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State park celebrating architect Frank Lloyd Wright

May 10, 2017

This year, Cedar Rock State Park and other public Frank Lloyd Wright sites around the world will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the famed architect’s birth.

Born June 8, 1867, Wright literally shaped the face of the modern world as an architect, and 150 years later his work is still influential.

“The people of Iowa have a rare gem in Cedar Rock,” says Kathryn Hund, park manager for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at Cedar Rock. “The property is like a time capsule, a beautifully preserved example of Wright’s architectural and interior design.”

Originally the retirement estate of Iowa businessman Lowell Walter and his wife, Agnes, Cedar Rock was donated to the state of Iowa in 1981. The Wright-designed residence lies on a limestone bluff overlooking the Wapsipinicon River near Quasqueton in Buchanan County.

The Walter house was finished in 1950 and is one of Wright’s most complete designs. Nearly everything at Cedar Rock bears the architect’s imprint, including its interior furnishings. Besides the home, Wright-designed facilities at the park include the one-of-a-kind River Pavilion, council fire and a formal entrance gate.

Cedar Rock is one of nine Wright-designed residences in Iowa, but is the only one chosen by Wright to bear his coveted signature tile.

In April, the park was visited by CNN “Travel.” A crew spent time filming the historic estate as part of an upcoming segment commemorating Wright and the 150th anniversary.

This week, Iowa Tourism Office representatives were there to recognize Cedar Rock State Park for its contribution to the state’s $8.06 billion tourism industry.

Cedar Rock State Park, located near Independence, is expected to open for the season May 26. For tour times or to make a tour reservation, call 319-934-3572.

Special 2017 events in the park include:

• Celebration of the Wright River Pavilion Restoration Project, 1-3 p.m., May 20. The pavilion is one of only five Wright-designed boathouses and the only one existing as originally designed. It was restored in 2016. Remarks will be at 1:30 p.m. The house and grounds will be open.

• Friends of Cedar Rock will celebrate 150 years of Frank Lloyd Wright at its annual Strawberry Moon Evening June 10. Guests can visit the Walter residence after hours, visit the rarely open Maid’s Quarters and the River Pavilion and relax by a fire at the Council Fire.

Friends of Cedar Rock requests a free-will donation. All proceeds help support the park.

• “An Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright,” a lecture symposium featuring speakers on Wright and his work, is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 14 .

For information about the park, visit www.friendsofcedarrock.org.This year, Cedar Rock State Park and other public Frank Lloyd Wright sites around the world will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the famed architect’s birth.

Born June 8, 1867, Wright literally shaped the face of the modern world as an architect, and 150 years later his work is still influential.

“The people of Iowa have a rare gem in Cedar Rock,” says Kathryn Hund, park manager for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at Cedar Rock. “The property is like a time capsule, a beautifully preserved example of Wright’s architectural and interior design.”

Originally the retirement estate of Iowa businessman Lowell Walter and his wife, Agnes, Cedar Rock was donated to the state of Iowa in 1981. The Wright-designed residence lies on a limestone bluff overlooking the Wapsipinicon River near Quasqueton in Buchanan County.

The Walter house was finished in 1950 and is one of Wright’s most complete designs. Nearly everything at Cedar Rock bears the architect’s imprint, including its interior furnishings. Besides the home, Wright-designed facilities at the park include the one-of-a-kind River Pavilion, council fire and a formal entrance gate.

Cedar Rock is one of nine Wright-designed residences in Iowa, but is the only one chosen by Wright to bear his coveted signature tile.

In April, the park was visited by CNN “Travel.” A crew spent time filming the historic estate as part of an upcoming segment commemorating Wright and the 150th anniversary.

This week, Iowa Tourism Office representatives were there to recognize Cedar Rock State Park for its contribution to the state’s $8.06 billion tourism industry.

Cedar Rock State Park, located near Independence, is expected to open for the season May 26. For tour times or to make a tour reservation, call 319-934-3572.

Special 2017 events in the park include:

• Celebration of the Wright River Pavilion Restoration Project, 1-3 p.m., May 20. The pavilion is one of only five Wright-designed boathouses and the only one existing as originally designed. It was restored in 2016. Remarks will be at 1:30 p.m. The house and grounds will be open.

• Friends of Cedar Rock will celebrate 150 years of Frank Lloyd Wright at its annual Strawberry Moon Evening June 10. Guests can visit the Walter residence after hours, visit the rarely open Maid’s Quarters and the River Pavilion and relax by a fire at the Council Fire.

Friends of Cedar Rock requests a free-will donation. All proceeds help support the park.

• “An Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright,” a lecture symposium featuring speakers on Wright and his work, is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 14 .

For information about the park, visit www.friendsofcedarrock.org.

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