Caleb Elliott Johnson House

2819 E. Bradford Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A Mediterranean Revival Home that Palmolive Soap built


Overview Looking West

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2014




Palmolive Soap was invented by Caleb Elliott Johnson. His father founded the B.J. Johnson Soap Company in 1864. Palmolive was created by combining palm, olive and coconut oils giving it a distinctive green color, unique for its day. The B.J Johnson Soap Company was later renamed Palmolive and in 1923, moved to Chicago where it merged with two more companies to become the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Johnson's imposing house resembles a Mediterranean villa including a Spanish tile roof, arched windows and a wrought iron balcony.

Update Log 

  • May 18, 2014: Added by J.R. Manning

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