Friday, August 23, 2013

August 23 – Baraboo Wisconsin

Baraboo, Wisconsin was the winter home of Barnum and Baileys Circus.  The town is the home of the Circus World Museum that preserves a collection of circus memorabilia and circus wagons.  The Ringlings were responsible for many of the cultural attractions in such a small town for example the grand Victorian Theater that is still in use. 

In nearby Spring Green there are two architectural destinations – Taliesin, the home of Frank Lloyd Wright and the House on the Rock home of Alex Jordan Jr.  The House on the Rock sits atop Deer Shelter Rock and features exposed stone, low ceilings and dark woodwork.  Rambling best describes the design.

The Infinity room juts out 218 feet from the house.  It has 3,000 windows and no structural support from below.

Additional buildings have been added that house collections of everything!  There are dolls and dollhouses, the world’s largest indoor carousel, model airplanes and reproductions of the crown jewels.  It is quite overwhelming!

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