RACINE, Wis., Aug. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson announced that it will invite the public to join exclusive tours of its new Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit and other architectural attractions at its global headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. The free-of-charge tours will take place from Sept. 16 through Jan. 7, 2018.
SC Johnson will partner with the Chicago Architecture Biennial for the second time to offer free bus tours from downtown Chicago to Racine. One major feature of the tour will be the new exhibit, titled On the Wright Trail, which is the latest installment in The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibit opened in early June 2017 and features 26 miniature scale models of some of Wright's greatest designs by retired Janesville, Wisconsin, architectural draftsman, Ron Olsen.
"The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings on our campus are more than a place of work – they're beacons of innovation and inspiration," said Kelly Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. "We're thrilled to have guests experience what these buildings mean to our company and celebrate Wright's work that has transcended generations."
SC Johnson's global headquarters is home to two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings – the Administration Building (opened in 1939) and the 15-story Research Tower (opened in 1950), where some of the company's most iconic brands like Glade®, Pledge®, OFF!® and Raid® were developed. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The two Wright-designed buildings are recognized for their beauty, practicality and futuristic design, which still seem ahead of their time today.
The Chicago Architecture Biennial is an international exhibit of contemporary architecture drawing participants from more than 30 countries. The Biennial features over 141 practitioners from around the world addressing the 2017 theme, "Make New History."
SC Johnson will offer 90-minute tours Thursday through Sunday; registration required.
Thursday Tours – Buses Depart Chicago at 9 a.m. Friday Tours – Buses Depart Chicago at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Schedule for a 9 a.m. departure:* 9 a.m.: Departure from Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington St., Chicago, Ill. 60602 10:30 a.m.: Meal available for purchase from O&H Danish Bakery in Racine 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Tour of SC Johnson headquarters including the SC Johnson Administration Building; SC Johnson Research Tower; Fortaleza Hall; The Lily Pad gift shop 1-3 p.m.: Return trip from Racine to Chicago Cultural Center Return trip arrival times are approximate. *No tours offered Nov. 23, 2017.
Saturday & Sunday Tours – Buses Depart Chicago at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Schedule for 8 a.m. departure:* 8 a.m.: Departure from Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington St., Chicago, Illinois 60602 9:30 a.m.: Meal available for purchase from O&H Danish Bakery in Racine 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Tour of SC Johnson headquarters including the SC Johnson Administration Building; SC Johnson Research Tower; Fortaleza Hall; The Lily Pad gift shop – and Wingspread 1-3 p.m.: Return trip from Racine to Chicago Cultural Center Return trip arrival times are approximate. *No tours offered Dec. 24 or Dec. 31, 2017.
*Wingspread will not be included in the Sunday, Sept. 17, tour.
To learn more about SC Johnson's free tours of its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, click here.
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, as well as professional products. 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 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com