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June 23, 2009

The Hausmann Home – Lapham Peak

Tom's Pics - Wedding and Lapham House 001Built 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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4 Responses to The Hausmann Home – Lapham Peak

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    June 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    That is a TOTALLY awesome house! Thank God they are leaving it up and not tearing it down. You will have to go back and get more pics once it is opened. SOOOOOOOO Cool – love those Terrazzo floors too, I would kill to have those floors in any house I lived in!!!

  2. Tikimama Reply

    July 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Wish you could get photos of those bathrooms before they change them!! It’s an amazing house.

  3. Rachel Patton Reply

    March 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    The remodel is finally under way. I talked to an employee at the park who said that the new high efficiency windows won’t go completely to the floor, but aside from the new elevator and accessible bathrooms, they were preserving as much as possible. He said the Hausmann House would finally be open to the public in June or July. Since the article came out in ’07, it’s been a long time coming.

  4. twitters80921 Reply

    May 31, 2012 at 12:13 am

    You may be interested to know, the Open House and Dedication of this home as a Nature Center for Wisconsin State Parks will occur June 3, 2012….

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