The House on the Rock
it started with a Rock
More Photos of the Interior of the House on the Rock
living room in the "House on the Rock"
During the 1940's, a man named Alex
Jordan discovered a 60-foot chimney of rock in the beautiful Wyoming Valley. It
was then he decided to build a house on the sandstone formation called Deer
Shelter Rock. Jordan built the house as a weekend retreat and never intended it
to be a tourist attraction. However, people kept coming to see the architectural
wonder they had heard about. Jordan eventually started asking for 50 cent
donations. That was only the beginning. The 14-room house is the original
structure of what is now a complex of many buildings, exhibits and garden
fowl on the grounds
Alex was a collector all his life and enjoyed visiting museums; however, he did not want The House on the Rock to be a museum. He intended it to be much more than that. Though parts of the collections could have easily found their way into museums, The House on the Rock is more of a trip through the wild and fantastic imagination of Alex Jordan than a visit to a dusty, lifeless museum.
one of the mechanical instruments on display
In December of 1988, Alex sold The House on the Rock to longtime associate Art Donaldson, a collector and a businessman who shared his broad interests. Alex remained at The House on the Rock as Artistic Director until his death on November 6, 1989. Art Donaldson continues to own The House on the Rock and builds on Alex's dream of expanding and entertaining visitors from all over the world. Alex continues to be in his own words, "Present but not voting".
Text from their web site http://www.thehouseontherock.com
the grandest of the mechanical instruments
More Photos of the "Mikado"
Alex Johnson was once a acquaintance of Wright's, and not a very successful one. After a conversation Frank Lloyd Wright dismissed him saying, "I wouldn't hire you to design a cheese crate or a chicken coop.", Johnson built House On The Rock as a parody of Wright's house at Taliesin.
Alex Johnson's Carousel
More Photos of the Carousel
pedestrian bridge over the highway
overlook where one can see the House on the Rock
the infinity roomom
projecting over the Wyoming Valley
218 feet long, with 3,264 windows
rock on the right
maybe another house?
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