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Decorative iron work by Cyril Colnik.
"I see it as a privilege not many people have, to live in a house like this. Sometimes I don't think about me living here, but of being a caretaker of the property." ~ James Dieter
The three-story home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is about 9,000 square feet. There's a Greek mythological theme to the many stone figures on its brick exterior, and both the interior and exterior feature ironwork by Cyril Colnic.
The interior also boasts thick, elaborately carved wood molding, decorative pillars, roughly 100 windows, decorative plaster, stained- and leaded-glass windows, seven fireplaces and a split staircase.
Original owner Joseph B. Kalvelage was secretary-treasurer of Hoffman-Billings Plumbing Fixture Supply Co. The architect was Otto Strack, who also designed the Pabst Theater.
By the 1920s, the house was being used by the Ku Klux Klan. Later it became the Roger Williams Hospital, then a rooming house.
Traci E. Schnell, senior architectural historian at Heritage Research Ltd., said the house is "among the best examples of what is more generally termed as the German Renaissance Revival-style architecture." Other examples of this style are the Capt. Frederick Pabst Mansion and the Henry Harnischfeger House, both on Wisconsin Ave.
"Changes were never made that ruined the house," Dieter said. "No one ever painted over the woodwork. No one ever removed woodwork and put up walls to divide the spaces."
Even so, with the passing of time and a bit of water damage, the house is in dire need of a renovation. Dieter, who owns Blackhawk Antique Market in Milwaukee and does historic preservation work, has spent countless hours plastering walls and ceilings, recasting decorative plaster molding and reconditioning woodwork.
Dieter said that because he's proud of his home and wants to promote his neighborhood. He plans to open his house to the public for tours.
Please donate to help with the Kalvelage Mansion Restoration Project.
Over hundred years have passed since the Kalvelage Mansion was constructed and in spite of changes in the neighborhood the Kalvelage Mansion has stood firm threw trouble times and has provided amazing hope for the community and visitors.
$ 500,000 Cyril Colnick master piece balcony dedicatee
$200,000 Merman porch dedicatee
$150,000 Ballroom dedicatee
$100,000 French Room dedicatee
$100,000 Music Room dedicatee
$100,000 Dining Room dedicatee
$100,000 Mrs. Kalvelage bedroom
$50,000 Main Kitchen dedicatee
$50,000 Maid and Butler quarter dedicatee
$25,000 Summer Kitchen dedicatee
$10,000 Lion each dedicatee
$5,000 Urns each dedicatee
$1,000 Platinum Partners
$350 Gold Partners
$100 Sliver Partners
The Rose Garden
Kalvelage Mansion Rose Garden will be for people to enjoy on their tour and bring beauty and life into the community. A place of dedication with its pathways includes memories brick path ways a place of serenity.
$250 for Memory Brick
Mansion has lost its glory but together we can restore this historic site to share our heritage.
Partner with us in using the Kalvelage Mansion as a practical opportunity and an enduring symbol of the hope of restoring our heritage and our fellow man.
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