Jens Jensen and Garfield Park Conservatory | BLUEPRINT: Chicago

Garfield Park Conservatory | BLUEPRINT: Chicago

The Clearing in Ellison Bay, WI was Jen’s Jensen’s final project.

We live across from The Clearing, we sell our pottery through its gift shop.  John’s dad Thomas M. Dietrich, a well-known Wisconsin painter, helped Jens develop curriculum, build buildings and furniture and perform maintenance and teach painting.  John met Jens, who was a formally dressed (suit and tie everyday even while working in the woods) kindly gentleman.

I didn’t know about his life prior to coming to Northern Door County and setting the residents of this little town all atwitter.  This gave me an idea of just how far-reaching Mr. Jensen’s influence was.

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