Thursday, April 25, 2013

W is for Wisconsin

We made a trip to Wisconsin a number of years ago and visited one of the strangest places I have ever been; The House on the Rock that is located near Iowa County, Wisconsin. It has a very unique design that is often associated with the name of Frank Lloyd Wright, but was designed by Alex Jordan Jr. It is said that the House was built to spite Frank Lloyd Wright for some infraction supposedly he said against the designer.


Almost from the moment we entered the House, we felt overwhelmed. The place was crazy. The rooms were packed with collections of different kinds. The rooms were dusty. There were broken windows. There was apparent water damage. And there was tons and tons of STUFF. We wandered from room to room and I think that in every room in that entire house I must have muttered 'this is the weirdest thing I have ever seen'.

There are rooms filled with musical instruments that are playing (or the seem like they are playing;it is really just music piped in while the instruments are rigged to appear to be playing). There are rooms filled with dolls and doll houses. There is even a room with a full sized carousel present. Walking on your self- guided tour you will see lots of different things. And it would take days to explore it the proper way, I am sure. One day was enough for me.


You can take a walk through the Infinity Room, which is the long hallway type room that juts out over the rock and hangs in the air above the tree filled valley below. There are over 3,000 windows for you to look out. I found this to be so scary  that I didn't even make it half-way before I had to turn and go back. The views however were spectacular.


I have thought back of this museum over the years since our visit, and I still find it to be overwhelming and crazy. You should go visit it some time just to see what I mean.

If you are interested in seeing more of the House on the Rock go here and view the photo gallery.

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10 comments:

  1. Oh, wow! I have never heard of it before. I am afraid I would be like you and turn back long before I reached the end of that. It sounds a lot like Ripley's Believe it or Not museum!
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    1. It was the craziest place I have ever visited.

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  2. I love architecture. My dad is an architect. I am so fascinated by houses like this. I am putting it on my list of places to visit.

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  3. I think I would be scared to walk in the infinity room also, but I would love to see it.

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  4. I don't think I've ever heard of that house before. But by you description it does sound very strange!

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    1. It was very weird. You should go see.

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  5. New information. But your description sounded fun... doll house, infinity room... cool :)

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    1. Was fun-ny! I found it to be overwhelming myself.

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