Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes


Wisconsin?s Own tells the story of the considerable contribution Wisconsin?s historic homes have made to American residential architecture. It also answers questions you?ve likely asked when you?ve seen a notable historic home: Who built this house? What brought them here? Why did they select that particular style? How is it that this historic home still stands today, despite development pressures?

Authors M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman and the Wisconsin Historical ...

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Wisconsin’s Own tells the story of the considerable contribution Wisconsin’s historic homes have made to American residential architecture. It also answers questions you’ve likely asked when you’ve seen a notable historic home: Who built this house? What brought them here? Why did they select that particular style? How is it that this historic home still stands today, despite development pressures?

Authors M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman and the Wisconsin Historical Society researched and carefully considered 1,500 potential houses before narrowing the selection to twenty of the state’s most remarkable residences built between 1854 and 1939. The houses are a mix of public ones you may have visited and private homes you’ve been hoping for an invitation to explore. The homes are representative of the varied architectural styles in Wisconsin, from an Italianate along the Mississippi and an interpretation of a sixteenth-century northern Italian villa overlooking Lake Michigan to an Adirondack-style camp in the North Woods and a fourteen-bedroom Georgian Revival mansion on Lake Geneva. The Prairie School is, of course, represented, with examples by Frank Lloyd Wright and his mentor Louis Sullivan.


Richly illustrated with the photography of Zane Williams complemented by historical images and watercolors and line drawings by the authors, Wisconsin’s Own offers an intimate tour of residential treasures that have endured the test of time.

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Editorial Reviews

Milwaukee Magazine

"Wisconsin''s Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes is so visually and intellectually stunning that you can forget the iPad or Kindle. You''ll want to hold this exhaustively researched book in your hands. It''s easy to lose hours savoring the photos, detailed historic images and informative text. Many people think the state''s architectural legacy begins and ends with Frank Lloyd Wright. Milwaukee architects-cum-authors M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman prove them wrong. They studied 1,500 residences to produce this private tour of the state''s 20 most architecturally and historically significant homes. The pedigrees of these homes - built between 1854 and 1939 - derive from the industrial magnates and celebrities who once owned them. A must-see for lovers of historic homes."

— Mary Van de Kamp Nohl

ForeWord Reviews

Each of these indeed remarkable homes is presented in detail with stunning color illustrations, which include Zane Williams’s new photography of each impeccably preserved site, historical photographs of the homes from the time of their first residents, maps, and exquisite full-color elevations and plans handdrawn by Connolly and Wasserman. The drawings are so impressive—serving both as nuggets of information and tiny works of art—that one is grateful for and delighted by the appendix that describes the authors’ drawing process in full detail. The images alone that grace Wisconsin’s Own are enough to keep this book placed prominently on the coffee table, but the illuminating, well-researched, and pleasantly narrative text will keep readers from simply flipping through it like a picture book.

— Kara Mason

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A richly detailed, generously illustrated study of historic, opulent Wisconsin homes. This is not a pretty coffee-table book. With its clear, intelligent essays and color photography, it is the hardbound equivalent of a freindly and knowing docent walk through theses manses.”

— Jim Higgins

Library Journal
Connolly and Wasserman (principals at the Milwaukee architecture firm Louis Wasserman & Associates) have cowritten three books on residential architecture (e.g., Cottage: America's Favorite Home Inside and Out). In preparation for this new volume, they worked with the Wisconsin Historical Society to select 20 beautiful and historically significant homes built in Wisconsin between 1854 and 1939. The homes range from prairie style to Queen Anne to art moderne and represent a diversity of geographical locations throughout the state. The domiciles are artfully yet simply represented with 380 color and black-and- white images. The book is highly readable from cover to cover but will also offer new information and inspiration to readers who wish to browse. Sidebars provide concise answers to questions about architectural styles and architects. Beautiful images of the homes, their rooms, and architectural details can be found on every page. VERDICT Primarily of regional interest, this nonetheless is highly accessible and recommended for art and architecture students from high school through college. The authors have a distinctive manner of adding lively historical context to each home's history, so architecture enthusiasts will also find something new here.—Valerie Nye, Coll. of Santa Fe, NM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870204524
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 688,240
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman have collaborated in their Milwaukee architectural practice for more than twenty years. Wisconsin's Own is their fourth joint book on residential architecture.

Zane Williams has been a professional location photographer for four decades, with wide-ranging assignments both abroad and in his home state of Wisconsin.

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