June 23, 2009The Hausmann Home – Lapham Peak
Built into the side of a hill in the amazing Lapham Peak Park along the Ice-Age Trail in Wisconsin, the Hausemann House took us totally by surprise when we were visiting Hub’s parents in Waukesha. We decided to head out to Lapham Peak for a walk after dinner, and as we came around the corner we saw this amazing house!
Architects Willis and Lillian Leenhouts’ built this amazing 8,700 square foot house in 1965, and their creation is amazing! It was commissioned by Dr. Paul and Bernice Hausemann, because Bernice loved nature and wanted to be surrounded by it. She donated the house to the park in 1996 so that it could be used as the park’s nature center. It isn’t open yet, but it looks like they are getting ready soon. Tom and I were completely wowed by the entire house. This description comes from an article on jsonline.com:
“The interior is a time capsule of ’60s modernism: buff-colored terrazzo floors and mustard-yellow carpet, teak paneling, a stainless-steel kitchen with blue and white stick-on tiles and a “Talk-a-Phone” intercom, a second downstairs kitchen with yellow, green and orange cabinets.”
Gah. We only got the most basic photos through the windows, since it isn’t open yet, and even those are fantastic. According to the rest of the article, it is going to be converted into a public building. The architect for the project promised to keep 90% of the house the same, but the bathrooms will need to be gutted to accomodate people with disabilities. Ah well, such is life!
Too bad I couldn’t get into the place to take more pictures of the bathrooms! Oh well, enjoy this slideshow!
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