John F. Kern House

2569 N. Wahl St (signed 2571) Milwaukee, Wisconsin

German Renaaissance Revival house facing Lake Michigan



Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2014




John F. Kern was the son of John Baptiste Adolph Kern, a German immigrant who was the owner of the successful Eagle Flouring Mill. John took over the company when the elder Kern passed on in 1892. He chose the German Renaissance Revival style for this imposing mansion. It was the first home in Milwaukee to be equipped with an individual room air conditioning setup. Note the porte cochere. The steep roofline, styled gable, domed bartizan and large porch were elements popular in Germany at the time, and similar elements can be seen in other mansions in Milwaukee County, some in this neighborhood and especially those built by the Pabst family.

Update Log 

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


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