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Designed in 1936, the building was completed on April 22, 1939. The Research Tower was designed in 1944, construction began in 1947 and the opening ceremony was held on November 17, 1950.

 
ARTIFACTS
 

Date: 1936

Title: Original Bricks from the S.C. Johnson & Sons Administration Building (1936) (S.237). 

Description: Five straight and two curved. More than 200 sizes and shapes of bricks were used to form the angles and curves designed by Wright. For the color he specified Cherokee Red.  The brick was trimmed with a lighter colored Kasota stone.  The mortar in the horizontal joints was raked.  The Great Workroom covers nearly one-half acre.  Johnson chose a friend Ben Wiltscheck to build the new building (Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building, Lipman 1986, p32.4).  After Johnson and Wiltscheck rejected the brick factory in Racine, Wright selected the Streator Brick Company in Streator, Illinois (p38.1).  In 1947 construction began on the 14-floor Research Tower.  In 1947 construction began on the 14-floor Research Tower. In 2007 restoration to the Administration Building was initiated and these were carefully salvaged and cleaned. 

Size: 9 x 3

S#: 0404.13.0907, 0404.14.0907, 0404.15.0907, 0404.16.0907,  0404.17.0907, 0404.18.0907, 0404.19.0907

   

2007 Restoration to the Administration Building

   
   
   
BOOKS
 
Date: 1961

Title: Wingspread: Dedication Ceremony.  June 24, 1961  (Published by The Johnson Foundation, Racine, Wisconsin)

Author: The Johnson Foundation

Description: A pamphlet for the dedication of Wingspread. The home was designed by Wright in 1938 for Mr. And Mrs. H. F. Johnson. In 1960, through a gift of the Johnson’s, it become the headquarters of The Johnson Foundation. (First Edition)

Size: 7.3 x 9.75

Pages: Pp 8

S#: 1464.03.0307

   
Date: 1961

Title: The Johnson Foundation: Wingspread, Racine, Wisconsin (Published by The Johnson Foundation, Racine, Wisconsin)

Author: Peters, Gerald; O’Brien, James E.; Kincaid, Dorothy

Description: A pamphlet that includes reprints of four articles about Wingspread.  Dates include: November 27, 1960;  March 12, 1961;  March 22, 1961;  April 24, 1961.  (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 10

S#: 1464.04.0307

   
Date: 1964

Title: The Johnson Foundation and its Wingspread (Published by The Johnson Foundation, Racine, Wisconsin)

Author: Oliver, William

Description: "In the village of Wind Point, which touches the northeast corner of Racine, there stands a lighthouse on the sore of Lake Michigan. A short distance away is a building called Wingspread - it too is a lighthouse of sorts, casting a beam of light which penetrates the darkness of ignorance shrouding a true understanding of man and the universe in which he lives." Reprinted from the Autumn 1964 Issue of Wisconsin Tales and Trails. Includes ten photographs and two illustrations. (First Edition)

Size: 9 x 12

Pages: Pp 8

S#: 1596.15.1109

   
Date: 1978

Title: This is Johnson Wax (Soft Cover)

Author: S.C. Johnson & Son

Description: Descriptive six page booklet describing the S.C. Johnson and Son facility.  (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 6

ST#: 1978.15.0604

   
Date: 1981

Title: Wingspread - the Building  (Stiff Soft Cover)  (Publsihed by the Johnson Foundation)

Author: Kinch, Richard; Johnson Foundation

Description: Original SC List Price $5.00.  (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 32

ST#: 1981.06.0603

   
Date: 1981

Title: Wingspread - the Setting  (Soft Cover)

Author: Johnson Foundation

Description: (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 12

ST#: 1983.08.0603

   
Date: 1986

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright And The Johnson Wax Building (Soft Cover)  (Published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York)

Author: Lipman, Jonathan

Description: Published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and exhibited at eleven locations from April 26, 1986 - December 31, 1988.  Original HC List Price $35.00, SC List Price $20.00.  (First Edition)

Size: 8.25 x 10

Pages: Pp 192

ST#: 1986.02.1299

   
Date: 2003

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright and The Johnson Wax Building  (Soft Cover)  (Published by Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York)

Author: Lipman, Jonathan

Description: First published in 1986 by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. Published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and exhibited at eleven locations from April 26, 1986 - December 31, 1988. Original list price 19.95. Two copies. (First Dover Edition)

Size: 8.25 x 10.9

Pages: Pp 197

ST#: 2003.32.0907, 2003.33.0907

   
East-Heinz 1.jpg (31723 bytes) Date: 1986

Title: Johnson Wax Magazine  (Hard Cover - DJ)

Author: Lindner, Joe W., Editor

Description: 1886 - S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc - 1986, One hundred years of Leadership. Published on the 100th Anniversary. (First Edition)

Size: 9 x 12

Pages: Pp 64

ST#: 1986.05.0800

   
Date: 1988

Title: Tour of Historic Places: Frank Lloyd Wright & Associates  (Published by Preservation-Racine, Inc., Racine, Wisconsin)

Author: Kalec, Don

Description: Includes information on S. C. Johnson and Son Administration Building and Research Tower, Wingspread, The Golden Rondelle, and the Wright Apprentices.  Includes 16 photographs and illustrations. Included when tickets were purchased for the tour. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 64

ST#: 1988.36.0507

   
Date: 1988

Title: Administration Center, The World’s Most Modern Office Building.  Johnson Wax, Racine Wisconsin.  (Published by Johnson Wax)

Author: Johnson Wax

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Includes details about Wright and S. C. Johnson and Son Administration Building. Included when tickets were purchased for the tour. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 5

ST#: 1988.37.0507

   
Date: 1997

Title: Wingspread, The history of a place where ideas that make a difference are born and nurtured and grow. (Soft Cover) (Published by The Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, Wisconsin)

Author: Canine, Craig

Description: "We call the house ‘Wingspread’ because spread its wings it would." - Frank Lloyd Wright. An in-depth descriptive pictorial book with sections that touch on the home and its history. It also includes: The roots of the family; Wingspread’s site; Wingspread’s plan; The construction; The home; The conference center and Materials.

Size: 7 x 10

Pages: Pp 48

ST#: 1997.61.0614

   
Date: 1998

Title: Johnson Wax Administration Building and Research Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright (Soft Cover) (Published by Phaidon Press Ltd, Regent’s Wharf, London)

Author: Carter, Brian

Description: "Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative streamlined brick and glass Administration Building and Research Tower (Racine, Wisconsin, 1936 and 1944), built for the company of S C Johnson & Son, are landmarks in the history of both American architecture and in building for the working environment. The Administration Building, designed during the Depression, was a beacon of holistic office architecture design. Wright was responsible for conceiving everything from the innovative structural system to the furniture. The phenomenal success of the building led S C Johnson & Son to employ Wright again to design the striking Research Tower. This remarkable addition, planned to house the laboratories for industrial research and product development, was the tallest building Wright had built to that date." (Publisher’s description.) (First Edition)

Size: 11.75 x 11.75

Pages: Pp 60

ST#:
1998.93.0817
   
Date: 2000

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright, SC Johnson and A New Architecture. The 2001 Brick In Architecture Awards Call For Entry. (Published by the Brick Industry Association in conjunction with Architecture magazine.)

