Seth Peterson Cottage
Mirror Lake, Wisconsin
Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy, Eifler & Associates Architects
Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. prepared a landscape plan for this Frank Lloyd Wright structure, which was restored by the Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy in 1993. The landscape architect was invited to work on the project by the restoration architect, Eifler & Associates; services were offered pro bono for this not – for – profit group. The plan was based on contemporary photographs of the cottage, which recorded an undistinguished landscape not attributable to Frank Lloyd Wright, and principles derived from Wright’s writings, the midwestern, or “prairie,” school of landscape design, and the site’s character. The goal was to prepare a landscape design sympathetic with the design of the house and the site, which is an opening in the woods at the top of the bluff over Mirror Lake. The landscape design features a large open area in front of the house’s principal, glass facade, for views both to and from the cottage. The edges of this “sun opening” are planted with native wildflowers at the edge of the surrounding trees. A smaller, more private opening, opens up from the back of the house. The house is approached on a flagstone walk through a small grove of trees, planted with an understory of woodland shrubs and perennials.