Chronicles the rehabilitation, history and architectural significance of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's final commissions.
The Jewel in the Woods chronicles the history and architectural importance of this pinnacle structure, Seth Peterson's desire to own his own Frank Lloyd Wright home, and the endless dedication of the Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy to save this beautiful, and once forgotten, building.
Peterson commissioned Wright to design a small home in the late 1950's on Mirror Lake, Wisconsin. The design was for an 880 square foot cottage but experts speculate that it contains more pure Wright design per square footage than any other Wright building. The design, true to Wright's mission, borrows from the natural landscape, and brings that surrounding into the structure with tall, frameless corner windows and local sandstone, and overlooks serene Mirror Lake.
Sadly, the Cottage was not completed before both Peterson and Wright passed away. The Seth Peterson Cottage was briefly occupied after completion by one family, but was then left to ruin for nearly three decades. Sitting on remote land owned by the State of Wisconsin, it was known to few people.
In the late 1980's, a small but dedicated group of people decide to correct this wrong by pooling their knowledge, love of architecture and respect for the work of Wright - and resurrected the Cottage.
It now stands proudly in Mirror Lake State Park; the Cottage is one of the few Wright buildings available for overnight rental.
Filmmaker Bill Kult's interest in the Seth Peterson Cottage was driven by an article his mother, the late writer Joyce Kult, wrote for the Wisconsin State Journal before the building's rehabilitation began.
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