Architectural Gems: Wright-Taliesin, Calatrava-Milwaukee Art Museum, Lunts-Ten Chimneys
Start and End Dates:
5/27/2013 - 5/30/2013
7/15/2013 - 7/18/2013
9/30/2013 - 10/3/2013
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Price starting at:
Price may vary based on date, departure city
History & Culture
9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Experience Wisconsin’s extraordinary architecture, from Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous Taliesin Estate in Spring Green to the pristinely preserved Ten Chimneys estate of Broadway couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Explore the galleries and collections of the fantastical Milwaukee Art Museum and examine the restored rotunda at the architecturally significant Wisconsin State Capitol.
• Hear from docents about Frank Lloyd Wright’s family life, architectural innovations and love of the countryside at Taliesin, his 48-year work-in-progress.
• Witness the opening of the “wings” inside the Milwaukee Art Museum, a masterpiece of design by esteemed architect Santiago Calatrava.
• Walk in the footsteps of Broadway’s brightest stars at Ten Chimneys — it’s as if Alfred and Lynn will return at any moment.
Walking up to one mile on hilly, uneven surfaces, standing for extended periods.
Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.
One hour southwest of Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is a resort city whose popularity arose from its accessibility from Chicago via the railroad. With its many large summer homes, the city has been called "The Newport of the West," and it remains a year round destination for those seeking a quaint, lakeside getaway.
Conference center on 52 wooded acres with 1,150 feet of shoreline. Alcohol not permitted on site.
Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
As the head of the Art History Department at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Jim Slauson has shared his enthusiasm for art history and the humanities for more than 20 years. He has traveled and lectured extensively in Europe and the Mediterranean, and has published numerous articles on Mediterranean art and culture. Jim has a M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with additional study at the University of Minnesota.
Trevor Stephenson began piano studies at age 10 and, at age 12, decided on a life in music. Following two undergraduate degrees in piano performance, he earned a doctorate of musical arts degree in historical performance of 18th-century music from Cornell University. In 1990 in Madison, Wis., he began rebuilding and customizing a series of keyboard instruments. Trevor founded the Light & Shadow concert and recording company in 1994, and has released 12 recordings. He is artistic director of the Madison Bach Musicians.
Meals and Lodgings
Lake Geneva, WI
Located on beautiful Geneva Lake in a 52-acre wooded site. Public access walking path around the lake gets you up close to many of the historic mansions. Be sure to stay on the path.
1724 Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
Local or 800 phone service, radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, soap, shampoo, lotion. There are no televisions in the rooms. No alcohol permitted on site.
Self contained conference and retreat center, meeting, sleeping and dining all in the same building. Elevator service to all three levels. Local phone service only. Mobile phone service may not be reliable. Two lounges with fireplaces. One television with basic channels in second floor lounge. No alcohol permitted on site.
Additional nights prior:
Call for price information. Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability and price.
Check in time:
Additional nights after:
Call for price information. Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability and price.
Check out time:
Start of Program:
Check in begins at 4:00 PM at conference center. You will be staying at
End of Program:
Program ends upon return from final field trip. Approx. 2:30 PM. You will be staying at
the night before.
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Free surface parking for duration of program.
To Start of Program
Lake Geneva, WI
Nearest city or town:
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI.
From End of Program
Lake Geneva, WI
Additional transportation information same as above
Gen. Mitchell Int'l Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI to Lake Geneva
Covenant Harbor Van Shuttle
phone: 262-248-3600 x309
Advanced Reservations Required
Per Person/One Way:
$75 per person, $100 for two people traveling together
Prices are subject to change.
1 hour 15 minutes
Van Shuttle provided by Covenant Harbor from/to the Milwaukee airport on the program start and end dates only. Contact Ms. Brooke Furmanek, the program coordinator, to make your reservation at 262-248-3600 x309. One-way cost $75 per person or $100 for two people traveling together.