Author: Brick Industry Association

Description: "The Progressive Industrialist and the Radical Architect. ...The heart of the administrative building is the ’Great Workroom’ - a two story, single hall where executives and clerical staff all work together." Wright is quoted "This is not only a thoroughly modern piece of work, but more nearly exemplifies the ideal of an organic architecture than any other I have built." Gift from Randolph C. Henning. (First Edition)

Size: 8 x 8

Pages: Pp 12

ST#: 2000.60.0510

   
Date: 2010

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson Research Tower (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Pomegranate Communication, Inc., Petaluma, CA)

Author: Hertzberg, Mark

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin, is one of modern architecture's most significant landmarks. Completed in 1950, the fifteen-story skyscraper is the only existing example of Wright's ambitious taproot design. Like limbs from a tree trunk, alternating square floors and round mezzanines branch out from the weight-bearing central core—a truly revolutionary idea at the time and an engineering marvel today. In 1943 H. F. Johnson Jr., president of the SC Johnson & Son Company, commissioned Wright (1867-1959) to create a new laboratory space that would be as innovative as the research and development team working inside it. The architect eagerly accepted the challenge, envisioning a vertical complement to the firm's streamlined Administration Building, designed by Wright seven years prior. (Publisher’s description.) Original list price $19.95. (First Edition)

Size: 7.25 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 80

ST#: 2010.13.0513

   
   
   
BROCHURES
 
Date: 1977

Title: Announcement and Invitation

Description: Johnson Wax Flyer announcing “Meeting & Tour of the Johnson Wax Corporate Headquarters: Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect.” Includes tour and dinner.

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 2

S#: 2023.05.0406

   
Date: 1986

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright: Johnson Wax Building (Published by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University). 

Author: Text by Thomas W. Leavitt

Description: Exhibit Brochure: “Creating a Corporate Cathedral”. For the traveling exhibit (1986-1988).  Includes five photos and illustrations.

Size: 5.25 x 11.5

Pages: Pp 8

ST#: 1986.19.0406

   
   
   
LIGHTER
 
LighterA 1.jpg (14655 bytes) Date: 1947

Title: Johnson’s Wax Tower Lighter. 

Description: In 1999 I contacted the SC Johnson Archive Department.  According to their records, these were produced in 1947,  and some were given away at that time as Christmas gifts.  One was sent to Frank Lloyd Wright which lead the archivist to believe that he had nothing to do with the lighter project or he would probably have gotten an advanced copy (that was the practice).  In 1948, more were given out as Christmas gifts.  When the Tower was dedicated on 11/17/50, Mr. Wright was in attendance.  250 were invited. 200 accepted, and each were given a lighter as a memento. 

Size:

S#: 1947.00.0499

   
   
   
PHOTOGRAPHS
 
Date: 1936

Title: S. Johnson Building Model. 1936.

Description: Designed in 1936, the building was completed on April 22, 1939. The Research Tower was designed in 1944 and construction began in 1947. Caption on back: "Now in Wisconsin. For years Frank Lloyd Wright designed unique buildings in many parts of the world. He planned this factory of the Johnson & Co., Racine. It combines straight and curved lines, built without ornamentation, yet with a trim beauty of its own." Additional images of model in "Frank Lloyd Wright and The Johnson Wax Building" Lipman, page 36. "At the end of August Wright guided three of his apprentices Blaine and Hulda Drake, and Eugene Masselink, in the construction of a large, detailed model of the Administration Building that could be separated into two halves, allowing one to peer into a miniature Great Workroom." Construction of the model lead Wright to make changes to the design. Page 37. Paul’s Photos. 3702 N. Lakewood Avenue, Chicago 13, Illinois. "GF-901". Original silver gelatin photo.

Size: 10 x 5.8

S#: 0404.22.0109

   
Date: 1937

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters, preparation for the "Dendriform Column Test," 1937 (1936 - S.237).

Description: The actual test took place on June 3-4, 1937. This would have been taken a few days before that. Scaffolding for the test column for can be seen in the center. Reusable metal column forms are setting to the left of the scaffolding. Similar view published in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buidlings, Lipman, 1986, p.58.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0429.18.0215

   
Date: 1937

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters "Dendriform Column Test" June 3-4, 1937 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright (right) stands with Contractor Ben Wiltscheck (far left), HF Johnson, Jr. (Center), during the testing of the dendriform column. The Wisconsin Industrial Commission denied permission to build the columns. According to builders a column with a nine-inch diameter at the base, could only support a maximum column height of 6 feet 9 feet. The nine-inch diameter of the Wright column carried a height of 21 feet 7.5 inches. Finally it was agreed that a test column would be built, and if it carried 12 tons, construction would proceed. A full scale mockup was created to specifications. According to The Milwaukee Journal, June 4, 1937, "Wisconsin’s internationally famous architect, Thursday (June 3) won the first round of an encounter with the Wisconsin Industrial Commission. He successfully loaded 24 tons of sand on the top of a test column which he designed for the new administration building of the S. C. Johnson & Sons Wax Co., at Racine without cracking the pillar." At twelve tons the commission was satisfied. But Wright was not. "At 6 p. m. the structure was still standing, and plans were made for continuing the test Friday, adding weight until the column crashes." According to Jonathan Lipman, "At thirty tons, enjoying the drama, Wright directed the loading crew, ‘Keep pilling.’ At 60 tons, and no room to add more, Wright had the column pulled down. Label pasted to verso: "Brown University Department of Art, Providence, Rhode Island. From the Exhibition: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings (1986). 1937 photographs of Wright (right) watching his experimental dendriform column being test loaded." Acquired from the Brown University.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0429.12.0214

   
Date: 1937

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters "Dendriform Column Test" June 3-4, 1937 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright, HF Johnson, Jr. and Wes Peters sit on a stack of wood during the testing of the dendriform column. The Wisconsin Industrial Commission denied permission to build the columns. According to builders a column with a nine-inch diameter at the base, could only support a maximum column height of 6 feet 9 feet. The nine-inch diameter of the Wright column carried a height of 21 feet 7.5 inches. Finally it was agreed that a test column would be built, and if it carried 12 tons, construction would proceed. A full scale mockup was created to specifications. According to The Milwaukee Journal, June 4, 1937, "Wisconsin’s internationally famous architect, Thursday (June 3) won the first round of an encounter with the Wisconsin Industrial Commission. He successfully loaded 24 tons of sand on the top of a test column which he designed for the new administration building of the S. C. Johnson & Sons Wax Co., at Racine without cracking the pillar." At twelve tons the commission was satisfied. But Wright was not. "At 6 p. m. the structure was still standing, and plans were made for continuing the test Friday, adding weight until the column crashes." According to Jonathan Lipman, "At thirty tons, enjoying the drama, Wright directed the loading crew, ‘Keep pilling.’ At 60 tons, and no room to add more, Wright had the column pulled down. Wes Peters (left), Frank Lloyd Wright (center) and Johnson (right). Published in "At Taliesin" Henning, 1992, p.250. Two copies, One 10 x 7 B&W photograph. One original 10 x 7 B&W photograph acquired from Randolph Henning.

Size: 10 x 7 B&W photograph.

S#: 0429.13.0314, 0429.17.0215

   
Date: 1937

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters "Dendriform Column Test" June 3-4, 1937 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright, HF Johnson, Jr. and Wes Peters sit on a stack of wood during the testing of the dendriform column. The Wisconsin Industrial Commission denied permission to build the columns. According to builders a column with a nine-inch diameter at the base, could only support a maximum column height of 6 feet 9 feet. The nine-inch diameter of the Wright column carried a height of 21 feet 7.5 inches. Finally it was agreed that a test column would be built, and if it carried 12 tons, construction would proceed. A full scale mockup was created to specifications. According to The Milwaukee Journal, June 4, 1937, "Wisconsin’s internationally famous architect, Thursday (June 3) won the first round of an encounter with the Wisconsin Industrial Commission. He successfully loaded 24 tons of sand on the top of a test column which he designed for the new administration building of the S. C. Johnson & Sons Wax Co., at Racine without cracking the pillar." At twelve tons the commission was satisfied. But Wright was not. "At 6 p. m. the structure was still standing, and plans were made for continuing the test Friday, adding weight until the column crashes." According to Jonathan Lipman, "At thirty tons, enjoying the drama, Wright directed the loading crew, ‘Keep pilling.’ At 60 tons, and no room to add more, Wright had the column pulled down. Wes Peters (left), Frank Lloyd Wright (center) and Johnson (right).

Size: Original 10 x 9 B&W photograph.

