Myths of the 1914 Murders at Taliesin
Unveil the mysterious murders of the Frank Lloyd Wright-Taliesin home with historian Keiran Murphy.
In August 1914, Frank Lloyd Wright’s servant, Julian Carlton set fire to his Spring Green Taliesin home and murdered seven people as they escaped. Those killed were Wright’s partner, Mamah Borthwick; her two children (ages 11 and 8); Emil Brodelle (draftsman); Thomas Brunker (foreman); David Lindblom (gardener); and Ernest Weston, the 13-year-old son of carpenter William “Billy” Weston. Two others survived but were injured. Carlton died before a trial was held.
Keiran Murphy, Taliesin historian, will provide the story of the horrible event and answer questions. Keiran has been the principal historic researcher at Taliesin, the home of Frank Lloyd Wright located outside of Spring Green, WI. Murphy has been involved in the research, preservation and interpretation of the five-building complex on the Taliesin Estate, co-author (with architectural historian Anne Biebel) of a published article on a find at Wright’s Hillside structure, as well as the Hillside Comprehensive Chronology.
She served as co-curator of “Taliesin: the Work of a Lifetime” in 2011, has given a number of PowerPoint presentations on the history of Wright, his home, his family, and his Taliesin Fellowship community, narrated a 3-D Virtual tour of Taliesin, and has consulted on several books about Wright and Taliesin. Murphy received her MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin and her BFA from Emerson College, in Boston, MA.