From Chicago to Lake Geneva
Take the I-294 N towards Milwaukee (there will be tolls). Take I-94 W (You are actually going north) to Milwaukee (There will be tolls). Take the Hwy 50 W exit to Kenosha/Lake Geneva. Follow Hwy 50 W approximately 28 miles to Lake Geneva. Stay on Hwy 50 W one mile and turn left into the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp entrance. The entrance is just before Highway 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway.
From Madison to Lake Geneva
Take I-90 south to I-43 north. Follow I-43 north to Hwy 50 east (Lake Geneva). Follow Hwy 50 for about 10 miles. As you enter Lake Geneva you are coming down a big hill and the highway will narrow from four lanes to two lanes, at this point the Covenant Harbor/Geneva Bay Centre entrance is on the right. Continue down the drive and bear to the right at the fork, up the hill to Geneva Bay Centre (three story red brick building). Passenger drop off to the left, parking to the right. Travel time approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.
From Milwaukee to Lake Geneva
Take I-43 south to Exit 36, Hwy 120 East Troy/Lake Geneva. Take Hwy 120 south 13 miles to Lake Geneva (three stop signs). Continue straight into Lake Geneva, do not follow Hwy 120 around the city, instead continue straight onto Broad Street to the second stop light (intersection of Broad St and Hwy 50, the lake will be directly in front of you). Turn right on Hwy 50 and proceed west one mile (the lake is on your left) to the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp/Geneva Bay Centre entrance on your left (lakeside). Look for the red "Welcome Road Scholar" sign. The entrance is just before Hwy 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway. If you see Snake Road you've gone too far. Continue down the driveway and bear to the right at Heinzelman Way, continue up the road and park in front of the thee-story brick building (Geneva Bay Centre).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.
Arrival and Orientation
(Monday, May 27)
Travel to Lake Geneva on your own -- OR -- join the Covenant Harbor van shuttle departing from the Milwaukee airport at 4:00 pm. Advance Reservation Required. Claim your luggage and meet at the GoRiteway kiosk by 3:45 pm. You will arrive in Lake Geneva at 5:30 pm in time for check-in, dinner and orientation.
Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Check-in begins at 4:00 pm in the lobby of the Geneva Bay Centre at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp and Retreat Center. Please, no early check-ins; however, if you do arrive early, you are welcome to bring in your luggage and wait in the lounge until your room is ready. Pick up your program booklet, name tag and room key from your Group Leader who will be in the lobby. The booklet will contain the final day-by-day schedule and other program information that we will review during orientation.
At 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. Meals served at the retreat center are buffet style. At dinner you'll find a salad bar with fresh greens and an array of toppings along with hot entrees and a dessert. Be sure to pace yourself, there are a lot of choices. Find a seat in the dining room and take your glass to the beverage center for your choice of milk, soda, iced tea, coffee or ice water. Meal times are a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants and talk about past programs you have attended.
Gather as a group in the meeting room for ORIENTATION at 7:15 pm. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and answer any questions. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to the group and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies.
Taliesin in Spring Green
(Tuesday, May 28)
At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. You'll find a variety of hot and cold dishes along with fresh fruit and juice.
Class 9:00-10:00 am. Join Jim Slauson from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for a primer in architecture from Stonehenge to Calatrava. Take a 30-minute break at 10:00 am. Class 10:30-11:30 pm. Mr. Slauson continues his lecture and discussion.
At 11:30 am in the lower level dining room.
Board our motor coach at 12:30 pm for our FIELD TRIP to Madison and Spring Green. Approximate travel time to Madison is 1 hour 30 minutes. We'll pass the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Monona Terrace and the Wisconsin State Capitol. Travel time to Spring Green is approximately 40 minutes. Our first stop for our visit of FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S TALIESIN will be the visitor center where we'll meet our docents and board our shuttles for a quick ride over to the estate. Enjoy a two hour docent led exploration of the main house. You'll hear stories of Mr. Wright's family life, his architectural innovations, and his love of the surrounding countryside. Taliesin was always a work in progress, Mr. Wright worked on it for 48 years. You're sure to find a favorite room, piece of furniture, or other object. You'll have some time to explore the bookstore before we depart for dinner.