S#: 0429.14.0514

   
Date: 1937

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters "Dendriform Column Test" June 3-4, 1937 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright and HF Johnson, Jr. On site during the testing of the dendriform column. The Wisconsin Industrial Commission denied permission to build the columns. According to builders a column with a nine-inch diameter at the base, could only support a maximum column height of 6 feet 9 feet. The nine-inch diameter of the Wright column carried a height of 21 feet 7.5 inches. Finally it was agreed that a test column would be built, and if it carried 12 tons, construction would proceed. A full scale mockup was created to specifications. According to The Milwaukee Journal, June 4, 1937, "Wisconsin’s internationally famous architect, Thursday (June 3) won the first round of an encounter with the Wisconsin Industrial Commission. He successfully loaded 24 tons of sand on the top of a test column which he designed for the new administration building of the S. C. Johnson & Sons Wax Co., at Racine without cracking the pillar." At twelve tons the commission was satisfied. But Wright was not. "At 6 p. m. the structure was still standing, and plans were made for continuing the test Friday, adding weight until the column crashes." According to Jonathan Lipman, "At thirty tons, enjoying the drama, Wright directed the loading crew, ‘Keep pilling.’ At 60 tons, and no room to add more, Wright had the column pulled down. Frank Lloyd Wright in foreground, Johnson is behind him.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0429.15.0514

   
Date: C 1938

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Great Room 1938 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Workmen working on dendriform columns in the great workroom. Wooden forms are still in place, and it appears that the concrete has been poured. Similar image published in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings, Lipman, 1986, pp.78-9.

Size: Original 7 x 5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0460.17.0514

   
Date: 1938

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Great Room 1938 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Workmen installing Pyrex tubes in great workroom. Label pasted to verso: "Title: 1938 photograph of the workmen installing Pyrex tubes in skylights of the Johnson Wax Administration Building Great Workroom. Date: 1938. From the exhibition: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings (1986), circulated by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service." Published in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings, Lipman, 1986, pp.78-9.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0460.16.0514

   
Date: 1939

Title: SC Johnson Headquarters “Great Workroom”. 

Description: Ken Burns considered the Johnson Wax Headquarters  “the greatest room in the United States today”.  Herbert Johnson addresses the employees in the Great Workroom during the 1939 profit-sharing meeting.  To his left is the company choir and to his right is the company band.  Original silver gelatin photo.  Published in “Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building”  Lipman 1986, page 118-119.  Photographer unknown. 

Size: 14 x 11

S#: 0501.10.0107

   
Date: 1939

Title: SC Johnson Headquarters 1939.

Description: Porte cochere, viewed from the east. The loading dock is visible at the lower left. The glazed bridge from the penthouse to the squash court is located top center. Stamped on verso: "From Photographic Department, S.C. Johnson & Sons, Inc., Racine, Wis. Makers of Johnson’s Wax. Photograph by Roy E. Petersen." Clipping on verso: "June 8 - 1949. The Johnson Wax Co. building at Racine, Wis., designed by Wright. Architects have called it the greatest contribution to business housing since the advent of the skyscraper. It is built without windows and doors (other than the main opening) and is heated through the floor and supported by ‘golf-tee’ columns, modeled on the structure of a flower." Also published: "Oct 30, 1964. Another of Wright’s masterpieces, a business building in Racine, Wis. It has no windows and no doors except the entrance." Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building" Lipman, 1986 page 99. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Size: Original silver gelatin 10 x 8 photo.

S#: 0798.10.0310

   
Date: 1939

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters 1939 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Administration building, viewed from the east. The Great Workroom is on the left, Administration offices are on the upper level. The carport is to the right. A similar view is published in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building Lipman, p.99 (0798.10), and in Frank Lloyd Wright Monogram 1924-1936 V.5, Pfeiffer, p.251. Stamped on verso: "Johnson Wax Photo, Neg #3864, S. C. Johnson & Son Inc., Racine, Wisconsin."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0501.27.0216

   
Date: 1939

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters 1939 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Recreational Terrace viewed from the South. The Great Workroom is on right, the globe would be across the street to the left. See Frank Lloyd Wright Monogram 1924-1936 V.5, Pfeiffer, p.246. Stamped on verso: "Johnson Wax Photo, Neg #3840, S. C. Johnson & Son Inc., Racine, Wisconsin."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0501.28.0216

   
Date: 1939

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters 1939 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Administration building, viewed from the Northwest. The West side of the Administration Building early evening. The Great Workroom is to the right, Administration offices are on the upper level. The carport is to the left. A similar view is published in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building Lipman, p.98. Stamped on verso: "Johnson Wax Photo, Neg #3993, S. C. Johnson & Son Inc., Racine, Wisconsin." Second copy, hand written on verso: "S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc." Stamped on verso: "Dec 19 1967." Two original 10 x 8 B&W photograph. 

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0501.29.0216, 0501.34.0817

   
Date: 1939

Title: SC Johnson Headquarters. 

Description: “Detail of The Great Workroom”. Note double-wing tub desks. Photographer unknown #90018-F. S. C. Johnson & Son Inc. Racine, Wisconsin. Similar image published in “Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building” Lipman, 1986 page 107.

Size: Original silver gelatin photo.

S#: 0501.14.0907

 

   
Date: 1939

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters 1939 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Administration building Penthouse, Herbert Johnson’s office on the right. A similar view is published in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building Lipman, p.113. Stamped on verso: "15346."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0501.30.0216

   
Date: Circa 1939

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Circa 1939 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936. Administration building Penthouse. View of Herbert Johnson’s office, and most likely Herbert Johnson. Clipping pasted to verso: "Offices almost entirely of glass are used by the wax firm's executives." Hand Written on verso: "April 30 / 39. Page 5. Racine, Wis. Johnson Wax Co."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#:
0501.34.0817
   
Date: 1939

Title: SC Johnson Headquarters “Private Penthouse Office”. 

Description: The desk engages the built-in cabinet.  Photographer unknown. “Photographic Department Neg. #3871 S. C. Johnson & Son Inc. Racine, Wisconsin.”  Published in “Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building”  Lipman 1986, page 115.

Size: Original 8 x 10 silver gelatin photo.

S#: 0501.11.0107

   
Date: 1939

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters "Secretaries’ Office" 1939 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Furniture was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936. Left: three legged arm chair with wheels; Center: desk; Right: three legged arm chair. The S.C. Johnson headquarters was designed in 1936, completed on April 22, 1939. Label taped to verso: "Believe it or not, Some secretaries get privacy. Frank Lloyd Wright, whose concern over the American way of life has resulted in so many basic changes in building, has finally got around to considering the plight of the secretary and in the recently completed S.C. Johnson & Sons plant at Racine, Wisconsin, saw to it that she would get privacy, in fact as well as name, through the development of such unit offices as the one illustrated here. During the next week, an architect’s model of this famous building will be exhibited in Chicago through the Office Equipment Display at the Palmer House." Stamped on verso: "From Photographic Department, S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. Racine, Wis. Makers of Johnson’s Wax. A-192." Published in "The Prairie School Tradition" Spencer, 1985 page 103.

Size: Original silver gelatin 8 x 10 B&W photo.

S#: 0501.20.1113

   
Date: 1939

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Theater 1939 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Administration building Theater, Mezzanine level. "Figure 108. Theater, mezzanine level, 1939. The ceiling is composed of stepped semicircles. A projection booth can be seen at right. Not visible in photograph our sliding panels located behind rostrum that separate the theater from the lobby and provide a projection screen." Published in
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building, Lipman, p.111. Stamped on verso: "Filed Dec 19 1967."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#:
0501.36.0817
   
Date: Circa 1940

Title: Herbert F. Johnson Residence, Wingspread (1937 - S.239), Circa 1940.

Description: During construction of the SC Johnson & Son Administration Building (1936 - S.237), H.F. Johnson commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design his expansive home in Wind Point, Wisconsin. This model of Wingspread was constructed during the summer of 1940, by the Taliesin apprentices for the exhibition "Frank Lloyd Wright: American Architect" held at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), November 12, 1940 - January 5, 1941. See "The Show to End all Shows", 2004.

Size: Original 11 x 14 B&W photograph.

