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Old 04-12-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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Everything Frank Lloyd Wright and then some!

I needed to get out of the house for a while today, so I decided to grab the camera and go for a ride. I thought I would share some of the buildings Frank Lloyd Wright has designed in our area. Now, I am not good with a camera, and even worse at putting thoughts into words, but here goes...
Try to imagine this in mid October with the leaves changing colors. Maybe I will redo this route in the fall and compare pics.
The BMO bank right down town Spring Green, built in 1970

St. John the Evangelist Church, also right in Spring Green. The original church burned down, so this one took its place in 1989

The world famous Taliesin. I'm not up to par on my history, but many years back there was a brutal murder, and fires set here. Now its just a tour trap.

FLW Visitor Center. When I was a kid this was a fancy restaurant, now it has all the information you would ever want on FLW.

Even the bridges have a FLW influence. This one spans the WI River on highway 23.

A shot of the Visitor Center from across the WI River.

The Aldebaran Farm was the ancestral home of FLW's Uncle James.

The Unity Chapel. FLW was buried here for a while. For some reason the familly moved him. It was built in 1886. I have two siblings that were married here. (not to eachother)

Windmill behind the farm.



Wyoming Valley School. It is a two room school house built in 1956. River Valley used to ship the 4th grade class out of Spring Green to here. I was lucky enough to go here before they stopped.

The Infinity Room of the House On The Rock. If you go up Percusion Rock road, it is visible in a few spots along the way. It extends out 218 feet, and is over 156 feet up. If you go out to the end of it you can feel it swaying from the weight and wind. If you are not familiar with the House On The Rock, heres a link. http://www.thehouseontherock.com/

Just an old barn I thought was cool. Hundreds of them in the area, but I like this one.

I love to find these signs! Hard to find in southern WI, but there were a few good ones on this route.



The ride brought me into the little town of Hyde, and the Hyde Store. Ice cold beer!
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Just down from the Hyde Store is the Hyde Dam.



Not sure what these are. I am guessing stones for the mill, but I wonder how they moved them around back in the day?

Then I worked my way back into Spring Green. The Usonian Inn is along highway 14. Built in 1948.

And we can't forget about the American Players Theater. Outdoor theater in the summer. I guess it's a big deal, but not really up my alley.

I hope you enjoyed it. If anybody is ever in the area and wants to do a little tour like this, just shoot me a PM, I'd be happy to show ya around. And, there are a lot more great roads and sights in the area to discover!
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:15 AM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. Pretty cool you can hit all of those places in a day trip.
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:22 AM   #3
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Ken Burns did a great documentary on FLW.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:03 PM   #4
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Ken Burns did a great documentary on FLW.
I would like to see that. It's kinda a shame, I've lived next to this for 43 years, and don't really know much about it. Beautiful area to ride though!
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:35 PM   #5
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Great report...and educational too!
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:51 PM   #7
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Cool, most of the FLW buildings we see around here are one story, and flat roofed. Nice to see something different. I never understood the concept of a flat roof, why not shed the water or snow off?
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Thanks for the RR. I am originally from Wisconsin and have ridden my motorcycle in that area before. It truly is a beautiful place to ride (and live, for that matter). I miss it (except in the winter ).

Regarding the House on the Rock...Is that a FLW building? I thought it was built by someone else (who also had a habit of collecting stuff...It is unbelievable how much "stuff" he accumulated and kept on his property). If you are in the area, the House on the Rock is a worthwhile detour.

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Old 04-13-2014, 11:18 AM   #9
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Nice report. I am a FLR fan. He designed furniture too. This is a pic of a corner of my home in Boston. The chair is a FLR replica. They are hand made in Vermont out of natural cherry. I'd like to have a couple more of his designs, but even the reproductions are pretty expensive for what they are.

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Thanks for the RR. I am originally from Wisconsin and have ridden my motorcycle in that area before. It truly is a beautiful place to ride (and live, for that matter). I miss it (except in the winter ).

Regarding the House on the Rock...Is that a FLW building? I thought it was built by someone else (who also had a habit of collecting stuff...It is unbelievable how much "stuff" he accumulated and kept on his property). If you are in the area, the House on the Rock is a worthwhile detour.

Thanks again.

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A man named Alex Jordan built it, I'm not sure if FLW had a hand in designing it or not. It is a very interesting place. Lots of "stuff"!
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Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:49 PM   #12
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Nice

I toured Falling Water and Kentuck Knob out in Pennsylvania recently - incredible to see his style carried through all the buildings. Thanks for posting!
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:29 PM   #13
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Nice Pics

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