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HIWAY AMERICA -Alex Jordan Jr.’s #Wacky House On The Rock, Spring Green Wisconsin

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Alex Jordan Jr.’s Wacky House On The Rock

Alex Jordan, Jr.

  • Alexander John Jordan, Jr. was best known as the creator of the House on the Rock, an eccentric architectural and entertainment attraction in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Published information on Jordan’s life is scarce. Wikipedia

  • Born: March 3, 1914, Madison, WI

  • Died: November 6, 1989, United States of America

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    A four-walled testament to the peculiarities of hoarding and mania, the “House on the Rock” is a tourist attraction located in Spring Green, Wisconsin. In a moment of explosive creativity–or dejected architectural aggression– Alex Jordan Jr. broke ground on a 60 foot chunk of rock to create a Japanese-style home. Seven years later, Jordan and his crew opened the bizarre building’s doors to paying visitors. Today, the house features 21 bizarre rooms on exhibit.

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    Giant Whale Statue

    But Jordan’s architectural gem may never have come into existence were it not for a sorry encounter with renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright.Biographers have drawn on a story told wherein Jordan, an avid fan of Wright, presented a design to Wright in a meeting, to which the famous architect responded “I wouldn’t hire you to design a cheese crate or a chicken coop. You’re not capable.” According to Jordan’s biographers, the Wright-berated designer stewed about the dismissal while driving home along Highway 23, where he spotted the chimney of rock on which he would later build. He vowed to construct something that would make Wright eat his words. While a great story, it is very unlikely to have unfolded this way, as all dates on record have Alex Jordan being nine years old at the time, and place Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan – along with other discrepancies.

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    The house also has a home in American literature, Neil Gaiman referenced it as a portal to another world in his novel “American Gods”. Some of the more fantastical-bordering-on-fictional themed rooms include: The Infinity Room, which juts out from the side of the house features 3,264 windows as walls, the Streets of Yesterday, which has a life size recreation of a nineteenth century village inside of it- complete with a brick road, barber shop, china shop, an apothecary, and other period building reproductions.

    Rock Rose Bathroom

    Read more at http://all-that-is-interesting.com/house-on-the-rock#DVTHdxVUizpHkpGC.99

    8 of googles craziest offices-very cool!

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    Elements of 1960s Retro Decorating Style

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     Elements of 1960s Retro Decorating Style

    1960s Living Room

    The Sixties were a time of enormous change, both technologically and socially. The space race was on and the American culture was focused on Sputnik, the Cold War and jet airplanes that were able to transport people faster than ever before.

    American culture was also focused on a younger generation that was busy rebelling against long-established traditions. This rebellion had a huge impact on fashion, music and home décor. Everything became more dynamic, graphic and colorful.

    London was also a major influence on design and trends, especially with their most famous export, The Beatles.

    In 1964 the first discotheque opened in L.A. and quickly caught on across the country. The high-tech metallic and mirrored look of the discos influenced home and office interior design. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the hippie culture with travel to India and Morocco introduced the “ethnic” look. The words “Peace” and “Love” were seen everywhere as both graphic symbols and as a mantra of a generation. Life in the ’60s focused on self-expression and home décor was just the place for people to make their individual statement.

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    A TOUCH OF ART – Bus Converted into Mobile Food Market to Bring Healthy Produce to Neighborhoods in Toronto

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    An ingenious, new mobile food market in Toronto is bringing fresh produce to neighborhoods where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain. Called the Mobile Good Food Market, the bus-turned-market was designed by LGA Architectural Partners (LGA) and commissioned by FoodShare Toronto in partnership with the City of Toronto and United Way Toronto. By going to geographically isolated, often underprivileged “food deserts,” the Mobile Good Food Market gives residents a chance to buy fresh fruits and vegetables without traveling long distances or paying exorbitant prices.To convert a donated Toronto Transport Commission Wheel-Trans bus into an accessible, traveling market, LGA installed a series of aluminum shelves, which fold out of the bus underneath an awning to…

    COOL PEOPLE -DIANE KEATON

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    Diane Keaton

    Diane Keaton Biography

    Film Actor/Film Actress (1946–)

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    Name Diane Keaton Occupation Film Actor/Film Actress Birth Date January 5, 1946 (age 68) Education Neighborhood Playhouse, Santa Ana College, University of Southern California Place of Birth Los Angeles, California Originally Diane Hall Zodiac Sign Capricorn
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    Early Years
    Actor &

    DIANE KEATON IN BEST SCENES FROM “ANNIE HALL”

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    Diane Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress who earned early acclaim for her work in several Woody Allen films and her dramatic work in The Godfather series.

