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Historic Name:Sunset Point
Reference Number:93001169
Location (Address):1024 Everett Rd.
Sunset Point
M. J. Tennes Summer Estate
1024 Everett Road
Town of Washington, Vilas County
Architects: Rudolph Nedved and Elizabeth Kimball Nedved
Date of construction: 1928

Mont Tennes, known as Chicago's "gentleman gambler" set out to build the most beautiful summer home on Northern Wisconsin's lakes, and in 1928 did just that. Tennes purchased an existing 19th century vacation complex on Catfish Lake in 1921. Over the next few years, his family planned their grand summer estate, traveling to Europe with their architect and with their summertime neighbors and good friends, the Kellys.

The husband-wife team of Rudolph Nedved and Elizabeth Kimball Nedved designed the French Normandy Style estate in 1927. Tennes chose the most prestigious location on Everett Peninsula, imported the finest materials, employed the best craftsmen, and named his new showplace summer house, "Sunset Point." Rudolph went on to become a partner in the noted Chicago architectural firm of Schmidt, Garden & Martin. In June 1928, just a few weeks prior to completion, a devastating fire burned the main residence to the ground. Insurance covered the damages and M. J. ordered it entirely rebuilt that summer. Tennes demanded improved "fire proof" construction for his new home and equipped it with a fire hose and standpipe water system fed by a massive boathouse pump.

Although Mont passed away in 1941, the Tennes family summered at Sunset Point until 1951, when they donated the estate to the Sisters of Mercy for a girls' camp and retreat. The Sisters sold the property in 1974. In December of 1987, the estate once again became a private vacation residence, and the new owners began extensive restoration returning Sunset Point to its original grandeur as one of Northern Wisconsin's most beautiful lakefront estates.

Sunset Point is private property. Please respect the rights and privacy of the owners. For more information about this property please consult its website.

Period of Significance:1928
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Nedved, Rudolph
Architect:Kinball, Elizabeth
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Additional Documentation
National Register Listing Date:11/04/1993
State Register Listing Date:07/09/1993
Number of Contributing Buildings:3
Number of Contributing Sites:1
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:1
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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