Let's talk about the making of this establishment; originally known as Rest Haven Motel, DBA (doing business as) The Usonian Inn LLC, we are here to preserve all of its original elements and features the entire character. Here is a Brief History!
Come celebrate with us our 65th anniversary in business!
The talk and planning all that started in 1948. J. Carry Caraway, formerly apprentice of Taliesin and living in Clyde at the time, was the architect for the building. Definitely back then, it took longer to have a property design and build then in the 21st century. Kraemer Bros. of Plain was designated to take on the project of building.
The motel known as "Rest Haven Motel" will be completed in 1952 and in operation by May the 15th. The motel was the first highway lodging property placed between Madison and La Crosse, on a big stretch of 126 miles on Highway 14.
Here is what the media was saying:
"Spring Green's Newest business enterprise, a modern, 10-unit motel near the intersection of Highways 14 and 23 a half mile northeast of the village, has been completed and was opened last week by the owners, Mr. and Mrs John Michels" "A tow-story home for the Michels family forms the center of the structure, and long, low wings on either side house the motel units." Home News Spring Green WI May 15,1952 Once, more recent, an architect told us that the architecture of the structure looks worm and makes it very welcoming, like two open arms ready to hug you! "The long, flat roof of the motel can be used by the Michels family as a terrace for outdoor living. Each spacious room of the motel has its own bathroom, indirect lighting, radiant heating, and furnishing of modern design. Within a week after it had opened for business, the motel owners had accommodated visitors from six states, and one of their overnight guests was Bob McGrath who plays with the Brooklyn Dodgers." Home News Spring Green, WI May 15,1952
Now, listed on the State and National Historic Register, this makes our establishment even more attractive.
The transformation is obvious; when you come stay with us, I am convinced you will like it! After all these years, it's still looking wonderful.
Historic, YET updated and preserved with love!