Cedar Rock Marker
Favorite thing: "CEDAR ROCK: name given by early pioneers to point where this rock ridge meets the river.
According to Indian legend, lovers 'Wapsie' and 'Pinicon' were ambushed and drowned off Cedar Rock, giving river its name WAPSIPINICON.
The buildings and furnishings were designed and construction was superviser by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Built 1946 by Lowell E. Walter."
Favorite thing: Iowa may be full of corn and soybeans, but is also crossed by numerous streams and rivers that flow eastward to the Mississippi or westward to the Missouri. These watercourses provide the landscape with vital habitat for songbirds, for deer, for wildflowers and mushrooms and oak trees. At Cedar Rock, Wright used the natural beauty of the river valley to create a place set apart from everyday life. It's a idyll for contemplation and relaxation - a world away from the intensely cultivated fields only a few hundred yards distant.
Letting the environment shape the house
Favorite thing: At Cedar Rock, the house still feels very much lived in. And it is more comfortable, less austere, than many Wright houses I've seen. Wright hated curtains, which in urban locations sometimes seems absurd. But here at this isolated location, it seems completely natural to have clear plate glass windows throughout the living space.Related to: