Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin

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Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin

 
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Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin Join host Michael K. Bridgeman for a tour of Wadsworth Hall in Lake Geneva, the Havilah Babcock House in Neenah, Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, the Island of Happy Days in Birchwood, the Brooks Stevens House in Fox Point and Wingspread in Wind Point. Highlighting iconic residences that reflect the aspirations, culture and design of their respective eras, Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin takes viewers inside six beautiful houses that span the state's history and geography. Featuring interviews and observations from historians and architects, historic photos and breathtaking video tours of each of the properties, the program reveals the inspiration behind the design of each home, the goals of the original owners and the careful preservation by modern caretakers. Decades after their construction, these treasured buildings are still a vibrant part of their communities serving as museums, meeting places, vacation destinations or private residences. Venture inside each of these spaces to uncover the splendor of Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin. Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin complements Wisconsin's Own: 20 Remarkable Homes, a book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Funding for Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin provided by The Jeffris Family Foundation and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

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"In a very real sense, history is just stories about people. This marvelous book uses stories about people—where they came from, what they believed in, what they dreamed of, and especially what kind of homes they built—to present a compelling history of a special part of America. From a quirky octagon of the 1850s to an Art Moderne marvel of the 1930s, the houses on these pages remind us of the richness of Wisconsin’s heritage—and the importance of keeping it intact and alive." (Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation

"Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes is so visually and intellectually stunning that you can forget the iPad or Kindle. You'll want to hold this exhaustively researched book in your hands. It's easy to lose hours savoring the photos, detailed historic images and informative text. Many people think the state's architectural legacy begins and ends with Frank Lloyd Wright. Milwaukee architects-cum-authors M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman prove them wrong. They studied 1,500 residences to produce this private tour of the state's 20 most architecturally and historically significant homes. The pedigrees of these homes—built between 1854 and 1939—derive from the industrial magnates and celebrities who once owned them. A must-see for lovers of historic homes." (Mary Van de Kamp Nohl, Milwaukee Magazine) "The domiciles are artfully yet simply represented with 380 color and black-and-white images. The book is highly readable from cover to cover but will also offer new information and inspiration to readers who wish to browse. Sidebars provide concise answers to questions about architectural styles and architects. Beautiful images of the homes, their rooms, and architectural details can be found on every page." (Valerie Nye, Library Journal) “Each of these indeed remarkable homes is presented in detail with stunning color illustrations, which include Zane Williams’s new photography of each impeccably preserved site, historical photographs of the homes from the time of their first residents, maps, and exquisite full-color elevations and plans handdrawn by Connolly and Wasserman. The drawings are so impressive—serving both as nuggets of information and tiny works of art—that one is grateful for and delighted by the appendix that describes the authors’ drawing process in full detail. The images alone that grace Wisconsin’s Own are enough to keep this book placed prominently on the coffee table, but the illuminating, well-researched, and pleasantly narrative text will keep readers from simply flipping through it like a picture book.” (Kara Mason, ForeWord Reviews) “A richly detailed, generously illustrated study of historic, opulent Wisconsin homes. This is not a pretty coffee-table book. With its clear, intelligent essays and color photography, it is the hardbound equivalent of a friendly and knowing docent walk through theses manses.” (Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

2010 Gold in the Home & Garden Category from Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
2010 Winner in the Total Book Design Category from Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards
2010 Outstanding Achievement from Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards
2010 Honorable Mention in the Non-fiction Category from the Council of Wisconsin Writers
2011 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History
2011 Winner in the Architecture Category from National Indie Excellence Awards
2011 Grand Prize Winner in the Best Design Category from Next Generation Book Awards
2011 Silver in the Historical/Biographical Category from PubWest Book Design Awards
2012 Eric Hoffer Award in the Academic Press category

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Wisconsin Public Television celebrates its long history as an innovator in public television every day. One of the earliest educational public television stations in the United States, WPT's roots date back to the inception of Madison-based WHA-TV in 1954. Since then, it has grown into a statewide network of six stations devoted to sharing the stories of the people of Wisconsin through television broadcasts, community events and engagement. Many of these programs, including the celebrated Wisconsin Hometown Stories project, the Wisconsin War Stories series and two recent Jerry Apps farm history programs, have evolved from a strong partnership between WPT and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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