A Unique Discovery in Wisconsin

A visit to Spring Green, Wisconsin would not be complete without a stop at The House on the Rock. The House on the Rock is the dream turned reality of Alex Jordan. Alex discovered Deer Shelter Rock in the 1940’s and decided to build a house upon this rock.  What initially began as a small studio with a fireplace would eventually grow into a magnificent architectural wonder. [https://www.thehouseontherock.com/]


The entrance to the Original House winds through a series of Japanese Gardens. One of the most impressive gardens includes a serene pond guarded by a dragon fountain.


The elaborate array of covered walkways guides visitors from building to building.


It does not take long to discover the uniqueness of the Original House.  Incorporating the natural rock formations throughout, the Original House offers a glimpse of innovative fusion between an environmental gem and one man’s creative genius.

Incorporated among the natural rock formations and the architectural additions are treasured collections.


Every corner and hallway within the Original House has been masterfully transformed into functionally artistic spaces.


One of the most intriguing spaces is the infinity room which extends 218 feet over the valley below.


Alex Jordan’s collections span multiple buildings and a diverse array of interests including a doll house room, a circus room, and a life-size 19th century street aptly named Streets of Yesterday lined with store fronts housing hundreds of antiques.

The extensive size of these collections is astounding. A maze of hallways lined with showcases demonstrates just how considerably vast Alex’s diverse interests spanned.

From the whimsical to the absurd, there is something in this collection for everyone.


Alex had a particular interest in creating automated music machines from classical self-playing violins to bluegrass banjos. Visitors can bring these wonders to life by inserting tokens provided upon entrance.


But the pinnacle of his creations is a massive carousel which holds the honor of being the world’s largest indoor carousel. Even the walls are lined with carousel horses and the ceiling with mannequin angels.


“Dwelling is not primarily inhabiting but taking care of and creating that space within which something comes into its own and flourishes.”  Martin Heidegger


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