and the living room can be seen in the distance at the right. The milk room and tower, later know as Hill Wing, are under construction at the left. The entrance road is visible in the foreground.
   
Taliesin from the South Taliesin from the South

Exterior view of the bedroom wing and terrace of Taliesin, as viewed from the south. Taliesin was the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. The entrance road is visible in the foreground.
   
Southeast Elevation of Taliesin Southeast Elevation of Taliesin

Southeast elevation of Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, including the covered terrace off the dining room. The photograph was possibly made from the entrance road.
   
Landscape, Milk Room, Water Tower, and Garage at  Taliesin Landscape, Milk Room, Water Tower, and Garage at Taliesin

Landscape and construction of the milk room, water tower, and garage at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the west. Ladders are propped against the water tower structure. The roof of the living quarters can be seen in the distance, and the entrance road is in the foreground.
   
Southeast Elevation of Taliesin Southeast Elevation of Taliesin

Southeast elevation of Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, probably during construction. The image includes the bedroom wing and covered terrace, as well as basement windows and a large opening in the basement under the terrace.
   
View from Loggia at Taliesin View from Loggia at Taliesin

View from the loggia between the workspace and the living room at Taliesin looking towards the northwest corner of the living room. Taliesin was the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Exterior Corner of the Living Room at Taliesin Exterior Corner of the Living Room at Taliesin

Exterior view of the eastern corner of the living room at Taliesin, probably during construction, from the terrace off the dining room. Taliesin was the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Sculpture Sculpture "Flower In The Crannied Wall" at Taliesin

The sculpture "Flower in the Crannied Wall" in the courtyard at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Workroom at Taliesin Workroom at Taliesin

Workroom at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright, looking toward the door to the loggia. A corner of the fireplace with built-in shelves is at the right, and a bench and a drafting table are at the left.
   
Draftsmen in the Workroom at Taliesin Draftsmen in the Workroom at Taliesin

Draftsmen working at drafting tables in the workroom at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Bunkroom at Taliesin Bunkroom at Taliesin

Interior view of sleeping quarters possibly used by apprentices at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Bunk beds are at both sides of the image. A worktable is at the center of the room. A built-in dresser is on the back wall. Books are stacked next to the beds, and a drafting T-square is hanging on the wall.
   
Table in Sleeping Quarters at Taliesin Table in Sleeping Quarters at Taliesin

A wooden table in sleeping quarters possibly used by apprentices at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Bunk beds are to the left of the table, and a built-in dresser is on the back wall. A drafting T-square is hanging on the wall.
   
Triptych of the Living Room Fireplace at Taliesin Triptych of the Living Room Fireplace at Taliesin

Triptych of the living room fireplace at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. A built-in bookshelf and bench are to the left of the fireplace.
   
Dining Room and Dining Room Table at Taliesin Dining Room and Dining Room Table at Taliesin

Dining room and dining room table at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. A built-in set of drawers and cabinets line the back wall of the room. A drawing, possibly a Japanese print, hangs above the drawers.
   
Hillside Home School Hillside Home School

Southern elevation of Hillside Home School, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his aunts, Jane and Ellen Lloyd Jones.
   
Woman on Horseback Woman on Horseback

Unidentified woman on horseback, possibly near Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Group of Men possibly at Taliesin Group of Men possibly at Taliesin

Group of men in front of a fireplace, possibly at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright. The men may be workmen involved in the construction of Taliesin.
   
Two Unidentified Women Two Unidentified Women

Two unidentified women possibly at Taliesin, the Wisconsin home of Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
Fireplace possibly Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Fireplace possibly Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Fireplace possibly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
   
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