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    “I think that people who are famous tend to be underdeveloped in their humanity skills.”

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    Diane Keaton was born January 5, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. A versatile film actress, Keaton shot to fame in the 1970s for her work in several Woody Allen films, including Annie Hall (1977), which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. In addition to her comedic work, Keaton’s career has included memorable dramatic roles in films such as the Godfather series (1972, 1974, and 1990), Reds (1981), and Marvin’s Room (1996).

    Early Years

    Born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. The oldest of four children, Keaton was raised in Santa Ana, where she graduated from the local high school in 1964. From there, Keaton, who’d shown an early fondness for acting, relocated to New York City to study at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, a full-time acting conservatory.

    While not an overnight success, Keaton’s talent earned notice. She eventually landed a spot on the original Broadway run of Hair (1968), in which she famously refused to take off her clothes, and then opposite Woody Allen in his Broadway production of Play It Again Sam, which earned Keaton a Tony Award nomination.

    The Keaton-Allen relationship would prove to be a fruitful one. As Allen made his mark as a director, Keaton was right there alongside for him for several of his best-known films: Sleeper (1973), Manhattan (1979), and most famously, Annie Hall (1977), a love story that appeared to be an autobiographical look at Keaton and Allen’s own off-screen romance. For the role, Keaton earned an Academy Award for Best Actress.

    But it wasn’t just comedic roles that captured Keaton’s interest. Working closely with director Francis Ford Coppola, Keaton played Kay Adams, the girlfriend and eventual wife of Michael Corleone in the Godfather series (1973, 1974, and 1990). In 1981, she teamed up with Warren Beatty, with whom she was dating off-screen, in Reds (1981). The film earned Keaton another Best Actress nomination.

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    After a short string of early disappointing films in the early 1980s, Keaton bounced back in a big way with Baby Boom (1987), a hit comedy that portrayed the struggles of a working, single mom.

    Around this time, Keaton also began devoting part of her energy toward directing. Her work included several television projects, including a stint directing an episode of the David Lynch hit program, Twin Peaks. In 1995, she made her directorial debut in film with Unsung Heroes.

    During the first decade of the 21st century, Keaton continued to show her range as an actress. A good portion of her work came from comedies, including Town & Country (2001), and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), an over-50 romantic comedy that saw Keaton team up with Jack Nicholson. The hit film earned Keaton another Best Actress nomination.

    As she’s grown older, Keaton, who is the mother of two adopted children, hasn’t tried, on-screen or off, to distance herself from her age.

    “My feeling was that nothing was expected of me,” Keaton said of her career in a 2003 interview. “I was a very normal, average, ordinary person, and no one expected or looked at me and went, ‘Oh, she’s got a future.’ So, I think that everything has just been a slow, steady persistence on my part and because I got opportunities, I used them as best as I could with the tools that I have such as they are.”

    Outside of acting, Keaton has demonstrated a passion for architecture and building preservation. She’s a member of America’s National Trust for Historic Preservation and has rehabbed several buildings in her home city of Los Angeles.

    Diane Keaton. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 03:32, Jun 07, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/diane-keaton-9361481.

    Hiway America – Bishop’s Castle Pueblo Colorado

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    1. BISHOP’S CASTLE – PUEBLO, COLORADO

    Bishop\'s Castle

    They say that no one man can build a house on his own, but that’s exactly what Jim Bishop did when he built his castle. The 130-foot tower has taken over 30 years to build and it still isn’t finished, but it’s considered the largest single-man construction project in the country!

    Keep your eyes peeled, no matter where you go. Strange, odd, and just plain wacky landmarks are littered across the entire country. You might be surprised at what you find!