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The House of Seven Gables, dating from 1860, has been recognized as an outstanding example of Gothic Revival or Carpenter Gothic architecture. It was likely inspired by the pattern books authored by Victorian architectural tastemaker, Andrew Jackson Downing. It is a true "Gingerbread House" with board and batten siding, steeply pitched gables with ornamental bargeboards and drop pendants as… Read More
This historic house was built in 1868 by Cyrus and Kitty Hart; it is believed to be one of the first brick homes in the county with the bricks being shipped to Oconto from DePere. The building passed through several owners before becoming the home of George and Fanny Beyer in 1881. Though the original structure was an Italianate-style,… Read More
In 1888, the Seipp family completed the 20-room Queen Anne-style mansion on the site, which included 13 bedrooms. Unfortunately, Seipp was able to enjoy the house and gardens for only two seasons before his death in 1890. His family and four generations of descendants, however, never abandoned Conrad's dream. The original furnishings remained in the house while each generation… Read More
When Charles and Sarah Allis decided to build a home that would eventually become a public museum, they turned to Alexander Eschweiler, a prominent local architect, to design it. The resulting mansion is strongly influenced by the English Tudor style. Construction began in 1909 and was completed in 1911. Read More
The finest example of Victorian Italianate architecture in the Midwest. The Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A lavish red brick house with carved bric-a-brac, a graceful veranda with extending portcochere, and iron cresting surmounting the roof and cupola. Completely restored and filled with period correct furnishings. Read More
Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters is a nationally-registered historic site and museum located in Portage, Wisconsin, and owned and operated by the Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The site features two historic buildings: the Surgeons Quarters, where the U.S. Army Surgeons of Fort Winnebago resided from 1834 to 1854, and the Garrison School, a one-room schoolhouse that served… Read More
Upon its completion in 1868, Orchard Lawn began as an impressive eleven acre working estate situated on a hill overlooking the industrious city of Mineral Point, founded 40 years before. Built by Cornish immigrants Joseph and Sarah Gundry, it boasted gardens, an orchard, tennis lawn, outbuildings (including a barn, carriage house, woodshed/icehouse and a hothouse used to nurture seedlings… Read More
Hazelwood was originally the home of the Morgan and Elizabeth Martin family who were a political and cultural force in the Green Bay and Wisconsin for almost one hundred years. It is filled with many original furnishings, family photographs, paintings and artifacts. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1964. Read More
Hearthstone Historic House was the first private residence anywhere in the world to be illuminated using hydroelectricity from a central Edison system. The switch was thrown on September 30, 1882 only two weeks after the first-ever Edison central station, which was powered by steam, was operational in New York City. Read More
Historic Hixon House was built in 1858 by pioneer Gideon Hixon, who went on to become a wealthy lumber baron in La Crosse. He and his wife Ellen raised their five sons in this home and expanded it to the size it is today. The family had for many years retained the home in close to the same state… Read More
In 1832, a house was constructed at a dynamic crossroads of geography, culture, and history. It was a time of pivotal change, uncertainty, and critical decisions as decades of accumulating tensions came to a head, the consequences of which have reverberated through nearly two centuries. The house erected at the ancient travel corridor of the Fox-Wisconsin portage was the… Read More
The Hutchinson House, built in 1854 in Waupaca, is a well-preserved example of New-England-style architecture. The one-and-half story farmhouse was originally built on the corner of West Fulton and Franklin Streets by Chester and Susannah Hutchinson. The home was moved to South Park in 1956. The Hutchinson House is filled with vintage furniture and artifacts from the Victorian era.… Read More
Several galleries of the Oshkosh Public Museum are located in an English Tudor Revival residence built in 1908 for Edgar P. Sawyer, a lumber baron, banker, and businessman. William Waters, a prominent local architect, designed the home. With its gabled roof, fluted chimneys, Bedford stone carriage port, and elevator, the home was considered to be the finest in Oshkosh. Read More
When Captain Frederick and Maria Pabst began construction of their new family mansion in June 1890, they could not have anticipated that it would survive and thrive into the twenty-first century as a testament to America's Gilded Age. Designed by George Bowman Ferry and Alfred Charles Clas, construction lasted for two years and was completed in July of 1892… Read More
The museum preserves the property's historic architecture, with the mansion as the centerpiece, and many of the house's interiors as they were created by founders Nathan and Jessie Kimberly Paine. Selections from the museum's art collection, much of which was acquired by Nathan and Jessie, are featured in the many rooms and settings of the estate. Read More
Unique among historic sites, Ten Chimneys offers guests a virtually barrier-free tour of an estate replete with original furnishings and overflowing with the romance of the Golden Age of Theatre. Tour guests are placed in small groups and are led through the estate by highly-trained docents who share stories that interpret not only the objects and decor of the… Read More
The Octagon House Museum, located in historic Watertown, Wisconsin was built by pioneer settler John Richards and completed in 1854. The unique 8-sided design for this grand residence was inspired by New York architect Orson Fowler, who promoted the healthy living aspects of octagonal dwellings in the 1850s. Read More
The Van Orden Mansion has served as the home of the Sauk County Historical Museum since 1939. Finished in 1904, the mansion contains over one hundred years of artifacts donated to the society. Original features include woodwork, wall coverings, light fixtures, carpets and some of the family's furniture. Read More
Villa Louis is a 25 acre site with three major historic components. The largest concentration of historic structures is the Villa Louis mansion complex. Consisting of five buildings constructed on an elevated mound, this is what remains of the Dousman family's sprawling 19th century estate. Along the waterfront south of the mansion complex are three historic structures built between… Read More
Nestled on a quiet street in the city of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, the Webster House Museum is a well maintained white clapboard house, containing Civil War and Victorian period items. The composer Joseph Philbrick Webster once owned the home. Both the structure and its famous owner played an important part of the history of Elkhorn. Read More
Home of the Wilson, Stout and LaPointe families, three generations of Menomonie founding families, the Wilson Place Mansion has a history as rich and colorful as that of Menomonie and Dunn County. Built-in 1859 by Captain William Wilson, it was originally a large colonial-style house with a pillared porch. Captain Wilson, was a principal in the Knapp, Stout &… Read More