Penwern: A Frank Lloyd Wright Summer Place

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7-8:30 pm

Presented by Mark Hertzberg, an author and photographer of several books about Frank Lloyd Wright's work.

EnlargeThis is an image of Mark Hertzberg, author and photographer of three books about Frank Lloyd Wright's work in Racine.

Mark Hertzberg

Author and photographer of three books about Frank Lloyd Wright's work in Racine.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed summer cottages for five Chicago businessmen on Delavan Lake, Wisconsin, between 1900 and 1905, including one for Fred B. Jones.  The Jones commission was part of an estate, with a gate lodge, stable, and boathouse, all designed by Wright.  The summer cottages that Wright designed in Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, and Ontario, among other sites, have been largely glossed over in the literature.  Mark Hertzberg will present Penwern's story with a rich collection of historic and contemporary photos.  The story also touches on Wright clients Ward W. Willits and Henry H. Wallis, among others. 

Hertzberg's book about Wright’s Penwern estate on Delavan Lake will be published by the Wisconsin Historical Society in the spring of 2019.

"Penwern:  A Frank Lloyd Wright Summer Place" is part of a series of monthly programs which will be offered in 2018 at Wade House.  The next program in

EnlargeAn image of the main house at Penwern.


Mark Hertzberg will present a richly-illustrated talk about "Penwern," Frank Lloyd Wright's Fred B. Jones estate on Delavan Lake, at 7 p.m. on May 10.

the series will be on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.




Wade House
Wade House Historic Site, W7965 State Hwy 23
Greenbush, WI 53026

Location Information

Wade House, an 1850s stagecoach inn built to serve traffic along the plank road that connected Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, tells the story of frontier entrepreneur Sylvanus Wade and his family during the Civil War years. In addition to the inn, the historic site includes the recently reconstructed Herrling sawmill, one of the few working, water-powered sawmills of its kind in the nation. Wade House is also home to the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, which houses the state's largest collection of antique carriages and working wagons.

Accessibility Information

Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.