At 6:00 pm at the historic Old Feed Mill Restaurant in Mazomanie. Your dinner consists of your choice of the restaurant's signature dish, pot roast or chicken marsala along with a salad, vegetable and fresh baked bread using wheat grown on the Taliesin estate farm.
Return to Lake Geneva after dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Milwaukee Art Museum
(Wednesday, May 29)
At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
Board our motor coach at 9:00 am for our FIELD TRIP to Milwaukee. Travel time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. We'll meet our docents at the MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM on the shore of Lake Michigan for a 1 hour ARCHITECTURE TALK about the history of the museum including buildings designed by Eero Saarinen, David Kahler and of course SANTIAGO CALATRAVA. There is so much to see in this treasure of a museum. Learn how they moved the ribs for the "wings" through downtown Milwaukee, feel the smooth texture of the poured concrete walls and don't forget to go see the parking garage - it's worth a visit.
At 11:30 am at the museum. Enjoy a box lunch consisting of a sandwich, chips, soda or water, fruit cup and a cookie. We'll eat right in the museum with views of the collection and lake. At noon you'll want to temporarily leave your lunch and head to the pedestrian walkway to watch the "wings" close and open. The whole process takes about 10 minutes. Take your camera!
After lunch you'll have some time for INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION of the museum. Take some time to explore the Bradley Collection donated to the museum by Mrs. Peg Bradley. She donated her collection and the money to build a building to house it. Re-board motor coach at 2:45 pm for return to Lake Geneva.
At 6:00 in the lower level dining room.
Tonight's entertainment begins at 7:15 pm. Enjoy an evening of classical music performed by Dr. Trevor Stephenson from Madison, Wisconsin.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot
(Thursday, May 30)
For those returning to the Milwaukee airport with the Covenant Harbor van shuttle, you will depart from Ten Chimneys after lunch. We'll take your luggage with us on the motor coach. The shuttle will depart at 1:30 pm for the airport and arrive at approximately 2:30 pm. IMPORTANT: Do not make any flight plans earlier than 4:30 pm.
At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. Check-out of rooms prior to boarding motor coach. Luggage can be left at the front desk for safekeeping.
Board our motor coach at 9:00 am for our FIELD TRIP to the small community of Genesee Depot. Travel time is approximately 1 hour. This is where Broadway actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne built their home, TEN CHIMNEYS. Yes, there are actually ten chimneys. You'll hear this story and more during a two hour docent-led exploration of the house and estate. The home contains all the original furnishings and you'll feel like the Lunts have just stepped out.
At 12:15 pm at the estate program center. Enjoy a box lunch consisting of a wrap, fruit cup and dessert bar.
After lunch you'll have some time for INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION of the wonderful exhibits in the Visitor Center and learn even more about the Lunts. Thank you for visiting Darling! Re-board motor coach for return to Lake Geneva. Approximate return at 2:30 PM. Independent departures.
Important information about your itinerary:
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.
You can't find a better value than Road Scholar.
As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.
Specifically, this program includes:
3 nights accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Expert-led lectures: 4
Led by one or more of our world-class instructors, typically in a classroom setting, lectures come in the form of presentations, discussions or workshops and offer expert insight into your area of study.
Field trips: 3
The world is your classroom, as you're on location with an instructor to pursue your educational theme firsthand.
A performance can range from a night at the opera to a visit from a local performer at your hotel.
Plus these special experiences...
Journey to Taliesin in bucolic Spring Green and experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s laboratory of ideas and inspiration of organic architecture.
Learn about architect Santiago Calatrava and his first U.S. commission at the Milwaukee Art Museum, a combination of movement, form and function.
Discover a “design for living” at Ten Chimneys where Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne welcomed all with genuine hospitality.
View the Daily Schedule to see more
And included with all Road Scholar programs:
Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, providing 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage.
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