Hillside Home School Completed

The Lloyd Jones family are Wright's maternal ancestors.

Aunts, Ellen (1845-1919) and Jane (1847/8-1917) received formal college training. Ellen taught at River Falls Normal School and Jane taught kindergarten methods at the St. Paul City Normal School In the autumn of 1887 they established the Hillside Home School, a progressive co-educational boarding school. Wright designed the Hillside Home School building for them that people visit today.

Hillside Home School was the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright's first major design. Built in 1886 and completed the following year, this was a boarding home for children who received their education in the same building. It was located in rural Spring Green, Wisconsin.

This project was financed by Frank Lloyd Wright's aunts, Jane and Nell Lloyd-Jones, who founded this coeducational school based on a new approach of "Learning by Doing." Frank Lloyd Wright, who was himself homeschooled, supported the apprenticeship model and ultimately converted this school to one for architects in 1928, more than a decade after it had closed.