Located in Spring Green,
Wisconsin, the House on the Rock began
as a personal retreat for owner Alex
Jordan in 1940s. The original house
was a mere 14 rooms of living space.
However, Alex was a compulsive collector
with a great deal of imagination. Over
the years the House on the Rock expanded
exponentially to become the ultimate
collection of collections.
Several of the House
on the Rock's features are particularly
The Infinity Room is
approximately 300 feet long and constructed
progressively smaller over its length.
At one end the Infinity Room is 30 feet
wide. At the other end the Infinity
Room is one inch wide. The resulting
effect as seen from the large end is
looking into infinity. Most people would
consider this enough for one room. Not
Alex. In addition, 218 feet of the infinity
room is cantilevered over the adjacent
valley with no vertical support over
the entire distance. Still not resting,
Alex added 3,264 windows allowing visitors
to look in every direction.
The House on the Rock
houses the world's largest carousel.
This is not particularly remarkable.
What is remarkable is that the carousel
is completely indoors in the "cherub"
room. The ceiling of the cherub room
is covered with mannequins suspended
from the ceiling. Not resting with just
suspended mannequins, Alex attires the
mannequins with full sized angel wings
and togas. The togas are strategically
placed to cover only half of each mannequin.
A ceiling covered with dozens of suspended
half-naked toga-clad angel mannequins.
The House on the Rock
also houses an incredible collection
of animated mechanical music machines.
These music machines run off compressed
air. All of the machines are operational
and can be played by visitors with purchased
tokens. Generally the music machines
play acoustic instruments, such as violins,
clarinets, trumpets, etc. In some cases
mannequins operate the instruments.
Many of these mechanical music machines
consist of dozens of instruments. Several
of the machines are so large that one
machine requires its own room. The ultimate,
however, is the entire symphony
orchestra mechanical music machine.
The concept alone in incredible.
Any one of the above
major features would make the House
on the Rock a must visit. The House
of the Rock has all three. And not wanting
to rest, in addition to these blockbuster
attractions, room after room is filled
with collection after collection. Dolls.
Doll houses. Suits of Armor. Paperweights.
This list goes on.
House on the Rock web site.
The House on the Rock has won the coveted
flamingo award for attractions of
exceptional concept and scope. Several
A partial list of House of the Rock
- Animated, Automated Music Machines
- Antique Guns
- Bell Gallery
- Bronze Statuary
- Burma Shave Signs.
- Cannon Of Colossal Proportions
- Carved Ivories.
- Display Gardens
- Dollhouses (over 250)
- Fantasy Doll Merry-Go-Rounds with
Hundreds Of Bisque Dolls (Three-Level
- Gate House
- Hand-Carved Cork
- Infinity Room with 3,264 Windows
- Massive Fireplaces
- Mechanical Banks
- Miniature Scale-Model Circuses
- Model Airplane Replicas
- Model Control Tower
- Museum-Sized Model Ships (over
- Nostalgic Small town USA.
- Oriental Art
- Replicas Of The Tower Of London's
- Rube Goldberg Contraption
- Sea Creature With Octopus And Whaling
Expedition (200 foot)
- Stained Glass Lamps
- Streets Of Yesterday (Entire Street
Of Shops And Homes)
- Suits Of Armor
- Three Large Theatre Organ Consoles
- Three-Story Bookcase Filled With
- Tile Car
- Titanic Display
- Weapons Exhibit
- World's Largest Carousel
- World's Only Mechanically Operated