H. H. Bennett Studio

215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Studio of the photographer who put Wisconsin Dells on the map


Overview Looking Northwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning August 2018




Henry Hamilton Bennett was born in Farnham, Canada, on January 15, 1843 and in 1857, with his father and uncle, he traveled to Kilbourn City, Wisconsin. He worked as a carpenter but during the Civil War, he was injured in such a way that he could not continue as a carpenter in civilian life. He bought a portrait studio but the demand for portraiture was limited, so he began to pack up his camera and go out to shoot the beautiful landscapes in the area. He saw a tourism industry developing and began to shoot stereoscopes for the tourism industry.

Kilbourn City would later be called Wisconsin Dells, and one hundred years later, H.H. Bennett's studio is a museum located in between moccasin and t-shirt shops in a busy city, who's economics is based on tourists who come to see the beautiful scenery made famous by H.R. Bennett.

In fact, you can have a tintype portrait done in Mr. Bennett's studio, done with the same process he used in the 19th Century. (Follow the link below to see how.)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 8, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Bennett, H. H., Studio
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Tudor Revival
Areas of significance
Commerce; Invention
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos