5270 N LAKE DR | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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5270 N LAKE DR

Architecture and History Inventory
5270 N LAKE DR | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Herman A. & Claudia Uihlein House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:9306
Location (Address):5270 N LAKE DR
City:Whitefish Bay
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1915
Survey Date:2011
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Mediterranean Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Cut Stone
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Uihlein, Herman, House
National Register Listing Date:12/22/1983
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:1980-

A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.


The exterior walls are constructed of smooth, buff Bedford limestone blocks extracted from a single level of an Indiana quarry, with stone details carved at the construction site. The symmetrical front facade is dominated by a projecting central pavilion enclosing the first story entry and sheltering a second story balcony. The pavilion is surmounted by a full entablature (with bracketed cornice) and crowned with a balustrade. Colossal Ionic pilasters and engaged columns (with carved tobacco leaf motifs), coupled on either side of the entry, rise two stories to support the entablature.

Set within a rounded arch, the front doorway is screened by an elaborate scrolled and floriated wrought-iron grille. Above the entry, the second story balcony rests on richly carved limestone ancon and consoles. The balcony railing is fashioned of wrought-iron with a stylized hop medallion (symbolizing the brewing interests of the Uihlein family). French windows provide access to the balcony.

Six tall multipaned casement windows on both stories are disposed symmetrically across the front facade of the house, while projecting limestone string courses articulate the horizontal divisions of the composition. Round headed first story windows rise the full height of the story from the sill course atop the raised basement. Second story windows rest on a stone sill course and rise to the stringcourse beneath the frieze. Between the first and second story windows, wrought-iron balconnets, embellished with hop medallions, rest on carved 'consoles. The cornice is supported by paired brackets and sheltered by the overhanging eaves of the low-pitched, red tile hip roof.

The side and rear elevations feature the same details: symmetrically arranged round headed windows (or French windows) on the first story, with ornamental molding, raised string?courses demarcating horizontal divisions, and a bracketed cornice beneath overhanging eaves. The rear is characterized, however, by projecting wings on either side of a large central window. The wings frame a shallow courtyard which is enclosed by a limestone balustrade and approached by terraced steps. A small courtyard projecting off the southern wing and enclosed by a balustrade, is approached from the house through French windows. Five limestone chimneys rise above the roof ridge and dormer windows in the rear light the attic-level living space.

The circular driveway is bordered by a low balustrade in front of the house and a one-story limestone garage, crowned with a balustrade, is connected to the house on the north side.

Interior entry hall metal work done by Cyril Colnik, carved wood by the Mathews Brothers.
Bibliographic References:Building permit records on file at Whitefish Bay Village Hall. MILWAUKEE JOURNAL 10/7/1994. SEE ZIMMERMAN, "HERITAGE GUIDEBOOK". MILWAUKEE JOURNAL 1/25/1995. WHITEFISH BAY HERALD 10/26/1995.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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