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5270 N. Lake Dr.

National or State Register of Historic Places
5270 N. Lake Dr. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Uihlein, Herman, House
Reference Number:83004313
Location (Address):5270 N. Lake Dr.
City/Village:Whitefish Bay
Herman Uihlein House
Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County
Architect: Kirchoff & Rose
Date of Construction: 1918

Herman Uihlein, son of long-time Joseph Schiltz Brewing Company president Henry Uihlein, operated the very successful Lavine Gear Company. In the year he built his opulent Whitefish Bay residence, his company had amassed over one million dollars.

Though located in a now populated suburban area, the Uihlein House sits at the back of a three-acre lot on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, giving it the feel of a remote estate. The limestone mansion is characterized by classical detailing, ornate craftsmanship, and a diverse interior design. Most striking is the impressive rounded entryway featuring immense columns, a front door adorned by an elaborate wrought iron grille and a sheltered second-floor balcony.

The interior boasts a variety of period designs utilizing lavish materials. The prominent entry hall is dominated by a sweeping grand staircase with an ornate wrought iron railing. It also features a large elaborately carved sandstone fireplace, carved walnut doors and a coffered ceiling with decorative plasterwork.

In addition to this residence, the architectural firm of Kirchoff & Rose designed many other Milwaukee landmarks. Extensive ornamental ironwork inside and out were created by famed ironwork master Cyril Colnik, whose work is seen at other Milwaukee residences.

The Herman Uihlein House is a private residence; please respect the privacy of the owners.

Period of Significance:1900-1924
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Renaissance
Architectural Style:Beaux Arts
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Kirchoff & Rose
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:12/22/1983
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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