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Home owner, Michael Westcott, is a nationally exibited painter. His work, his home studio and Michael himself will be on display.
About the House
The Meissner House was built in 1887 and designed by Eugene Liebert, who received his architectural training in Germany and subsequently became a significant influence in Milwaukee. Liebert designed many residences, churches, and commercial structures including the Germania Building (1896), the Buffalo Building (1900), and the magnificent Harnischfeger Mansion (1905) on the northeast corner of Wisconsin Avenue at 35th Street. Liebert incorporated Baroque elements into the Meissner House, which includes clusters of elegant columns with scalloped pediments on the porch, a front dormer and a bay window.
Moritz Meissner was a German immigrant who operated a wholesale-retail boot and shoe business. He and his family of four children lived on North 29th Street (then called Queen Anne Place) until 1903. In the years following, the house has been a boarding house, a bordello, a piano repair shop, and finally reclaimed and restored as a single family residence.
The home’s interior has an abundance of curly birch woodwork, which includes four sets of pocket doors, stained glass at the staircase landing, four fireplaces, period chandeliers and gasoliers, and detailed ornamental plaster on the first floor.
About the Tour
When: Saturday, June 16th, 2018 11AM to 5PM
Where: Tour headquarters is the Wgechda Building, Potawatomi Campus, N 33rd St & W Kilbourn Ave
Cost: $17 in advance. $20 day of event.
Phone: 414.459.9375 Website: www.hcni.org