S#: 0531.41.0713

   
Date: 1949

Title: S.C. Johnson Research Tower under construction June1949. (1944 - S.238).

Description: View of the Tower under construction. Scaffolding is in place. Windows have not been installed, enhancing the view of cantilevered floors. Once completed, square floors are exposed, round floors are somewhat visible through tubular glass. The Research Tower was designed in 1944, construction began in 1947 and the opening ceremony was held on November 17, 1950. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buidlings" Lipman, 1986, page 144.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0798.19.0215

   
Date: 1950

Title: SC Johnson Research Tower, 1950.

Description: Round Mezzanines are visible through the glass tubing. The Research Tower was designed in 1944, construction began in 1947 and the opening ceremony was held on November 17, 1950. Published in "A Testament" Wright,1957, page 172-173. "Frank Lloyd Wright, His Life, His Work, His Words" Wright, 1966, page 133. Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building Lipman, 1986, page 158 (dates image at 1950).

Size: Original silver gelatin photo. 8 x 10.

S#: 0831.19.1109

   
Date: Circa 1950

Title: S.C. Johnson Research Tower (1944 - S.238), circa 1950.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1944, the tower opened in November 1950. The tower was designed with a center core the was 54 feet deep. Fifteen floors cantilevered out from the core, floors alternated square and round, reaching a height of 153 feet. Stamped on verso: "Johnson Wax Photo, Neg #14260, S. C. Johnson & Son Inc., Racine, Wisconsin."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0831.48.0216

   
Date: 1951

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Circa 1951 (1936 - S.237).
Description:
Administration building Penthouse. View of Herbert Johnson’s office. Possibly after the 1951 remodel. When comparing this view to the 1939 view, published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building," 1986, page 114, the outside wall in the background on the left has been raised about three feet. Also, setting on that wall is a portrait of Wright taken in 1950. Stamped on verso: "Dec 19 1967."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#:
0857.28.0817
   
Date: 1953

Title: SC Johnson Headquarters "Great Workroom" 1953.

Description: Caption on verso: "Pillars arranged in a unique pattern developed by Wright provide open areas in the Johnson Wax Co.’s administration offices at Racine, Wis. Wright cites this building as proof that an architect can obtain spaciousness in a building without making it appear awkward." Stamped on verso: "Dec 27, 1953. International Newsreel Photo, 235 East 65th Street, New York 17, N.Y."

Size: Original silver gelatin 9 x 7 photo.

S#: 0987.32.0510

   
Date: Circa 1953

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Circa 1953.

Description: Viewed from the West. According to SC Johnson, the globe in the foreground was installed in 1952. Johnathan Lipman dates it to 1954, "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building," 1986, page 130. The Research Tower and complex is on the left. The opening Ceremony for the Research Tower was November 17, 1950. The Great Workroom is on the right. Stamped on verso: "S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Photographic Department, No. 10982-6."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0987.68.1114

   
Date: Circa 1953

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Circa 1953.

Description: Viewed from the Southeast. The Research Tower complex is in the foreground, the Tower is in the background, the porte cochere is on the left. Photographed before the addition of the second and third floors over the east wing of the Research Tower complex, added in 1961. The car to the far right is a 1952 Ford Crestline Victoria.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0987.69.1114

   
Date: 1953

Title: 4) #59: "Wingspread" Model, Herbert F. Johnson Residence (1937 - S.239).

Description: During construction of the SC Johnson & Son Administration Building (1936 - S.237), H.F. Johnson commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design his expansive home in Wind Point, Wisconsin. This model of Wingspread was constructed during the summer of 1940, by the Taliesin apprentices for the exhibition "Frank Lloyd Wright: American Architect" held at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), November 12, 1940 - January 5, 1941. See "The Show to End all Shows", 2004. The 1940 caption: "The latest and largest of the ‘Prairie Houses’." Large color photograph of model published in "Frank Lloyd Wright / Sixty Years of Living Architecture" (Zurich), 1952, page 81-82. (Notice little boy in the background looking at model).

Size: Faded 4.5 x3.25 sepia tone photograph

S#: 0987.52.0813

   
Date: 1954

Title: Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition, Los Angeles 1954 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation project #5427).

Description: A traveling exhibition of Wright's work, consisting of models, photographs and original drawings. A Preview of the exhibition was held in Philadelphia (January 1951). The world wide tour opened in Palazzo Strozzi Florence, Italy (June 1951). In "Sixty Years" (New York), Wright notes that from Florence the Exhibition traveled to "Switzerland, France, German and Holland". The Exhibition catalogs are dated: Paris (April 1952), Zurich (End of May 1952), Munich (May 16 - June 15, 1952), and Rotterdam (dated June 1, 1952). After two years in Europe the exhibition crossed the Atlantic to Mexico City, then to New York (1953). After an exhibition in Los Angeles, June, 1954, the final exhibition took place in Chicago, October, 1956. The Los Angeles exhibition premiere was held at Barnsdall Park’s Municipal Art Center on June 1, 1954, then open to the public from June 2 to July 11, and was extended to July 25, 1954. A temporary pavilion, similar to the pavilion in New York, was attached to the line of kennels that reached from the house to the garage. Exhibition Model & Panel #59. " 'Wingspread,' Johnson House, Racine, Wisc., 1937. Model." Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition, Los Angeles 1954. Model of 'Wingspread,' Herbert F. Johnson's House in Racine, Wisc. Three photographs of Wingspread in the background. Photographed by Loch Crane in June, 1954.

Size: Color 2.25" negative, high res scan, and 8 x 8 Color photograph

S#:
1045.42.1116-10
   
Date: 1954

Title: Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition, Los Angeles 1954 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation project #5427).

Description: A traveling exhibition of Wright's work, consisting of models, photographs and original drawings. A Preview of the exhibition was held in Philadelphia (January 1951). The world wide tour opened in Palazzo Strozzi Florence, Italy (June 1951). In "Sixty Years" (New York), Wright notes that from Florence the Exhibition traveled to "Switzerland, France, German and Holland". The Exhibition catalogs are dated: Paris (April 1952), Zurich (End of May 1952), Munich (May 16 - June 15, 1952), and Rotterdam (dated June 1, 1952). After two years in Europe the exhibition crossed the Atlantic to Mexico City, then to New York (1953). After an exhibition in Los Angeles, June, 1954, the final exhibition took place in Chicago, October, 1956. The Los Angeles exhibition premiere was held at Barnsdall Park’s Municipal Art Center on June 1, 1954, then open to the public from June 2 to July 11, and was extended to July 25, 1954. A temporary pavilion, similar to the pavilion in New York, was attached to the line of kennels that reached from the house to the garage. Exhibition Model & Panel #59. " 'Wingspread,' Johnson House, Racine, Wisc., 1937. Model." Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition, Los Angeles 1954. Model of 'Wingspread,' Herbert F. Johnson's House in Racine, Wisc. Three photographs of Wingspread in the background. Far Left: Exhibition Panel #98. "Shop for V. C. Morris, San Francisco, Cal., 1948." Photographed by Loch Crane in June, 1954.

Size: B&W 2.25" negative, high res scan, and 8 x 8 B&W photograph

S#:
1045.42.1116-11
   
Date: 1954

Title: Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition, Los Angeles 1954 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation project #5427).

Description: A traveling exhibition of Wright's work, consisting of models, photographs and original drawings. A Preview of the exhibition was held in Philadelphia (January 1951). The world wide tour opened in Palazzo Strozzi Florence, Italy (June 1951). In "Sixty Years" (New York), Wright notes that from Florence the Exhibition traveled to "Switzerland, France, German and Holland". The Exhibition catalogs are dated: Paris (April 1952), Zurich (End of May 1952), Munich (May 16 - June 15, 1952), and Rotterdam (dated June 1, 1952). After two years in Europe the exhibition crossed the Atlantic to Mexico City, then to New York (1953). After an exhibition in Los Angeles, June, 1954, the final exhibition took place in Chicago, October, 1956. The Los Angeles exhibition premiere was held at Barnsdall Park’s Municipal Art Center on June 1, 1954, then open to the public from June 2 to July 11, and was extended to July 25, 1954. A temporary pavilion, similar to the pavilion in New York, was attached to the line of kennels that reached from the house to the garage. Exhibition Panel #92. "Johnson Laboratory Tower, Racine, Wisc., 1947" Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition, Los Angeles 1954. SC Johnson Advertising Department Reception Room (1944 - S.238) 1950. The Advertising Department is in the Southeast corner of the Research Tower complex. Designed in 1944, the tower complex opened in November 1950. The dome above the reception room is similar to one of the designs first proposed for the Guggenheim Museum. Photographed by Loch Crane in June, 1954.

