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Frank Lloyd Wright & the Ghost of Mamah Borthwick

(w/optional tour of the laurent house)

Holiday Tours

Saturday, October 14, 2023

The Laurent House and Pettit Chapel – both designed by famed-architect Frank Lloyd Wright – present Ellie Carlson as the ghost of Mamah Bouton Borthwick, the great love of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life. Mamah, for whom Taliesin was built, was brutally murdered, along with her children, at Taliesin in 1914. Ms. Carlson presents Mamah as a ghost at the moment of her death to tell her story of her life with Frank Lloyd Wright.

This presentation will be held at the Pettit Chapel in the Belvidere Cemetery and will be followed by an optional tour of the Laurent House in Rockford (20 minutes from the chapel).

Pie from Upper Crust Bakery, hot cider, and coffee will be served.

Each performance will be followed by an optional, one-hour, docent-led tour of the Laurent House (shuttle provided).

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

Time: 1:15 p.m. (shuttle departure, for 1:30 performance)

Cost: $25 (includes presentation and refreshments at Pettit Chapel)

Tour: $20 (one-hour, docent-led tour of the Laurent House)

A free shuttle service will be provided to and from the chapel and the Laurent House, due to limited parking at each building.

Parking & Shuttle: Please park at the Boone County Museum of History, 314 S. State St, Belvidere, IL, and board our shuttle that will take you to the Pettit Chapel, less than 3 minutes away. The Boone County Museum of History is a very interesting place, so you may want to visit it first!

If you are not able to use the shuttle, please call our office at 815.877.2952.

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laurent house holiday tours

Holiday Tours

december 2-3

december 9-10

december 16-17


Holiday Tours are back in December! Enjoy the beauty of the Laurent House and Visitor Center, both decorated for the holidays with the Laurents’ personal collection of ornaments, as well as many mid-century Christmas decorations. Each guided tour will end with holiday refreshments (Swedish Christmas cookies and hot chocolate) at our Visitor Center. Our Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping.

$25 for Adults,
$5 for Students ages 7-18.

(Note: the Laurent House is not recommended for children younger than 7 years old. Exceptions can be made by speaking with our Director of Tours, Mary Beth Peterson, at 815-877-2952.)

Make a Holiday Tour at the Laurent House part of your celebrations this year!

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