Twenty Remarkable Homes
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TWENTY REMARKABLE HOMES ILLUMINATE THE RICH HISTORY OF RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE
What do you see when you look at a stately old home? The exquisite craftsmanship, detailed embellishments, and imposing silhouette of a notable historic home inspire our awe, but also conjure questions of the story behind the structure.
We want to know who built this house, what brought them here, why they selected that particular style, and how this historic home has survived when so many succumb to development pressures.
Built for captains of industry, a beer baron, Broadway stars, and more, these houses are a mix of public museums you may have visited and private homes you’ve been hoping for an invitation to explore.
“In a very real sense, history is just stories about people. This marvelous book uses stories about people — where they came from, what they believed in, what they dreamed of, and especially what kind of homes they built — to present a compelling history of a special part of America. From a quirky octagon of the 1850s to an Art Moderne marvel of the 1930s, the houses on these pages remind us of the richness of Wisconsin’s heritage — and the importance of keeping it intact and alive.” -Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation
“‘Wisconsin’s Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes’ is so visually and intellectually stunning that you can forget the iPad or Kindle. You’ll want to hold this exhaustively researched book in your hands. A must-see for lovers of historic homes.” -Mary Van de Kamp Nohl, Milwaukee Magazine
Watch Jim Peck’s interview with authors Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman on Milwaukee Public Television
In 1952, Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien became the first historic site owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society
About the Authors and Photographer
M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman have collaborated on projects for more than twenty years, including their previous books, “Updating Classic America: Bungalows,” “Updating Classic America: Ranches,” and “Cottage: America’s Favorite Home Inside and Out.” Both are graduates of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Caren in landscape architecture and Louis in architecture. In addition to writing books, they share an architectural practice, Louis Wasserman & Associates in Milwaukee.
Book signing at the Allyn Mansion
Zane Williams has been a professional location photographer for four decades, with wide-ranging assignments both abroad and in Wisconsin. Early influences in his career included study with National Geographic photographers and later with architectural photographers from Esto and Hedrich Blessing. His most recent book projects have portrayed the physical and cultural landscape of his home state (“Wisconsin”); examined the nature of urban change over time (“Doubletake: A Rephotographic Survey of Madison, Wisconsin”); and drawn a photographic portrait in color of his home city (“Madison”).