Made in Wisconsin: House on the Rock

Made in Wisconsin: House on the Rock

August 23 - 8:00AM - 3:30PM
The House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI
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Forty years ago, Alex Jordan … began to build a house on a high jut of rock in a field he did not own, and even he could not have told you why. And people came to see him build it — the curious, and the puzzled, and those who were neither and who could not honestly have told you why they came. So he did what any sensible American male of his generation would do: he began to charge them money. – Neil Gaiman,  American Gods

The House on the Rock is a weird, wonderful, uniquely Wisconsin landmark that has inspired the imagination of authors and artists since eccentric, self-taught architect Alex Jordan Jr. built it in 1945. With its odd collection of walls and roofs connected at all angles, it stands as a testament to a limitless imagination — and that’s not to mention the eclectic hoard of treasures within, including the world’s largest indoor carousel.

Every year, the house and its curiosities attract thousands of visitors. Join us for an exclusive guided tour of the House on the Rock in the company of Rolf Killingstad ’53, MS’71, a UW–Madison emeritus assistant professor of engineering. The once-in-a-lifetime experience will include lunch with Susan Donaldson ’83, the attraction’s current owner who has been involved with the House on the Rock since 1989.

Bus Pick Up/Drop Off Location:
Middleton Park and Ride
4340 Parmenter St.
Middleton, WI 53562


WAA member (includes bus transportation) $55 per person
Nonmember (includes bus transportation) $65 per person
For those providing their own transportation $55 per person


8 a.m. Bus check-in at Middleton Park and Ride
9:15 a.m. Arrive at House on the Rock
9:30 a.m. Welcome and Tour Begins

  • Gate House
  • House on the Rock
  • Infinity Room
  • Streets of Yesterday
  • The Heritage of the Sea Room
  • Music Machines
  • World’s Largest Carousel
12 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Q & A with Rolf Killingstad and Susan Donaldson
1:30 p.m. Program Concludes
1:30–2 p.m. Exit and Shopping
2:15 p.m. Bus Departs
3:15 p.m. Arrival in Middleton

If you have mobility-related questions or concerns, please contact Stephanie Wallace ’05 at or 608-308-5528.

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