House on the Rock

House on the Rock

Since creating my Wisconsin To-Do List, something we've wanted to do is,

House on the Rock

The best time to do that, of course, is with guests in town!

House on the Rock

A little about the place, from their website

The House on the Rock began in 1945 when a man named Alex Jordan had a towering goal: to build a retreat as awe-inspiring as the view from the rock upon which the House would eventually be built. What took shape on and around Deer Shelter Rock is a truly remarkable achievement. The House was only the beginning. In the years that followed, Alex expanded his vision beyond the House and collected and built on a massive scale. In the end he had created the world-renowned attraction known as The House on the Rock.

It felt like a massive museum, full of random things. Unlike a museum though, there was very little info about the stuff collected, no tags about where the stuff was found or collected, the cost of the item or item details. One of the new buildings had lots of details and stories of Alex's life and descriptions of why he was the way he was. But it was built and made after his death. But older sections, particularly that hosting the whale, guns, dolls had no details. And felt like I was just going through a hoarder's well placed personal items. The feature photo is of a carousel he had built and by the time it had completed he had collected so many creatures to put on it that he put not a single horse on it. Sadly it is to old to ride now. But spectacular to watch.

House on the Rock
House on the Rock
House on the Rock

The house that Alex built, while a bit claustrophobic was amazing. The detailing, the design and the way it's built into the mountain, allowing for trees to be part of the structure is pretty awesome. Personally I find it a bit sad that he used stained glass and blocked out the natural light, but every person has different likes and dislikes when it comes to their houses, and I just happen to love natural light.

The big attraction was the infinity room. Before we even got near it, we had been shown dozens of pictures and a video of it's preconception and construction. So the three of us were excited to see it. Overall, we found that room to be a bit of a disappointment. You couldn't go out as far as you originally thought and it just seemed like there should have been more too it. The view however, was spectacular! Fall colors was the perfect time to go out there! Any other time of year it would have been barren or just a sea of green. But with the windows being dirty, I wasn't able to get a clear shot of the view. I just wish I could have captured it for you to see!

House on the Rock
House on the Rock
House on the Rock

One of the most interesting things in the tour was the Music Machines. Which I took video of. Talking about them doesn't do them justice. Even the video makes it hard to see, because the lightening is just awful. But these are all mechanically running, using air. Most are getting pretty old and in need up updates and repairs. But they are interesting to see. I hope you enjoying them.

Lastly the gardens were so beautiful! It seriously makes me want an actually garden so much more than I already did.

House on the Rock

Have you ever been?? Would you ever go?