An exuberant Chateauesque design, the Goldberg House celebrates the late Victorian love of intricate ornament and dramatic silhouette. Asymmetry alternates with symmetry throughout, from the centered entrance to angled and round bays. The magnificent spiky tower is the facade’s focal point with its four jutting gables and an eight-faceted crocketed spire. The gables are embossed with shields and framed with unusual grille-like fretwork and—along with the front porch arches—feature flame-like fretwork. A handsome two-story Chateauesque carriage barn is one of the best surviving examples in the city. It retains its original, hand-operated carriage elevator, used to hoist a vehicle from the ground floor to storage in the loft. Attorney Benjamin Goldberg never lived in this magnificent house because he lost his fortune before its completion. He sold it at a loss in 1898 to George Martin Jr., a prominent Milwaukee tanner.
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Benjamin Goldberg House
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