June 22 2015
Victor Schlitz Mansion on Highland
2004 W Highland Ave Milwaukee [map]
5 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms
The five bedroom, 1890 home of Victor Schlitz, an early Milwaukee importer.
by Pamela Williams
This five bedroom, three bathroom (two full), Queen Anne style home was built in 1890 for early Milwaukee wine importer Victor Schlitz (cousin of Joseph Schlitz of the Schlitz beer company). It was designed by Charles Gombert, who is also responsible for many Prospect Avenue residences as well as his famous North Point Water Tower.
Aside from the fact that it is 7,000 square feet which is amazing, the Victor Schlitz Mansion is also rich in history. After Schlitz died in 1928, his heirs sold the home to the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. It was owned by Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross until The Sisters of Mercy sold it to Highland Community School in 1975 which operated part of their school out of the residence until recently. Now this piece of history is ready for a new owner.
This home is full of Queen Anne finery, such as gorgeous original woodwork, formal sitting rooms, tall, grand ceilings, and multiple fireplaces. While keeping it's historic touches, the kitchen and bathrooms have been very nicely updated. There's also a very large extra living space on the third floor, which used to belong to the headmaster when the school was owned by the Sisters of Mercy. The backyard is a nice size also.
It's located on 20th and Highland, just and west of I-43 and downtown and just north of Marquette University.
Some photos here on this page and more via the link below.