Cedar Rock: Lowell and Agnes Walter Estate

(c) Mark Hertzberg 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright designed a lovely home for the Walters on a riverside site in Quasqueton, Iowa in 1945. It is known as Cedar Rock, and is administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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Construction began in 1948, and was completed by 1950. I had the pleasure of giving a talk about Wright’s Fred B. Jones estate (“Penwern”) for the Friends of Cedar Rock several weeks ago. The tie-in? Wright designed boathouses for both Cedar Rock and Penwern. I had hoped to photograph the boathouse from the  Wapsipinicon River but the weather was prohibitive. I leave you with photos of some interior details that intrigued me. A panoramic photo gives you an idea of the central gathering space:

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The first intriguing thing for me was the reflection in the mirror in the entry way:

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I was also struck by the inward-facing mitered windows in the clerestory:

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The house is closed for the season. I urge you to visit when it reopens in May. For information:


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