Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ten Chimneys - Genesee Depot Wisconsin

Theater legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were a most successful celebrity couple.  Devoted to each other, they appeared only together; neither was in a production without the other from the late 1920's until their retirement in the 1960s.  In demand, they were able to have a clause in their contract that gave them every summer off to spend extended time at their beloved Ten Chimneys.

Situated in the beautiful hills of the Kettle Moraine, in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin, the estate is open for tours. Yesterday, a friend and I spent a lovely morning there.
This was our second visit to this historical treasure, and I'd love to go again.  Furnishings in the estate are original to the Lunts.  The Ten Chimneys Foundation did a masterful job of authentic restoration. You feel as if you are peeking into someone's home while they are away, rather than looking at museum artifacts. Most rooms are open so that you can walk around them to view objects up close.  (Not surprisingly, inside photos are not allowed).
The lodge, the main house and the honeymoon cottage, (photo above), each have a distinct personality. I so wish that I could have taken a photo of the bedroom in the cottage...white on white with sheepskin carpet; it was 'to die for'.  I know that you won't be disappointed if you ever have a chance to tour Ten Chimneys. In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the grounds.


  1. Love the name and the story. Beautiful images. ♥O

  2. Oh , I do miss Wisconsin in the Fall. Absolutely gorgeous photos of the estate!
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. I absolutely LOVED this story and the photos are just brilliant!


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