5 Of the Most Luxurious Buildings in Wisconsin
Wisconsin is one of the lesser-known, yet most beautiful states in America. Its forests, lakes, and rolling green hills offer a sweeping expanse unlike any other. But Wisconsin has more than natural beauty to offer — it is also home to some pretty incredible buildings that are worth noting. From the art deco picture-perfect theatre at Chateau de Lac to the grandiose Wrigley properties, you are up for a virtual vacation treat here.
We have rounded up 5 of the most luxurious buildings in Wisconsin that deserve special attention for their artistry and impeccable design.
Originally named ‘The Oaks’ to honor the oak trees that surrounded the mansion, Maxwell Mansion got its current name from its owner, Dr. Philip Maxwell, a Chicago Surgeon and real estate prospector. He conceived and constructed Maxwell Mansion as his grand summer house. Today, Maxwell is considered a prominent landmark of Geneva. It features tall windows, ornamental wood moldings, a grand staircase, and marble fireplaces.
Over the years, Maxwell Mansion has served as a summer residence for Chicago’s various social and political luminaries. At this historic and luxurious building, you can rent five splendid palatial rooms for a night or week. However, you won’t find any food service here. Instead, the palatial residence is meant to bask in luxury if you like it. In fact, from here Wisconsin casinos are also not too far off!
Since 2020 Luke and Monica Pfeifer, both Wisconsin natives, own the mansion.
Spanning over 35,000 square feet overlooking Lake Michigan, you won’t find such mesmerizing views anywhere else. It is located on the Porcupine Bay Road in Ellison Bay and was built in 1996. Owned by businessman Frank Spitzer, the property is one of the most extravagant in Wisconsin. It has a 7-room 5,000 sq. ft. master suite, an indoor pool and spa, a beach house, a guesthouse, a studio, and a 1,000 square feet walk-in closet for women.
And that is not all. The other amazing features of the chateau include a plush red art deco theatre, two-story library, a grand parlor, garden room with a full kitchen and bar, besides more. The palatial house was last on the market in 2016 at a whopping price of $25 million and waits for someone to fall for its glory.
The original mansion is a combination of 6 properties, dating back to 1880. At the time, it served as a hunting lodge for Henry Lord Gay, an architect. In 1927, chewing gum magnate Philip K. Wrigley bought the estate to turn it into a summerhouse. It was named Hillcroft and was only one of the six properties. Other notable properties include Northwoodside, Green Gables, Boathouses, and Wychwood.
The former building was brought down to create the new and existing 11,000-square-foot home in the year 1984. It still adorns some of the original architectural realms. The majestic features of the building comprise a five-bedroom and seven-and-a-half bathroom structure with a four-season sunroom, a vaulted living room, and a lower-level recreation room.
Howard Van Doren Shaw, the famous architect, constructed Edgewood Estate for Edward F. Swift, son of Gustavus Swift, owner of Chicago’s first meatpacking company. It was originally named Villa Hortensia after Lady Hortense, Edward’s wife. But Silas J. Llewellyn bought the estate in 1922 and changed the name to Pen-Y-Bryn to honor his native Wales.
Edgewood is undoubtedly one of the most alluring Lakefront houses on the shores of Lake Geneva. The landscape and the lawns are one of the best features of this palatial residence. It is now owned by one of the leading businessmen of Chicago.
Knollwood Mansion is a gorgeous property on the lakefront, a French country-style mansion brought into shape by Milwaukee architect Thomas S. Van Alyea. It was constructed for Margery Ward, niece, and heiress of Aaron Montgomery Ward. He is the same man who established the Montgomery Ward retail empire. The location, 800 N Lake Road in Oconomowoc, WI, is perfect for a frontal view of lake Lac La Belle.
The grand property features 15,222 square feet of living space with eight bedrooms, foyer with grand staircase and checked floor, 11 full and four half bathrooms, paneled formal living room with fireplace, spiral rear staircase, formal dining room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen with huge island, family room with fireplace, conservatory with fireplace, circular breakfast room with marble floors, 5-car garage and much more.
Whether it’s a vacation or a quick stopover, Wisconsin’s luxurious buildings are waiting for you. With its beautiful landscape and equally stunning keepsakes, the palatial grandeur asks to be explored. The information above should help you pick your next vacation stayover.