Size: B&W 2.25" negative, high res scan, and 8 x 8 B&W photograph

S#:
1045.42.1116-28
   
Date: 1956 (1939)

Title: SC Johnson Headquarters "Great Workroom" 1956.

Description: Stamped on verso: "From Photographic Department, S.C. Johnson & Sons, Inc., Racine, Wis. Makers of Johnson’s Wax. Aug 8, 1956." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Size: Original silver gelatin 10 x 8 photo.

S#: 1147.27.0310

   
Date: Circa 1956

Title: S.C. Johnson Administration Building (1936 - S.237) and Tower (1944 - S.238), circa 1956.

Description: Viewed from the West, the Research Tower is on the left, Administration building on the right. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1944, the tower opened in November 1950. The tower was designed with a center core the was 54 feet deep. Fifteen floors cantilevered out from the core, floors alternated square and round, reaching a height of 153 feet. According to SC Johnson, the globe in the foreground was installed in 1952. Johnathan Lipman dates it to 1954. A similar view is published in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building Lipman, p.130. Stamped on verso: "11545."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1147.70.0216

   
Date: Circa 1958

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Circa 1958.

Description: Viewed from the West. According to SC Johnson, the globe in the foreground was installed in 1952. Johnathan Lipman dates it to 1954, "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building," 1986, page 130, which is a similar view, minor changes. The Research Tower and complex is on the left. The opening Ceremony for the Research Tower was November 17, 1950. The Great Workroom is on the right. Stamped on verso: "S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Photographic Department, No. 11009 297."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1259.46.1114

   
Date: 1960

Title: Herbert F. Johnson Wingspread (1937 - S.239) 1960.

Description: Clipping pasted to verso: "Racine, Wis. - Aerial view shows advanced design of Wingspread, huge ‘prairie house’ designed by the late Frank Lloyd Wright and built near Racine in 1938. Its opening as a conference center was announced by the Johnson Foundation, with the first parley there to be a meeting of the Midwest Regional American assembly Nov. 17-20. Authorities on foreign relations will discuss who should be next secretary of state. Home formerly was residence of H. F. Johnson, board chairman of S. C. Johnson & Sons, Inc., wax manufacturers", stamped "Nov 12, 1960". Published in "The Johnson Foundation, Wingspread" 1961. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10 x 6.9 B&W photograph.

S#: 1458.37.1211

   
Date: 1960

Title: Herbert F. Johnson Wingspread (1937 - S.239) 1960.

Description: View of the home from the South. The swimming pool is on the right in the foreground, the center of the home with the tower is in the background. Caption pasted to verso: "An exterior view of Wingspread, above, shows clerestory roof of Frank Lloyd Wright designed building with glass observation tower dominating the domed central portion of the structure. The building at Wind Point, North of Racine, Wisconsin, will serve as a conference center and as administrative headquarters for the Johnson Foundation." Stamped on verso: "From the photographic dept. S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Negative No. 18758-6." "Reference Dec 2 60, N. E. A." Herbert F. Johnson (1899 - 1978) donated their home, Wingspread, to The Johnson Family Foundation in 1959 as an international educational conference facility.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1458.52.0316

   


Date: 1962

Title: S.C. Johnson Headquarters Circa 1962.

Description: Two views from the Northeast. The Research Tower complex is in the foreground, the Tower is in the background. Similar view in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building," Lipman, 1986, page 172. The second and third floor addition over the east wing of the Research Tower courtyard was designed by Taliesin Associated Architects in 1961. SC Johnson substituted Pyrex tubing for Plexiglas sheeting. The car to the right appears to be a 1960 Ford Falcon. There is a 1961 Thunderbird just past the VW in the foreground. Clouds vary in the two originals.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1526.16.1114, 1526.17.1114

   
Date: 1964

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building 1964 (1936 - S.237).

Description: View of the Lobby from the West. Monolithic dendriform columns have a diameter of 9 inches at the base and gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. "
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings," Lipman, 1986, p.50. Clipping pasted to verso: "The rhythmic geometry of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture is dramatically demonstrated in the reception area of the administration building. The curved balconies are part of the mezzanine and penthouse office areas." Stamped on clipping: "Dec 13 1964." Earlier image in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.101.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#:
1596.61.0917
   
Date: 1964

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building 1964 (1936 - S.237).

Description:
View of the spiral stairway in the Great Workroom. Stairway leads to women’s lounge. Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. Ken Burns considered the Johnson Wax Headquarters Great Workroom as "the greatest room in the United States today." Architects have called it the greatest contribution to business housing since the advent of the skyscraper. It is built without windows and doors (other than the main opening) and is heated through the floor and supported by ‘golf-tee’ columns, modeled on the structure of a flower." Clipping pasted to verso: "Lighted, winding stair wells, like this one, provide access to women's lounges. The building's architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, also designed the desks and other furnishings in the building. S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc." Stamped on clipping: "Dec 13 1964."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#:
1596.62.0917
   
Date: 1964

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building Penthouse 1964 (1936 - S.237).

Description: View of Administration building Penthouse. Herbert Johnson’s office on the right. Monolithic dendriform columns have a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widening to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spreading out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall. Clipping pasted to verso: "Tapered columns rise the full three levels of the 25 year old administration building of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine. The lobby and mezzanine or partly visible from the top level executive offices shown above." Stamped on clipping: "Dec 13 1964." Stamped on verso: "650457." A similar view is published in "
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings" Lipman, p.113.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#:
1596.63.0917
   
Date: 1964

Title: Herbert F. Johnson Wingspread (1937 - S.239) 1960.

Description: Aerial view. Clipping pasted to verso: "Wingspread, Frank Lloyd Wright designed conference center of The Johnson Foundation, where the Planning Conference for the International Convocation based on Pope John Twenty-Third’s Encyclical, Peace on Earth, will take place May 17-19, 1964."

Size: Original 7 x 5 B&W photograph.

S#: 1596.26.1013

   
Date: 1967

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Greenhouse, Exhibition Dwelling and Advertising Department 1967 (1944 - S.238).

Description: On the second floor, the Greenhouse is on the left, the Exhibition Dwelling is to the right. In the foreground, out of view is the Formal garden over the Research Tower carport. Caption, "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings," Lipman, 1986, page 172, figure 150: "Wright designed this small formal garden with a stone surface and a shallow pool. A greenhouse is at the left and the advertising department is located above the exhibition dwelling." The Advertising department is on the third floor. The ornate dome of glass tubing is above the reception area. Stamped on verso: "Dec 19 1967." 

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#:
1720.39.0917
   
Date: 1967

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building 1967 (1944 - S.238).

Description: View of the West side of the Administration Building 1939 from the Northeast. Exterior of the great workroom. Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Stamped on verso: "Neg 3838." "Dec 19 1967."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#:
1720.40.0917
   
Date: 1967

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Pilot Laboratory 1967 (1944 - S.238).

