For our third annual drive along Sheridan Road from Wilmette to Wisconsin, we went to
Wingspread, the home in Racine that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1938 for wax magnate H. F.
Johnson. We started with 17 cars--all but 2 of them 356s--at Plaza del Lago, and picked up 5
more along the way in Lake Bluff. From there is was a leisurely and scenic drive to the Racine
waterfront, where we stopped for lunch at the Reefpoint Brew House, where a table set for 40 people
was waiting for us. From our table we could look across the marina and up the shore line to
our ultimate destination at Wind Point.
For most of us it was a quick hop to Wingspread. For the rest, there was a rare opportunity to observe the raising and eventual lowering of the drawbridge over the Root River, where numerous sailing yachts were making their way to winter storage, much as our cars would be doing soon enough.
Wingspread is a fascinating place to visit, a showcase for both Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural genius and his utter indifference to the concerns of the people who would have to live in his latest masterpiece. After an introductory talk by our guide (which included such anecdotes as the one where Johnson angrily phoned Wright when a leak in the roof was dripping water onto his head during a high-society dinner party, only the have the great man advise him to move his chair to a dryer spot), we were free to wander the house and grounds at our leisure.
The gang gathers at our starting point in Wilmette.