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September 28, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Seth Peterson Cottage, Part II

Seth Peterson Cottage Exterior

Seth Peterson Cottage Exterior

Another set of photos from the cottage that was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last commissions.  Located on a cliff overlooking Mirror Lake in central Wisconsin, the building fell into near ruin. A private conservancy group negotiated with the state of Wisconsin to rehab the site.

Frank Lloyd Wright Tile

Frank Lloyd Wright Tile

Wright affixed his signature red tile to his designs when completed. The Seth Peterson Cottage was built after Wright’s death and supervised by one of his associates. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation agreed to the use of this plaque with an orange tile, not the red tile used by the architect himself.

Main Room and Central Fireplace

Main Room and Central Fireplace

The inside is typical FLW. It is available for nightly rental, though there are no reservations available until December of 2009. I think it would be a pretty fine place to reserve for a night. Think of the photographs you could set up.


  1. Anna Surface / Sep 28 2008 9:56 am

    Really love the exterior stone masonry and interior stone floor. I wonder, though, if those chairs before that gorgeous fireplace are comfortable? I definitely could stay in this cottage, and I would take many photographs, indeed. 🙂

  2. Marcie / Sep 28 2008 9:58 am

    As soon as the first image came up..I suspected it was a Wright cottage. I so enjoy these little house ‘tours’.

  3. rosemary / Sep 28 2008 1:15 pm

    Interesting house , great pictures , loved the close up of the cranberries.

  4. Robin / Sep 28 2008 2:22 pm

    His look is so distinctive, isn’t it? Reminds me a lot of Falling Water (where you aren’t allowed to take photos indoors).

    I like the perspective on the main room and fireplace.

  5. Aiyana / Sep 28 2008 3:03 pm

    The Wright cottage is lovely. Wright designed the Biltmore Hotel here in Phoenix, and you can see his style throughout.

  6. Amelia / Sep 28 2008 6:40 pm

    I would love to spend a few nights there. Bet it is pretty with the fall color.

  7. ybonesy / Sep 29 2008 10:04 pm

    What a special cottage. Look how spacious it seems inside even though you can tell from the outside that it is quite small. I’d love to stay there a night, too.

  8. Gandalf / Sep 30 2008 1:45 pm

    I’m getting my rservations in for 2010. Sounds like an awesome place to spend a night or two and quaff a brew. It would need to be a special brew.

  9. Erik / Mar 9 2009 12:57 pm

    I would of course love to stay here as well. I work at the Westcott House, which is a Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ohio. Like the cottage a lot of restoration went into this house. I think those chairs look pretty comfortable. Especially compared to some other FLW chairs.

    • Bo / Mar 9 2009 3:27 pm

      Erik, I love to visit FLW’s architectural wonders. I checked out the Westcott House link and it’s now on my list for when I travel to the East.

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