HISTORY

Landmark:

Where History meets the

sustainable Future!

Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentice - architect J.C. Caraway designed the Inn in

1948, the construction project was completed in 1952 known as

“The Rest Haven Motel.”

 

That was a historical moment; it was the only lodging establishment on the 120-mile stretch of Highway 14 between La Crosse and Madison, Wisconsin.

 

After ownership changed hands and a renovation occurred in 1992, under the supervision of another of Wright’s students, James Pfefferkorn, the name was changed to The Usonian Inn, underscoring the building’s heritage as one of the Usonian Style. 

Nestled in a park-like setting just blocks away from the downtown shops and restaurants, the Usonian (yoo-so-neee-an) Inn, is Spring Green's first Taliesin inspired motel, built in an era when the wide highway could take you anywhere!

retro colors midcentury
retro post card
The inn and corn field
Usonian Inn before landscape
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright - the Master
the crew
Constructions crew 1948
old street sign
Our Lovely Architect
J C Caraway - the architect
05.15.1952
FLW State Trail
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We are committed to

achieving environmental,

social and economic sustainability

at all times by embracing

the Green concept at

a great speed.

Alternative savings are abundant; so, we adhere to start our contribution of

saving the earth -early,

one day at the time.

The DESIGNER MAKEOVER

 that took place during

our ownership, helped us

to implement the most

and the greatest

sustainable concepts

that are suitable for

our establishment.

The Rest Haven Motel catered to the greatly increased automobile traffic and automobile-related tourism that was transforming the American lifestyle following the end of World War II. The original owners were Mr. and Mrs. John Michels and their architect was Jesse C. Caraway. Caraway was one of the earliest members of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Fellowship, which was located some three miles south of Spring Green across the Wisconsin River at Taliesin, Wright's Wisconsin home. Caraway's motel design adapted a number of features that are closely associated with Wright's Usonian residential designs; these were developed during the years that Caraway was at Taliesin.

E5116 US Highway 14, Spring Green, WI 53588   

Toll Free: 1-877-213-8569  |  Phone: 1-608-588-2323

Fax: 1-608-588-7614 |  Web page: www.usonianinn.com

Email: reservations@usonianinn.com

Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 10 PM

Check in: 3 PM - Check out: 11 AM

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