Description: The Research Tower and the addition surrounding it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1944, construction began in 1947 and the opening ceremony was held on November 17, 1950. The Pilot Laboratory is in the Southwest corner of the ground floor of the new section. Additional view is published in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings, Lipman, 1986, p.168. Stamped on verso: "Dec 19 1967."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#:
1720.38.0717
   
  SC Johnson Administration Building (1936 - S.237) and Tower (1944 - S.238). Set A: The World’s Most Modern Office Building. 10-photo portfolio accompanied by a six-page typewritten narrative, describing major innovations, 43 miles of glass, the dendriform columns, modern furniture, features and highlights. The portfolio was purchased from a New York City architect who was associated with the project in the 1930's. (Note: Google Books dates this circa 1971.) Set B: Second set of 10 photographs matching the 1971 portfolio. Photographs were originally obtained in the 1970's as a Johnson building tour memento. The quality of this second set is of a higher quality. Image #7 is a slightly different view of the great workroom. Ten original 8x10 B&W photographs mounted to gray poster board.
Date: 1971

Title: The World’s Most Modern Office Building (Single sheets) (Published by S.C. Johnson & Son, Racine, Wisc.)

Description: "The Johnson’s Wax Administration Building, called by architects the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper, was officially opened April 22-23-24, 1939..." A six-page typewritten narrative, describing major innovations, 43 miles of glass, the dendriform columns, the Great Workroom, Cherokee red brick walls, modern furniture, features and highlights. P. 6.

Size: 8.5 x 11

S#: 1867.15.0614

   
Date: 1971

Title: #1 A&B) SC Johnson Administration Building Great Room (1936 - S.237).

Description: West side of Administration Building 1939, viewed from the Northeast. Exterior of the great workroom. Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Similar image in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.98.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-1, 1867.16.1215-1

   
Date: 1971

Title: #2 A&B) SC Johnson Administration Building Lobby (1936 - S.237) 1939, viewed from the East, second level.

Description: Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.50.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-2, 1867.16.1215-2

   
Date: 1971

Title: #3 A&B) SC Johnson Administration Building detail of the Lobby (1936 - S.237) 1939, viewed from the ground level.

Description: Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. Similar image in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.113.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-3, 1867.16.1215-3

   
Date: 1971

Title: #4 A&B) SC Johnson Research Tower (1944 - S.238) 1950, viewed from the Northwest, inside the courtyard.

Description: Designed in 1944, the tower opened in November 1950. The tower was designed with a center core the was 54 feet deep. Fifteen floors cantilevered out from the core, floors alternated square and round, reaching a height of 153 feet. Similar image in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.155, dated 1950.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-4, 1867.16.1215-4

   
Date: 1971

Title: #5 A&B) SC Johnson Research Tower complex (1944 - S.238) 1950, viewed from the Southwest, across the rooftop of the new Research Tower complex.

Description: The Research Tower is to the left out of the picture. The flora pond is in the foreground. The walkway bridge extends from the original Administration Building to the new complex that also included the advertising department. The glass done covers the lobby of the reception area of the advertising department.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-5, 1867.16.1215-5

   
Date: 1971

Title: #6 A&B) Frank Lloyd Wright visits SC Johnson Administration Building (1936 - S.237), overlooks Lobby from third floor balcony 1950.

Description: When the research tower complex was dedication on November 17, 1950, Mr. Wright was in attendance. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.ii.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-6, 1867.16.1215-6

   
Date: 1971

Title: #7A) SC Johnson Administration Building Great Room (1936 - S.237) Circa 1950.

Description: Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1867.15.0614-7

   
Date: 1971

Title: #7B) SC Johnson Administration Building Great Room (1936 - S.237) Circa 1950.

Description: Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1867.16.1215-7

   
Date: 1971

Title: #8 A&B) SC Johnson Advertising Department Reception Room (1944 - S.238) 1950.

Description: The Advertising Department is in the Southeast corner of the Research Tower complex. Designed in 1944, the tower complex opened in November 1950. The dome above the reception room is similar to one of the designed first proposed for the Guggenheim Museum (0987.35). Also see "The Solomon Guggenheim Museum", Pfeiffer, 1994, cover.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-8, 1867.16.1215-8

   
Date: 1971

Title: #9 A&B) SC Johnson Advertising Department Reception Room (1944 - S.238) 1950.

Description: The Advertising Department is in the Southeast corner of the Research Tower complex. Designed in 1944, the tower complex opened in November 1950. The dome above the reception room is similar to one of the designed first proposed for the Guggenheim Museum (0987.35). Also see "The Solomon Guggenheim Museum", Pfeiffer, 1994, cover.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-9, 1867.16.1215-9

   
Date: 1971

Title: #10 A&B) SC Johnson Administration Building (1944 - S.238) aerial view circa 1970.

Description: Aerial view in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.162-3, is dated 1961. Parking lot in foreground was filled with homes in 1961. Building just to the right of the tower in 1961 has also been torn down and paved.

Size: Two original 10 x 8 B&W photographs.

S#: 1867.15.0614-10, 1867.16.1215-10

   
Date: 1981

Title: SC Johnson Administration Building Table (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Written on verso: "Johnson Wax Warren McArthur Prototype". Prototype table designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, three-quarter view. Warren McArthur Jr., son of one of Wright earliest clients (1892 - S.011), held patents on designs for hollow metal frame elements. He was the brother of Albert McArthur who was once an associate of Wright in Oak Park and designer of the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Warren McArthur Co., New York, manufactured the prototypes. Steelcase Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, went on to manufacture the furniture. Tubular Aluminum, wood veneer top. 23 (H) x 31 (W) x 15.25 (D). Photographed by Thomas Heinz. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: Two original 8 x 10 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.77.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: SC Johnson Administration Building Table (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Prototype table designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, straight view. Warren McArthur Jr., son of one of Wright earliest clients (1892 - S.011), held patents on designs for hollow metal frame elements. He was the brother of Albert McArthur who was once an associate of Wright in Oak Park and designer of the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Warren McArthur Co., New York, manufactured the prototypes. Steelcase Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, went on to manufacture the furniture. Tubular Aluminum, wood veneer top. 23 (H) x 31 (W) x 15.25 (D). This photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright", Kelmscott Galleries, 1981, page 44. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph, 4 x 5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.78.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: SC Johnson Administration Building Arm Chair (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Prototype arm chair with three legs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, three-quarter views. Written on verso: "Johnson McArthur Prototype". Warren McArthur Jr., son of one of Wright earliest clients (1892 - S.011), held patents on designs for hollow metal frame elements. He was the brother of Albert McArthur who was once an associate of Wright in Oak Park and designer of the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Warren McArthur Co., New York, manufactured the prototypes. Steelcase Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, went on to manufacture the furniture. Tubular Aluminum, upholstered seat, leather back and arms. 32 (H) x 19 (W) x 19 (D). Photographed by Thomas Heinz. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries. See Wright Designed Chairs.

Size: 7.5 x 9.5 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1981.79.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: SC Johnson Administration Building Arm Chair (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Prototype arm chair with three legs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, three-quarter views. Warren McArthur Jr., son of one of Wright earliest clients (1892 - S.011), held patents on designs for hollow metal frame elements. He was the brother of Albert McArthur who was once an associate of Wright in Oak Park and designer of the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Warren McArthur Co., New York, manufactured the prototypes. Steelcase Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, went on to manufacture the furniture. Tubular Aluminum, upholstered seat, leather back and arms. 32 (H) x 19 (W) x 19 (D). This photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright", Kelmscott Galleries, 1981, page 43. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries. See Wright Designed Chairs.

Size: 7.5 x 10 B&W photograph and 4x5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.80.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building Arm Chair (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Three legged arm chair with wheels, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, three-quarter view facing right. Red painted aluminum, upholstered seat and back, wood arms are laminated. 37.5 (H) x __ (W) x 21.125 (D). This photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright", Kelmscott Galleries, 1981, page 41. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: Two 8 x 10 B&W photographs and one 4x5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.81.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building Arm Chair (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Three legged arm chair with wheels, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, three-quarter view facing left. Red painted aluminum, upholstered seat and back, wood arms are laminated. 37.5 (H) x __ (W) x 21.125 (D). Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: 3.5 x 5 color photograph.

ST#: 1981.82.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building Arm Chair (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Three legged arm chair with wheels, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, facing forward. Red painted aluminum, upholstered seat and back, wood arms are laminated. 37.5 (H) x __ (W) x 21.125 (D). Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photograph and one 4x5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.83.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Herbert F. Johnson Wingspread 1981 (1937 - S.239).

