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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Chummi Bear in Madison, WI

Chummi continued his vacation into Wisconsin.  He toured the Frank Lloyd Wright house, Taliesin.  The mosquitoes were ferocious, but he got one picture with Hansa (Taliesin in background). 

After the Taliesin tour we drove five miles up to the "House on the Rock".  OMG, this is the craziest place Chummi and I have ever been!  It is not possible to describe this place.  The HotR creater, Alex Jordan,  had a stick up his ass about FLW. 
Quote from Wikipedia
Both of Jordan's biographers relate a story told by Sid Boyum, which places the inspiration for the house in a meeting between Alex Jordan Sr. and Frank Lloyd Wright, at some unspecified time apparently between 1914 and 1923. Jordan Sr. drove with Boyum to Taliesin to show Wright the plans for a building, the Villa Maria in Madison,[5][ which Jordan had designed. Jordan worshipped the famous architect and hoped for his approval. Wright looked at the plans and told Jordan: "I wouldn't hire you to design a cheese crate or a chicken coop. You're not capable." Fuming, on the drive back on Highway 23, Jordan pointed to a spire of rock and told Boyum: "I'm going to put up a Japanese house on one of those pinnacle rocks and advertise it." Balousek says Wright "apparently didn't forget the incident", noting that Wright "complained publicly to Iowa County officials about the house the Jordans were building" and bought a nearby piece of property.

 These enormous urns lined the driveway up to the house, the madness began at the gate.  It says a lot about americans that 28,000 people a year tour Taliesin.  300,000 people a year tour House on the Rock, we love to be entertained.  

Chummi then had a tour of the capitol building in Madison, WI.  The Wisconsin capitol building is absolutely spectacular and it IS taller than the nation's capitol building.  The builder accomplished that with a technicality, they measured the inside dimensions.  

Chummi is getting ready to head onto his next gig.

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