The House on the Rock is divided into three sections, you can visit just the house or have the ultimate experience and visit all three parts. Tour 1 is a visit to the house itself, Alex Jordan must have been really short or a really bad architect as most places in the house require vigilance as to not knock your head on the ceilings.
FL Wright designed this in 1958, and i was built the next year. It was a grade school, but is now used as an art/community building. Still looks like it was built yesterday.
You can walk around it, and inside if it's open.
Frank Lloyd Wright not only grew up in the Spring Green area, but later on built his home--Taliesin (A Welsh word), his studio and his school there. There are many tours that are offered of his work, check the website to see them.
I did the full tour, saw everything over 4 hours. They take you to see the first building he designed, a small church for the Unitarian Church which is what he attended. Then you walk over and see the Romeo & Juliet windmill he designed his first design. Most said it wouldn't last the winter, but it did and is still standing 130 years later. The tour of the school is next to the home he built for his sisters. School is in session in the summer months, and the tour still goes on. It concludes with his home. He experiemnted a lot on his home, so you see thigns here and there that he tried later on. The inside is very nice, very few walls. You see the inspiration for the Guggenheim in NY he built, a conch shell sitting on his table
The local M&I bank building and it's former drive-thru annex that now serves as the Spring Green Visitors' Center were designed by former Spring Green resident Frank Lloyd Wright. It's a nice addition to the sightseeing of Taliesin and the House on the Rock tourist attractions.
You'll have plenty to see and do.
If you love the outdoors you can start with hiking, exploring. For those that love arts, depend on what form of art you love, there is the American Players Theater, - all summer long, then is the arts and craft shops where they have too many options for anyone;
there is an art fair every July,
see more on the village page: http://www.springgreen.com/
Since I grew up in Wisconsin everyone has always said "you have to go see the House on The Rock", so I did-Honestly this "attraction" didn't impress me much not for the price of admission. I am sure at some time this house was truly amazing-I've just seen better is all. Don't get me wrong The house is impressive and has cool features, but it is dark inside and just too odd for my likes. It Really needs more lighting in there.
It is an architectural marvel perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock with a fantastic view. The outside is more impressive than the inside in my opinion.
The Coolest Feature inside: The World's Largest Carasoul is inside (this thing is huge!) It features over 269 creatures (none of which are horses)
The Infinity Room,which was added in the 1980's, is very unusual and gives you quite a different perspective. Not for people afraid of heights. It juts out 218 feet (unsupported) across the bluff with over 3,000 windows for walls. I swear i could feel it sway when i walked out to the edge.
This is a place definitely unlike any other. If you've ever been here you know what I'm talking about. This place is huge, and there's a lot to see so I would recommend about 3 hours for it (the whole place covers over 200 acres). You walk through the actual house itself which sits on a 60 ft long outcrop of rock, and through various other buildings, each which has a different theme. My favorite is the Infinity Room, which has glass walls and projects out over a valley 218 ft below with nothing supporting it, you can see some breathtaking views from here. Some of the different buildings and rooms include: Gate House, Mill House, Streets of Yesteryear, Heritage of the Sea Building, Spirit of Aviation, the Worlds Largest Carousel (sorry, you can't ride it!!), Dollhouse Building, Weapons Exhibit, and many many more. There are also gardens (open seasonally), a couple of Cafes, and several shops.
This river is a great adventure. My father and I would go tubing (in tire inner tube tires) down this river in the 70's.
This river is alive and demands respect. She changes her borders each spring. She is home to many large birds along with the migrating SandHill Cranes. Many turtles line her banks and sun bath on the fallen logs and if you are quiet enough you can see them instead of just hearing the 'plop' of them slipping in the water. A relaxing trip floating down the river in tube or canoe is the only way to appreciate the magic of this area,
When Alex Jordan discovered a 60 - foot sandstone chimney rock, he envisioned it to be the ideal location for a weekend retreat. However, after constructing the magnificent House on the rock, he found his retreat was drawing curious visitors in drovers, It soon became apparent that the house was more than a simple gateway - it was a place that stretched the bounds of imigination.
This house has evolved into more than just a fantastic piece of architecture. It encompasses a complex of over 16 buildings filled with unique collections and eclectic displays.