The Johnson Foundation, and Wingspread, its landmark home, have received two recent honors.
The Foundation was given a 2010 Wright Spirit Award in the Public Domain category by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Saturday evening at the Conservancy's annual meeting in Cincinnati. The citation was for the Foundation's "continuing stewardship" of Wingspread, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for H.F. Johnson Jr. in 1937. Susan Jacobs Lockhart, the Conservancy president, presented the award.
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Lockhart said that the house is the "centerpiece" for many meetings, and quoted the late Sam Johnson, H.F.'s son and former chairman of SC Johnson, "We know that places can make a difference in life, and that is the reason for the success of many of our conferences." The Conservancy itself grew out of a Johnson Foundation conference, as did National Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the International Court of Justice. The Foundation, it was noted, recently also called attention to the current crisis in freshwater in a major report. Lockhart cited not only the restoration of the home's roof in the 1990s, but also recent geothermal and other initiatives to conserve energy and water at the Johnson Foundation.
In addition to that honor, it was also recently announced that Wingspread was chosen from 1,500 houses in Wisconsin for inclusion in a new book, "Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes" by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman with photographs by Zane Williams. The book is a survey of historic Wisconsin homes which have made significant contributions to American residential architecture. The book was published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, with funding from the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville.