Wawbeek-Horace A.J. Upham House

Also known as: Camp Wawbeek
WI 13, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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Overview Looking Southwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning August 2018

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Description 

Horace and Mary Upham of Milwaukee purchased a four-hundred-acre site overlooking the Wisconsin River Valley to build a summer home. The home was designed by Alexander C. Eschweiler, who also designed the Upham home in Milwaukee (extant) that is also on the NRHP. Eschweiler, at the time, was developing his practice and soon became one of Milwaukee's most distinguished architects. Construction began in 1899, and the Upham family occupied their new home in the summer of 1900. They named their summer home Wawbeek after the rock that threatened the West Wind in Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha."

In 1938, the family turned the property over to charity and today, it is a summer camp for children with disabilities. It is operated by the Easter Seals Society of Wisconsin.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1985
Reference number
85001355
Architectural style
Victorian: Shingle Style
Areas of significance
Law; Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Camp
Current function
Camp
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year
1899

Update Log 

  • September 16, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos

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