Famous Barns

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Midway Barn at Taliesin

“Regard it just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.”  

  -Frank Lloyd Wright

​​In the driftless area of southwest Wisconsin, just south of Spring Green and the Wisconsin River, is Frank Lloyd Wright’s 600-acre estate Taliesin.  This is the estate from Frank Lloyd Wright’s mother’s family – Anna Lloyd Jones, whose prosperous and well-known family had moved to Spring Green from Wales.  Frank spent his summers at the Lloyd Jones farms. ​

The barn on the property is called “Midway” because it’s midway between Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and the Hillside School at Taliesin.

To construct the Midway Barn Frank moved his uncle’s rectangular stable up the hill from the river; this became the Horse Stable and Poultry Barn. Then, he added a long, second 2-story wing perpendicular to the stable. Open lean-tos with shed roofs were added, cascading down the hill from the barn’s center section. There was also a Milking Tower and Dairy area of the barn, with the round tower constructed of the same indigenous stone that provides the barns foundations.

​Take a closer look at the barn in this video.