Dream civic center completed after his death.
Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed a design for a “dream civic center” in 1938. His nature inspired architectural vision for the City of Madison – a curvilinear life gathering place that would link the shore of Lake Monona to the State Capitol life – has now been realized. With interiors redesigned by later Wright-inspired Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam, Monona Terrace extends ninety feet out over sparkling waters, integrating sensibly modern technology and features with the architect´s signature nature-related organic design.
A labor of love
The State of Wisconsin and Madison were very important to Frank Lloyd Wright. His personal time spent on the Monona Terrace project, even though it was not built in his lifetime, is a witness to his yearning for this area of the U.S. and his desire to tie Lake Monona with Madison’s downtown life. Wright’s labor of love for the design was evidenced by the fact that he was compensated only $250 in exchange for roughly 63,000 hours of staff time toward the project over a span of 21 years.
Beyond the Drawing Board
The Journey of Frank Lloyd Wright and his Monona Terrace design- Gallery, Level 3– an arts & entertainment (A&E) experience.
Beyond the Drawing Board, the A&E multimedia gallery at Monona Terrace, speaks to the provocative 60 year story of Madison’s long anticipated “dream civic center” and its connection to America’s greatest design architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
An A&E experience for Wright’s followers
The gallery includes photos of the facility and the surrounding nature, A&E life,related videos, audio clips and artifacts, is free and open to the public, and is located on level 3 west below the Gift Shop on level 4. The A&E gallery can be viewed daily during building hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Images by Errin Hiltbrand.
Take a guided tour
Perhaps one of the most memorable ways to enjoy Monona Terrace life is by taking an A&E guided tour of this architectural masterpiece. Trained guides will reveal how Wright´s life long organic architecture design philosophy is expressed in dramatic open spaces, nature inspired circular forms and breathtaking lake views.
Monona Terrace is accessible to visitors with disabilities.
Closed on major holidays
The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace is closed on major holidays and twice annually for building maintenance. Check website for specific dates.