designed by John Howe
John Howe was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s and served as Wright’s chief draftsman for 27 years before establishing his own practice in Minnesota after Wright’s death.
Produced by Rob Barros in 2019, this film provides a detailed look at the early years of the Taliesin Fellowship and inspiration for how buildings were created by this creative team.
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Master of Perspective”
The original proposed site was downtown along Lake Menomin.
John Howe called his design method "Minnesota Prairie Style".
With both fanfare & opposition, creation of the new library took almost 10 years.
The library building opened in 1986.
First Lady Barbara Bush & John Howe were at the dedication on September 21, 1986.
“This paper highlights and analyzes architect John H. Howe’s 1986 design for the Menomonie Public Library, and the preliminary designs leading up to its completion. A prolific Midwest architect in his later career; Howe was Frank Lloyd Wright’s chief draftsman for 27 years. He was known for his speed and proficiency at architectural drawings, which illustrated the profound integration of Wright’s buildings into the landscape.”
Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm
Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Road
Menomonie, WI 54751