Description: View of the home from the South. The swimming pool is in the foreground. The Kitchen is to the left, Living Room is in the center, the children’s bedrooms is to the right. Clipping pasted to verso: "Education and civic leaders from throughout the world share their ideas in the relaxed setting of Wingspread, the Johnson Foundation’s conference center at Wind Point near Racine. Here Leslie Paffrath, the foundation’s president, and Mrs. Barbara Sargeant, program associate, work out details for an upcoming conference beside the pool at the rambling prairie house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright." Stamped on clipping: "Aug 27 1981."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

ST#:
1981.143.0817
   
Date: 1985

Title: SC Johnson Administration Building Arm Chair (1936 - S.237) 1985.

Description: Clipping pasted to verso: "Chair manufactured by the Steelcase company in the late 1930s and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo by Scott Harmsen." Hand written on verso "7-14-85". Photograph by Scott Harmsen.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1985.42.1012

   
Date: 1998

Title: Fallingwater. "Frank Lloyd Wright. A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick."

Description: Photograph includes Fallingwater, Imperial Hotel, SC Johnson Wax Company Administration Building, Unity Temple. Label on verso: Frank Lloyd Wright. A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings: (top left) Fallingwater in Bear Run, Pennsylvania; (top right) the Imperial Hotel in Japan which has since been demolished; (bottom left) the S.C. Johnson Wax Company Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin; (bottom right) and the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, are examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. The brilliant and controversial architect, who revolutionized American architect, is the subject of a new film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novack. ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’, which interweaves Wright’s extraordinary career with his equally tempestuous personal life, will be broadcast on PBS as a ‘General Motors Mark of Excellence Presentation, "Tuesday, Nov, 10 and Wednesday, Nov, 11, 1998. Photo credits: Fallingwater, Courtesy of James Reber and the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives. Imperial Hotel, S.C. Johnson and Unity Temple, Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives." Stamped on verso: "Nov 1998".

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph. Individual images 4.75 x 3.

ST#: 1998.67.1011

   
Date: 1998

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building 1998 (1936 - S.237).

Description: Set of 16 35mm slides by an unknown photographer. Some images are underexposed, but enhanced.

Size: Original 35mm color slide, 12 x 8 High Res digital image.

ST#:
1998.94.1012 (1-16)



1) View of the Research Tower from the North. The Great Workroom is beyond the tower. (1998.94.1012 -1)
   


2) A series of circular pools lead from the parking area to the main Entrance. (1998.94.1012 -2)


   


3) Detail of the circular pool. (1998.94.1012 -3)


   


4) Main entrance to the Great Workroom from the Carport. (1998.94.1012 -4)


   


5) Detail of the glass tubing to the left and right of the entrance to the Great Workroom. (1998.94.1012 -5)


   
   


6) View of the Lobby from the Great Workroom. Monolithic dendriform columns have a diameter of 9 inches at the base and gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. "
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.50. (1998.94.1012 -6)


   


7) View of the glass tubing and dendriform columns in the Lobby. Monolithic dendriform columns have a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. "
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.50. (1998.94.1012 -7)

   


8) Glass tubings forms a wall on either end of the Lobby. The doors to the Entrance can be seen on the left. (1998.94.1012 -8)

   


9) View of the upper portion of a Dendriform column. Glass walls are joined to columns. Light filters up from the grate below. (1998.94.1012 -9)

   


10) The underside of the second floor bridge between the lobby and the Great Workroom. The Great Workroom can be seen to the right. (1998.94.1012 -10)

   


11) View of the entrance area to the Great Workroom. The Lobby can be seen on the left. The Lobby can be seen rising an additional floor above the Great Workroom. (1998.94.1012 -11)

   


12) View of the metal base of the dendriform column embedded in the floor, in the Great Workroom. A Wright designed car can be seen just to the left. (1998.94.1012 -12)

   


13) View of the reception area between the Lobby and the Great Workroom,. The Entrance can be seen in the background. (1998.94.1012 -13)

   


14) View of the Great Workroom. Ken Burns considered the Johnson Wax Headquarters "the greatest room in the United States today". (1998.94.1012 -14)

   


15) View of the Great Workroom. Architects have called it the greatest contribution to business housing since the advent of the skyscraper. It is built without windows and doors (other than the main opening) and is heated through the floor and supported by ‘golf-tee’ columns, modeled on the structure of a flower." (1998.94.1012 -15)

   


16) Detail of the glass tubing in the ceiling of the Great Workroom, above the dendriform columns.  (1998.94.1012 -16)
   
   
   
PRINTS
   

Date: 1987

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son Prints by Steelcase, 1987.

Description: Set of four prints and envelope of 1939 photographs. Each card has a thick embossed border symbolizing the glass tubing used throughout the Administration building. The Envelope is printed with Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature red square, "Frank Lloyd Wright/Apr 15 39."

Size: Prints are 8 x 6, and are printed with a mezzotint screen.

ST#: 1987.88.0316

 

1) The Great Workroom. Text on Verso: "The Johnson Wax Building, Racine, Wisconsin. In the Great Workroom, the rounded edges of worksurfaces and the backs and seats of chairs repeat the distinctive lines of Frank Lloyd Wright’s dendriform columns. Steelcase. 1987 Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501. Form number S-455. Litho in U.S.A."

 

2) Desk designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Text on Verso: "The Johnson Wax Building, Racine, Wisconsin. The desks Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the Johnson Wax Administration Building are task-specific, utilizing many of the principles on which today’s systems furniture is based. Steelcase. 1987 Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501. Form number S-455. Litho in U.S.A."

 

3) Conference Room. Text on Verso: "The Johnson Wax Building, Racine, Wisconsin. The multi-level worksurfaces and rounded shapes that architect Frank Lloyd Wright employed throughout the building are repeated in the armchairs and table that furnish a conference room. Steelcase. 1987 Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501. Form number S-455. Litho in U.S.A."

 

4) Executive Office. Text on Verso: "The Johnson Wax Building, Racine, Wisconsin. A penthouse executive office is furnished with desk and chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and manufactured by Steelcase.. Steelcase. 1987 Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501. Form number S-455. Litho in U.S.A."

   
   
   

SC Johnson & Son Administration Building.  Set of 12 lithograph prints (printed on a printing press, not photographically). Tours were available at the S.C. Johnson & Son in 1988 at cost $8.00 per person. SC Johnson & Son handed out a tour booklet and these prints during the tour. Tour booklet included five sites: Wingspread, the Golden Rondelle, the Johnson Wax building, the Prairie School, and St. Patrick's Church.

 
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 1) SC Johnson Administration Building Great Room, 1939 (1936 - S.237).

Description: West side of Administration Building 1939, viewed from the Northeast. Exterior of the great workroom. Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Similar image in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.98.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print

ST#: 1988.77.0523

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: SC Johnson Administration Building Lobby (1936 - S.237) 1939, viewed from the East, second level.

Description: Print 2) Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.50.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print

ST#: 1988.56.0911

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 3) SC Johnson Administration Building detail of the Lobby, 1939 (1936 - S.237), viewed from the ground level.

Description: Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. Similar image in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.113.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print.

ST#: 1988.78.0523

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 4) SC Johnson Administration Building detail of the Lobby, 1950 (1936 - S.237), viewed from the ground level.

Description: Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. Image published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.102.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print.

ST#: 1988.83.0415

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 5) SC Johnson Research Tower (1944 - S.238) 1950, viewed from the Northwest, inside the courtyard.

Description: Designed in 1944, the tower opened in November 1950. The tower was designed with a center core the was 54 feet deep. Fifteen floors cantilevered out from the core, floors alternated square and round, reaching a height of 153 feet. Similar image in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.155, dated 1950.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print

ST#: 1988.34.0307

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 6) SC Johnson Research Tower complex (1944 - S.238) 1950, viewed from the Southwest, across the rooftop of the new Research Tower complex.

