Spotlight: The Round Barn Lodge

Posted August 18, 2021

Round Barn

The Round Barn is a Spring Green landmark, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright associate James Pfefferkorn. Learn more about this (recently Green certified) business in this week's Spotlight!

The Round Barn Lodge

E4830 US-14, Spring Green, WI 53588 

What's the story of The Round Barn?
In 1952, the Round Barn was renovated into a full-service restaurant and bar. In 1974, a 27-room lodge was added, designed by James Pfefferkorn, a former Frank Lloyd Wright associate. The two-story lodge wraps around a beautiful wood-domed indoor pool. In 1988, 14 rooms were added to the main lodge, bringing the total number of units to 44. The cupola on the restaurant was once the top of a silo that ran from the ground level to the top of the structure. Through several windows in the ceiling of the restaurant and bar, patrons can look up 50 feet and see the original roof rafters that help make The Round Barn a historic and exciting structure. Onetime local resident, Frank Lloyd Wright, said about The Round Barn, "They don't build them like that anymore". Starting in 2017, the Lodge has made many changes to Go Green. This includes solar power, tankless water heaters, LED lighting, and spray foam insulation throughout the property.

Tell us how your business fits into the Spring Green community!
We are a family-owned and operated business, and our customers are our #1 priority. We take as much pride in our staff as we do in our Lodge. We push ourselves and commit to growing our business with quality services at a great value. We do this by building positive, lasting relationships with our customers, community, and employees. We strive to be a respected member of our local communities and proudly give back to the place we call home. We believe that success requires maintaining the highest standards of behavior towards everyone we work with, the communities we touch, and the environment on which we have an impact.

What's unique about the Round Barn?
Many attributes make the Round Barn Lodge unique. Here are just a few; Location. Our Lodge is located close to area attractions such as American Players Theatre, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, downtown shops and The House on the Rock. We are lucky enough to host artists, musicians and craftspeople while they visit the River Valley area. Round Structure. Being the only round-barn in Spring Green we are defiantly unique to the area and state-wide. Wisconsin has approximately 200 round or "round-type" barns. Folk wisdom attaches superstition to the shape, claiming that the barns were built round so the devil could not find a corner to hide in. We have gone Green! Our business and the footprint that we leave behind is extremely important to us. We are the only solar-powered motel in Spring Green. We have made many changes to the lodge to help minimize our impact on the environment. This includes upgrades such as being solar-powered, reinsulating the entire lodge with spray foam, upgraded to all tankless water heaters, installing LED lighting and upgrading our laundry department to efficient equipment.