"On the Banks of the Wapsipinicon" Quasqueton by yooperprof

Quasqueton Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 5 photos

One of Frank Lloyd Wright's Midwestern Gems

Here's a little architectural masterpiece that's a little off the beaten path. The name of the house is Cedar Rock, and it's located just outside the Iowa Village of Quasqueton. It's about 35 miles north of Cedar Rapids, about 70 miles west of Dubuque. Wright built this house for a local insurance executive, and it's obvious that he deeply enjoyed working on the commission. Cedar Rock is located on a small hill overlooking a bend in the bucolic Wapsipinicon River. The layout of the site allowed Wright to recreate here a house which incorporates many of the principles of Taliesin in Spring Green Wisconsin. (For comparison, look at the pictures on my Spring Green page.) The house is now maintained by the State of Iowa in conjunction with the Wright Estate; they've done a superlative job of maintaining the integrity of Wright's design. Bravo, Iowa.

At Cedar Rock, as at other Wright properties, visitors first enter a well-designed and thorough interpretative center that is about a quarter of a mile from the house itself. After a short film about the site, the client, and Wright's initial design, a well-trained docent leads groups to the house itself, which is not visible from the road, and which is reached after walking through some dense woods.

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  • In a nutshell:A must-see for Frank Lloyd Wright fans in the Midwest
  • Last visit to Quasqueton: Aug 2000
  • Intro Written Feb 16, 2003
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