« Weekend get-away | Main | Hedgie here, hedgie there... »

06 October 2013

Black Point Estate

Black Point Estate is one of the Wisconsin Historical Society's sites. The only public access to the property is by boat! One of many boat tours operated by Lake Geneva Cruise Line, it also includes the scenic tour of other historic and notable properties around the lake -- titans of Chicago such as Wrigley, Maytag, Sears, and Schwinn had summer homes there, as well as many other names that you might not recognize but whose companies you certainly would! Those summer homes came in handy as refuge following The Great Chicago Fire; with easy access by train, many of those leaders moved their families to their homes in Lake Geneva and lived there while rebuilding the city and their businesses.

The house is located on a bluff and is not really visible from the lake. After climbing about 75 of the 120 steps to reach it, this was my first view:

7-BlackPoint-01

Being the first (with Rusty) to reach the top, I (we) was awarded with a bumper sticker to proclaim that fact! 

7-BlackPoint-01
Conrad Seipp made his fortune making beer, founder of the Seipp Brewing Co. in Chicago (home beer delivery? OK!). Conrad died not long after Black Point was completed, but his wife and other members of the family managed -- and even grew -- the estate for many years.

7-BlackPoint-03
Many of the furnishings were "hand-me-downs" from their elegant home in the city. The cherubs on this bedroom set caught my eye. What you can't see in my blurry phone photo is the large mended patch on the bedspread! Waste not, want not.

7-BlackPoint-04
The historical society rather scoffs at the bright green shag rug in the bedroom across the hall! I love it. While many of the furnishings are "antique" and certainly quite valuable, and much of the home is like a "time capsule," it's things like this rug that let you know it was lived in and used by many generations. The knit & lined blanket also caught my eye, of course.

7-BlackPoint-05
Upstairs hall: there was a closet exactly like this, mirrored on the other side of the hall.

7-BlackPoint-06
7-BlackPoint-06
An enormous doll house sat at the other end of the hall, with a large cabinet full of extra furnishings standing nearby!

7-BlackPoint-09
Stencilled burlap wall covering in dining room. Burlap covered many of the walls.

7-BlackPoint-10
7-BlackPoint-10
Exterior and gardens. The house is beautifully painted. One of the descendants of Conrad was a "collector" of trees and, according to our guide, there are 70 different types of evergreens planted on the property, along with the black oaks and other native trees.

7-BlackPoint-13
I found gingko!

6-LakeGeneva4
We'd walked the Geneva Lake Shorepath Walk in one direction on Saturday. While Rusty went in the other direction after the tour on Sunday, I did a little knitting (baby pants for Zim) at the beach. 

6-LakeGeneva5
And then it was time to go!

We stopped at Gooseberries on the way home for some groceries, but mostly to surprise long-time virtual friend Gretchen!

I feel recharged and maybe slightly less overwhelmed after that little break. Man, there sure is a lot to do around here... maybe it's the time of year! I'm finding myself wishing for winter ***ONLY*** because it takes a few things off of one's plate just because, you know, it's winter.

Forget I said that, and let's revel some more in autumn...

Autumn
For as long as we can!

Comments

I wanna go! I love this post.

Looks like a great place to visit!

OMG, that house is stupendous! What a great place for a (presumably very large) family to summer. Assuming, of course, that one had an army of servants to do the housework.

Zimmy? When did baby get named? I think I missed it.

Yes, let's revel if fall just awhile longer! Can you imagine the colors in the house in its hay day? The details are stunning. The sky at the end of your post is calming and beautiful. (I love the gingko on the tiles.)

What a GREAT place to take a break! Just lovely -- and inspiring. I love visiting terrific old homes like that (and I would love to play with the dollhouse . . . just for a little while).

Beautiful! I toured a couple of houses in Charleston this past spring - so fun!

Thanks for the tour! I never knew that was in the state. :D Gorgeous views and I'm glad you had a relaxing weekend away.

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo

My Other Accounts

Facebook Flickr Google Plus Instagram Follow Me on Pinterest Rav_link
free short rows knitting class at craftsy.com
Online Knitting Class
Blog powered by TypePad
Member since 03/2004
Victoria Mothes (knitorious) participates in affiliate advertising programs. Some of the links herein are designed to provide a means to earn a small percentage in advertising fees.