Wright warehouse in Richland Center gets new owner

A Richland Center warehouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has a new owner.

Wright designed and built the building as cold storage warehouse for A.D. German around 1920. It’s had various owners that have tried to repurpose it but it’s been largely unused over the years.

The new owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, closed on it Thursday.

Janet Halstead, executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, says the new owner will work with a group of Richland Center citizens and others to fundraise in order to preserve and restore it for future use.

The building exhibits Wright’s use of Precolumbian forms similar to the Bogk House in Milwaukee and the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Wright was born in Richland Center in 1867. He died in 1959.