Description: The Research Tower is to the left out of the picture. The flora pond is in the foreground. The walkway bridge extends from the original Administration Building to the new complex that also included the advertising department. The glass done covers the lobby of the reception area of the advertising department. 8 x 10 lithograph print. Two copies.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print.

ST#: 1988.57.0911, 1988.58.0911

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 7) Frank Lloyd Wright visits SC Johnson Administration Building (1936 - S.237), overlooks Lobby from third floor balcony 1950.

Description: When the research tower complex was dedication on November 17, 1950, Mr. Wright was in attendance. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.ii.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print

ST#: 1988.32.0307

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 8) SC Johnson Administration Building Great Room (1936 - S.237) Circa 1950.

Description: Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print.

ST#: 1988.33.0307

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 9) SC Johnson Administration Building Great Room, 1939 (1936 - S.237). Set of prints circa 1988.

Description: Viewed from the Northern end, looking East. Designed in 1936, the official opening of the SC Johnson Administration Building spanned three days, April 22-24, 1939. It has been called the greatest contribution to business housing since the design of the skyscraper. Monolithic dendriform columns had a metal base embedded in the floor. Golf tee in shape, the base has a diameter of 9 inches, gradually widen to 2 feet 10 inches at the top, then spread out to a diameter of 18 feet 6 inches. The tallest columns are in the lobby at 31 feet tall, and the great room which are 21 feet 7.5 inches high. Photographed after handrails were added to the short walls around the second level.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print.

ST#: 1988.84.0415

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 10) SC Johnson Advertising Department Reception Room (1944 - S.238) 1950.

Description: The Advertising Department is in the Southeast corner of the Research Tower complex. Designed in 1944, the tower complex opened in November 1950. The dome above the reception room is similar to one of the designed first proposed for the Guggenheim Museum (0987.35). Also see "The Solomon Guggenheim Museum", Pfeiffer, 1994, cover.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print.

ST#: 1988.79.0523

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 11) SC Johnson Advertising Department Reception Room (1944 - S.238) 1950.

Description: The Advertising Department is in the Southeast corner of the Research Tower complex. Designed in 1944, the tower complex opened in November 1950. The dome above the reception room is similar to one of the designed first proposed for the Guggenheim Museum (0987.35). Also see "The Solomon Guggenheim Museum", Pfeiffer, 1994, cover.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print.

ST#: 1988.80.0523

 

   
Date: Circa 1988

Title: Print 12) SC Johnson Administration Building (1944 - S.238) aerial view circa 1970.

Description: Aerial view in "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building", Lipman, 1986, p.162-3, is dated 1961. Parking lot in foreground was filled with homes in 1961. Building just to the right of the tower in 1961 has also been torn down and paved. Two copies.

Size: 8 x 10 lithograph print.

ST#: 1988.35.0307, 1988.55.0911

   
   
   
POSTCARDS
 
Date: 1938

Title: SC Johnson & Son, Inc. (Published by S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.). 

Description: "An authentic original in the world’s modern architecture. The new headquarters office of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Makers of Johnson’s Wax, Racine, Wis. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright." 

Size: 5.5 x 3.25

S#: 0460.02.0305

   
Date: 1939

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. 

Description: “1975 - The Offices of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine Wisconsin.”  #9A-H1645. Back: “C.T. Art-Colortone”.  PM 11/30/40.

Size: 5.5 x 3.5

S#: 0501.12.0207

   
Date: 1950

Title: “The Offices of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine Wisconsin.” 

Description: #OC-H2098.  Back: “The unique 15 story Research and Development Tower, with adjoining buildings, completes the group of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for S.C. Johnson & Son.”  Service Paper Co.,  Racine, Wis.  Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art-Colortone” 

Size: 5.5 x 3.5

S#: 0831.15.0407

   
Date: Circa 1950

Title: S.C. Johnson Research Tower at night (1944 - S.238) circa 1950.

Description: Face: "Research and Development Tower. S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Racine, Wisconsin – 7. Back: "Twilight view of the famous Research and Development Tower at the home of Johnson’s Wax in Racine, Wisconsin. The building is only 13 feet across at the narrowest point at the base. Natural Color Post Card Made in U.S.A. by E. C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis. - BCL. 2765N. Stamp box: E C K Co., A natural color Post Card." The Research Tower was designed in 1944, construction began in 1947 and the opening ceremony was held on November 17, 1950.

Size: 3.5 x 5.5.

S#: 0831.28.0813

   
Date: Circa 1950

Title: S.C. Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower Circa 1950 (1944 - S.238).

Description: Face: "Administration and Research Center. S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Racine, Wisconsin – 8. Verso: "The famous Administration and Research Center of S. C. Johnson and Son, Inc., in Racine, Wisconsin, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The glass and brick tower is the tallest cantilever construction in the world. Natural Color Post Card Made in U.S.A. by E. C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis. - BCL. 2767N." The Research Tower was designed in 1944, construction began in 1947 and the opening ceremony was held on November 17, 1950.

Size: 3.5 x 5.5.

S#:
1831.64.0917
   
Date: 1952

Title: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.  (2C-H1403)  (Published in 1952 by Curt Teich, Chicago) 

Description: “The Administration and Research Center of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in Racine, Wisconsin - designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T.  Art-Colortone”  In 1931 a new printing process was developed, and this style added another letter after the decade letter.  An ‘H’ was added if the card was printed using the ‘Art Colortone Method’ also called linen cards.

Size: 5.5 x 3.5

S#: 0910.07.1106

   
Date: 1958

Title: "Johnson’s Wax Administration & Research Center, Racine, Wisconsin.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright."  (Published in 1954 by Curt Teich.  Curteichcolor #D-12119.

Size: 8.5 x 5.5

S#: 1259.10.0506

   
Date: Circa 2000

Title: Wingspread Circa 2000.

Description: "Aerial view of Wingspread. Wingspread, completed in 1939, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built as a residence for H.F. Johnson, Wingspread is now an international educational conference center maintained by The Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wisconsin. Thomas A. Heinz photograph."

Size: 5.9 x 4.1

ST#: 2000.55.1209

   
Date: Circa 2000

Title: Wingspread Circa 2000.

Description: "The central chimney features five fireplaces. Wingspread, completed in 1939, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built as a residence for H.F. Johnson, Wingspread is now an international educational conference center maintained by The Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wisconsin. Thomas A. Heinz photograph."

Size: 5.9 x 4.1

ST#: 2000.56.1209

   
Date: Circa 2000

Title: Wingspread Circa 2000.

Description: "The east and south wings of Wingspread. Wingspread, completed in 1939, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built as a residence for H.F. Johnson, Wingspread is now an international educational conference center maintained by The Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wisconsin. Thomas A. Heinz photograph."

Size: 5.9 x 4.1

ST#: 2000.57.1209

   
   
   
POSTERS
 
Date: 1981

Title: Innovative Furniture in America (Published by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington D.C.)

Author: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Description: Exhibition Poster: Organized and Circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, March 1981 - April 1983.  David A. Hanks, Exhibition Curator.  Secretary’s armchair for the S.C. Johnson Administration Building.  Painted steel, walnut arms, upholstered seat and back.  Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1936.  Manufactured by Steelcase, Inc.  (First Edition)

Size: 23 x 33

ST#: 1981.17.0907

   
Date: 1986

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright: “The Great Workroom”  1886 - S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Administration Building, Racine, Wisconsin - 1986  (Produced by S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.)

Author: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Description: Created for the Centennial/ Preservation-Racine Tour Committee 1986. Published in "Johnson Wax Magazine"  (First Edition)

Size: 31 x 21

ST#: 1986.21.0307

   
Date: 1986 (Pamphlet)

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright: “The Great Workroom”  S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., - Administration Building - Racine, Wisconsin  (Produced by S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.)

Author: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Description: Descriptive pamphlet accompanying poster.  “To celebrate its 100th Anniversary...  Created a limited edition lithographic print.  Created especially for the Preservation Racine Tours of Homes.” (First Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 4.6

Pages: Pp 4

ST#: 1986.22.0307

 
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