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An intimate look at family, architecture, interiors and fashion in Victorian Wisconsin between 1885 and 1900

Learn about the lives of upper-middle class Wisconsinites in the Victorian period between 1885 and 1900.

Date:  date unknown

Description: People playing croquet on a lawn next to tennis courts. In the background on the left, people are relaxing under trees across the road. Cottages are in the...

Date: 1926 

Description: Exterior view of a cottage with three entrances. Two hotel maids are seated on the porch. There is another cottage on the right.

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Dells Farm Resort

Date: 1927 

Description: Two-story building with a wrap-around porch and a balcony. Includes a number of guest rooms with separate entrances.

Date: 1926 

Description: View up slope towards two small cottages at the Coldwater Canyon Hotel. A man with a tennis racket is seated on the porch of the cottage on the left.

Date: 1944 

Description: Two people walk down the driveway of the Dell View Hotel on a winter day. The photo was taken by Ruth Bennett Dyer.

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Rainbow Cottages

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: Entrance sign and rainbow between two trees in front of several cabins at the Rainbow Cabins. The cabins were located on Route 16 on Vine Street.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Woman reading "House Beautiful" magazine at Greenwood House.

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Dells Farm Resort

Date: 1927 

Description: View across road of a large cottage with a front porch on the right, with two people sitting in a lawn chair in front. Down the hill on the left behind tre...

Date: 1926 

Description: View of grounds with a large guest cottage with large front porch on the right. On the left is a three-story structure shaped like a tower.

Date: 1931 

Description: Exterior view of "Kea Ora," a small cottage with a screened-in porch amongst the oaks and pines.

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Birchcliff Hotel

Date:  date unknown

Description: View across road towards the stone steps leading up a hill to the main building of the Birchcliff Hotel. A lawn swing is on top of the hill to the left of...

Date: 1950-05-24 

Description: A view of downtown, including the official Dells ticket office. In the foreground a man sits on a bench reading a newspaper, and other pedestrians are walk...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Screened porch furnished with wicker chairs and a sofa, lamps and a rug.

Date: 1930 

Description: Side lawn of Fitzgerald's Modern Rooms. Children are sitting in the lawn swing in the foreground, and another lawn swing is in the background next to the g...

Date: 1944 

Description: Exterior view of Dell View Hotel driveway on a winter day. A snow-covered stone gargoyle statue is in the foreground. The photo was taken by Ruth Bennett D...

Date: 1926 

Description: A man and woman sit across from one another on an enclosed porch at the Scofield Cottage Hotel.

Date:  date unknown

Description: View of a Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Indian woman in traditional dress. The woman stands on stone steps, surrounded by flowers and trees.

Date: 1926 

Description: Schofield Cottage Hotel and driveway with an automobile parked near the porte-cochere. There are striped awnings over the windows on both the first and sec...

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Ravenswood Hotel

Date: 1924 

Description: Three-quarter view of the Ravenswood Hotel surrounded by pine trees. There is a screened porch and a balcony above. An automobile is parked on the side in...

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