Historic c.1927 Lakefront Mansion Torn Down in Shorewood, WI
The Journal Sentinel has reported that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele made true to his word and followed through with his plans of demolishing a historic lakefront mansion in Shorewood, Wisconsin. This comes after strong objection from neighbours and even the family who sold him the house just months prior. The 9,762 square foot residence was designed by famed architect Alexander C. Eschweiler and built in 1927 for Charles and Laura Albright. An old listing described it as a stately Eschweiler-designed Mediterranean Revival mansion set on over 2.5 acres at the shore of Lake Michigan. It went on to say, “A once in a generation opportunity to own the most spectacular and significant home in Shorewood.” According to The Journal Sentinel, village ordinances only protect homes recognized on the National Register of Historic Places or the State Register of Historic Places. This Eschweiler-designed residence was not listed on either. Not all is lost though, it’s been reported that a team from Habitat for Humanity went through the home prior to demolition to remove and reuse many architectural elements. Items include a stone mantel, pipe organs, artwork and terra cotta tile. The mansion sold in November 2018 for $2,600,000 after sitting on the market since September 2017 for $2,995,000. You can view the application for the demolition permit here.
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