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SC Johnson Free Tour Program Soars: Now Includes Acclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Wingspread Home

Tours Also Expanded Due to Overwhelming Demand, Dates Extended Through December

RACINE, Wis., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Visitors to SC Johnson's Racine campus can now add another historic gem to their Frank Lloyd Wright tour schedule. The company announced today that it is partnering with the Johnson Foundation to expand its tour offering to include Wingspread, the remarkable home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Herbert Fisk (H. F.) Johnson Jr., the third generation leader of SC Johnson, and his family. Visitors can make reservations online for the free tours.

The 30-foot-high chimney is complemented by expanses of oak veneer, and bathed in the light from overhead and from the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the Great Room at Wingspread.

"Wingspread has special significance for my family and I'm pleased to add it to our visitor program. For me, these structures are so much more than just buildings, they are a constant reminder of some of the bold choices my grandfather made," said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO, SC Johnson. "Wright's buildings are great architectural masterpieces and we feel a great responsibility to share his incredible work with the world."

SC Johnson also has extended its tour schedule, which includes the Landmarks Tour highlighting the iconic SC Johnson Research Tower, through the end of the year to accommodate the increased demand over the holiday season. 

Wondrous Wingspread
In 1936, in addition to commissioning the new SC Johnson Administration Building in Racine, H. F. Johnson Jr. gave Frank Lloyd Wright a more personal task – to design a new house for his family. Wingspread, named for the four wings that spread out from its central core living space, was completed in 1939.

The Johnson family lived at Wingspread through the 1950s. On June 24, 1961, the home was formally dedicated to The Johnson Foundation to be used as a conference center. In 1989, Wingspread was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

"We are excited to partner with SC Johnson to include the renowned Wingspread home in their free tour program and give Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts a chance to experience the wonders of this historical landmark," said Roger C. Dower, President, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.

Touring Wingspread
Wingspread balances grand spaces for social gatherings with smaller, more intimate spaces in the bedroom wings. Tour highlights include the disappearing dining table, the teepee-inspired clerestory ceiling and brick central core in the great room, and the cantilevered Romeo and Juliet balcony bedroom. Visitors will also be able to climb the spiral staircase to the children's glass-enclosed crow's nest and sit on the Frank Lloyd Wright furniture that adorns the house.

Wright called Wingspread "the last of the Prairie houses," and its 14,000-square-foot footprint makes it the largest of the Prairie homes as well. An array of windows and skylights flood Wingspread with natural light and beautiful views of the sky and surrounding landscape. The grounds feature 36 acres of forests, prairies, walking trails and streams.

Touring Wright's Masterpieces at SC Johnson
SC Johnson offers guests an in-depth, comprehensive look at the company's inspired architecture at its Racine headquarters. The two-hour Landmarks Tour includes the Wright-designed Administration Building and Research Tower, and the Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall. Guests will also have an opportunity to visit The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright and The Lily Pad, a gift shop that features exclusive SC Johnson memorabilia and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired items.

Earlier this year, SC Johnson opened the doors of its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower to the public for the first time ever. For 32 years, the Research Tower served as a hub of innovation and the birthplace to some of the world's most beloved household products, including Glade®, OFF!®, Pledge® and Raid®. The tour also shares how the Tower's architecture stimulated the creativity and cutting-edge advancements of SC Johnson's scientists.

SC Johnson's new extended schedule and Wingspread tours can be booked online at http://www.scjohnson.com/visit or via phone at 262-260-2154. Please visit this site to learn more about Wingspread, the Research Tower and Frank Lloyd Wright's unique history with SC Johnson.

See More Wright
A visit to Racine also offers a unique opportunity to see a number of other architectural gems. The city sits within the 220-mile span between Oak Park, Illinois, and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Additional works of architectural importance in this area include: Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and architectural laboratory in Spring Green, Wis.; The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois; The Robie House in Chicago; American System-Built homes in the Burnham Street Historic District, Milwaukee; and The Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin.

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE®, and RIDSECT®. The 128-year-old company, that generates $9 billion in sales, employs nearly 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

About The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for change by bringing together leading thinkers and inspiring new solutions on major environmental and regional issues. For additional information or to learn more about The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, please visit www.johnsonfdn.org.

Frank Lloyd Wright called the 14,000- square foot creation Wingspread, because its four wings embrace the prairie, while the roof over the central Great Hall soars skyward.

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