Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes
By M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman, with photographs by Zane Williams
320 pages, 380 color and b/w photos and illus., 11 x 10"
"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?
The houses profiled in "Wisconsin's Own" are a mix of public ones you may have visited and private homes you've been hoping for an invitation to explore. These homes are representative of the varied architectural styles in Wisconsin, from an Italianate along the Mississippi and an interpretation of a 16th century northern Italian villa overlooking Lake Michigan to an Adirondack-style camp in the North Woods and a 14 bedroom Georgian Revival mansion on Lake Geneva. The Prairie School is 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.
"The men and women who built these houses were powerful people of great accomplishment, people accustomed to thinking ahead, examining trends, and embracing new methods and technology. They were educated and well traveled, exposed to a world of ideas. As such, they were intellectual and creative peers of the architects who gave form to their dreams." - from the Foreword, by Ellsworth H. Brown, The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director, Wisconsin Historical Society
"Wisconsin's Own" is generously funded by the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville, committed to funding projects that preserve Wisconsin's cultural history through the preservation of regionally and nationally important buildings and decorative arts projects.