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Robert and Louise Nunnemacher House

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1906, Alexander Eschweiler. 2409 N. Wahl Ave.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

Famous for building an opera house where the Pabst Theater now stands, Robert Nunnemacher ran a malting business that prospered in this beer-brewing city. Nunnemacher’s house overlooking Lake Michigan denies his Germanic roots by its Elizabethan Revival design. The red brick house trimmed with Bedford limestone has end pavilions, each with two stories of bay windows topped by scrolled gables. A small, central wall-dormer matches the gables, and at each end of the house are tall limestone-trimmed brick chimney stacks. The entrance portico is off-center, adding an asymmetrical note to this symmetrical house. A balustraded terrace fronts the house.

Nearby at 2543 N. Wahl Avenue is a similar but much smaller house (1901) of buff and brown brick designed by Carl Barkhausen for Frederick Weinhagen. It repeats the paired scrolled gables but has only one set of bay windows. A Colonial Revival porch spans the front. Weinhagen established the Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Company in 1887.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Robert and Louise Nunnemacher House", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 147-147.

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