‘House on the Rock’ opulent excess equals fun

The world's largest carousel in House on the Rock. (thehouseontherock.com)

It was in 1945, the same year that World War II ended, when imaginative architect Alex Jordan, Jr. started building his dream weekend retreat in southwest Wisconsin.

The House on the Rock

The House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI 

Not your typical country cabin, it sits atop a 60-foot chimney of sandstone formation in the beautiful Wyoming Valley. This eclectic dwelling  would come to be known as  The House on the Rock.  Today it is a popular year-round travelers’ attraction with plenty of parking for large RVs.

That original 14-room house was the first structure of what evolved into an amazing complex of architecturally unique buildings, gardens, streets and spaces.  “One thing just sort of led to another” said Jordon. He continued adding room after room filled them with some of the world’s more unique, wide-ranging and whimsical collections.

Eccentric Collector

‘Streets of Yesterday’ in The House on the Rock

Jordon was known as an eccentric collector all his life and enjoyed visiting museums. It “is more of a trip through the wild and fantastic imagination of Alex Jordan than a visit to a dusty, lifeless museum,” states the Website.

Visitors need to be prepare to “stay a while” because, as novelist Jane Smiley wrote: “It is hard not to be overwhelmed by the House on the Rock. The sheer abundance of objects is impressive, and the warmth most of the objects exude, the way that the toys ask to be played with, for example, makes the displays inherently inviting. But almost from the beginning, it is too much.”

One of many gardens on the sprawling grounds. (TheHouseontheRock.com)

Read more about this unusual traveler’s destination by clicking on an article I updated on RV Travel  “House on the Rock astounding, fun Wisconsin family attraction.”  There is parking for large recreation vehicles.

If you go:

The House on the Rock
5754 State Road 23
Spring Green, WI 53533
URL: TheHouseOnTheRock.com

Nearby RV Parks

There are at least two RV parks nearby:
– Wisconsin Riverside Resort (608) 588-2826, open April 15-Oct. 15 (weather permitting)
– Tower Hill State Park, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 5808 County Road C
Spring Green, Wisconsin, 53588

Julianne G. Crane
Photos Source: The House on the Rock website

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