Built in 1906 by George Shley and Sons, this Craftsman-style home was designed by noted architect Charles J. Keller. The original owners, Charles C. Champeny and his wife, owned the Champeny Creamery Company with several locations throughout Milwaukee.
In 1920, a year before he became Chief of Police, Jacob G. Laubenheimer and his wife, Katherine, moved into this residence (just around the corner from Mayor Daniel Hoan’s home at 3328 West Kilbourn). The Laubenheimer’s lived in this home throughout Jacob’s tenure as Chief of Police, which ended with his death in 1936.
The house retains most of its original quarter-sawn oak woodwork, including the master staircase, paneling, and built-in china cabinets. Vintage light fixtures grace the reception area, parlor, and dining room. Period wallpaper from Bradbury and Bradbury Art Wallpapers has been used in several of the rooms, and the owners have returned the stained glass to several of the home’s windows.