Orrin W. and Henrietta H. Robertson House

3266 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lakefront house modeled after Chateau d'Azey-le-Rideau

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West (Front) Elevation

The house was designed to fit this narrow lot with added height to add to the illusion of size greater than it is. Note the twin bartizans with copper roofs and the steep slate roof.

The house was open for tours during Historic Milwaukee's Spaces & Traces 2016, however, this is a private residence and is not open to the public.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2016

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Description 

Orrin Robertson was a successful businessman in Milwaukee, including as president and major stockholder of Western Lime and Cement Company. The largest lime burning operation in Wisconsin, it was among the largest suppliers of magnesium lime in the United States.

Orrin and Henrietta toured Europe and fell in love with the Chateau d'Azey-le-Rideau (link below) and when they returned to Milwaukee, they hired Alexander Eschweiler to design a chateau-eseque house for their narrow lot the shore of Lake Michigan.

Eschweiler designed a narrow but tall structure to fit the lot. It was built with scratch-faced brick and limestone. A steeply pitched roof is clad with slate. Porch railings and window grates were created by Milwaukee artisan, Cyril Colnik. The distinctive twin bartizans are capped with candle-snuffer copper roofs. When an addition was put on the house in 1920, two more turrets were added with matching roofs.

The Robertsons lived in the house from 1912 until 1920.

Update Log 

  • May 22, 2016: Added by J.R. Manning

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Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Chateau d'Azey-de-Rideau Official Website - Website of the castle, with photographs indicating how closely Eschweiler followed the design of the 16th Century chateau