January 30, 1934 - July 5, 2017
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin Community, and the School of Architecture at Taliesin mourn the passing of architect Anthony Puttnam. Born January 30, 1934, Tony joined the Taliesin Fellowship in 1953 after attending the University of Illinois. As both architect and landscape architect, he designed many residential, civic, educational, and hospitality buildings, as well as landscape and historic restoration projects, including the 1990 restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1897 “Romeo and Juliet” windmill at Taliesin. He masterminded the building of Monona Terrace, a civic project first designed by Wright in 1938, which came to fruition as a LEED Silver building under Tony’s direction in 1997. More recently, Tony was the architect and planner for Panda Mountain at the Wolong Panda Preserve and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. He was a talented photographer, graphic designer, master draftsman, and was a valued teacher at The School of Architecture at Taliesin who cared deeply about Taliesin and nature; he expressed his love for both through his study and teaching of “nature patterns” as the source of design. He shared his passion and knowledge of poetry, philosophy, architecture, and all things spiritual. Tony passed unexpectedly at Taliesin on July 5, 2017. A memorial service is planned for September 2017.