Wisconsin’s Wingspread Retreat & Exectuvie Conference Center is available to organizations committed to collaborative meetings with purposeful outcomes. Benchmark, a global hospitality company, has managed the property since 1991 on behalf of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, made the announcement jointly with The Foundation.
“Benchmark is honored to be a partner in furthering The Johnson Foundation mission and vision at Wingspread,” said Alex Cabañas, Benchmark’s CEO. “We have seen the remarkable effects these unique convening models have on the meetings process and how a conference at Wingspread can generate profound and empowering change.”
For almost six decades, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread has operated with a singular mission: to create intimate, inspiring conference experiences that foster collaboration and innovative problem solving. “The opening of Wingspread to a wider group of organizations allows us to broaden our educational and charitable mission,” says Roger Dower, Foundation President. “We believe in the power of small group convening to create a real impact in our lives.”
Wingspread was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a family home for Herbert Fisk Johnson, Jr., third-generation president and Chairman of family-owned Johnson Wax. It was completed in 1939, it is one of the Wright’s largest and most spectacular Prairie School designs and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
Its artistry imbues Wingspread with a breathtaking architectural design and landscape of lush surrounding gardens and woodlands. All the architect’s signature elements are: soaring ceilings, expansive rooms and courtyards, art, sculptures, and much of the Wright-designed furniture. To make it even more beautiful, the exterior elements resemble a Japanese pagoda- where the roof seems to float over the house.
The Conference Center at Wingspread is a separate Prairie Style structure that was built in 1959. The 15,000-square foot of center space has five rooms, with floor to ceiling windows that let in natural light and stunning views of the gardens, ponds and grounds.
The purpose of the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread is to create intimate and inspiring conference experiences that will help collaborate and innovate problem-solving ideas.