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Walter House (Cedar Rock)

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Cedar Rock
1945–1950, Frank Lloyd Wright. 1945–1948, guesthouse/boathouse. North on route W35, 1.2 miles from its junction with Iowa 282, on the north edge of Quasqueton.
  • Walter House (Cedar Rock) (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

Situated close to the small community of Quasqueton is Cedar Rock, the Lowell Walter house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The complex consists of the house itself (1945–1950) and the guesthouse/boathouse (1945–1948) located on the east shore of the Wapsipinicon River. As with a number of Wright's post-World War II houses, the scheme of the Walter house is based on his late 1930s Usonian house: there is a central module—containing the living, dining, and kitchen corner—and then a long corridored wing containing, as in a railroad car, a line of bedrooms. Entrance to the house is off the carport and auto court, via a long sheltered walkway parallel to the bedroom gallery. The central module of the Walter house is the square garden room with walls of glass that provide a view of the river below. The other walls of the house are of red brick; the roof, a thin slab of concrete, was planned to be covered in black earth and peat moss. Almost all of the furniture was designed by Wright. The house is now owned by the Iowa Conservation Commission and is open to the public.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Walter House (Cedar Rock)", [Independence, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 429-429.

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