Jacob Baker

(b. c. 1867, d. c. 1950-1953)

Jacob Baker created a cross-gabled house and possibly other sculptures in Elizabeth, IL in the 1920s and 1930s. He appears to have been influenced by the nearby Dickeyville Grotto, as he embellished the piece with knick-knacks, collectibles, radio tubes, and the like. It is an extraordinary piece that captures the imagination of all who see it. The house spent nearly 15 years in the garden of preservationist Lisa Stone and her husband Don Howlett, who generously gifted it to Kohler Foundation for conservation treatment. Now fully conserved, it resides at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.