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Lafayette Place mansion is 2014 WBCS, Inc. “Showhouse for a Cure”

Tour hours:

May 31- June 15, 2014

Mondays/Thursdays/Saturdays:
10am to 4 pm

Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Fridays: 4 to 7 pm

Sundays: Noon-4 pm

Tickets:
$25 at the Showhouse or $20 at Showhouse ticket outlets or on the website.

Please note:
We sincerely regret that the Showhouse property is not handicap accessible or a safe venue for children under 8.

For details:  call (414) 297-9152, or see the Showhouse Web site.

The 2014 WBCS, Inc. Showhouse for a Cure features a beautiful home on Lafayette Place, built for a seafarer and at one time the home of renowned architect Alexander C. Eschweiler. The colonial revival mansion at 2022 E. Lafayette Place was commissioned in 1901 by William E. Fitzgerald, the president of the Milwaukee Dry Dock Company and assistant manager of the American Shipbuilding Company. It was designed by architects Ferry and Clas, who also built the Central Library in downtown Milwaukee. Fitzgerald died before the home was completed, so his wife and son Edmund Fitzgerald, himself destined for a place in maritime history, never lived in the home. The 6,100 square foot home features four bedrooms, five full baths and one half-bath, and four fireplaces in its three floors of completed space, plus a full basement. The Showhouse has been made available by current owners Randy Bryant and Cecelia Gore.  Bryant has a long history of interest and investment in Milwaukee’s historic homes, and is the current president of the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

The home was designed to provide a panoramic view of the lakefront.  A distinguishing feature of the house is the coffered, barrel-vaulted ceiling in the front hall.  Other noteworthy features are an elaborate built-in dining room buffet, a very large bath on the third floor, and pocket doors between main rooms.  The home features a widow’s walk accessible via a spiral staircase to a boat-type hatch, which offers a view of the harbor.  The widow’s walk was added after the original construction of the home. 

Other unique features of the home include green marble surrounding the living room fireplace and brass hardware on the doors.  The home is in the Lake Park Co. subdivision, in Milwaukee’s historic Northpoint neighborhood.

WBCS is an all-volunteer organization that raises money for breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the MCW Cancer Center. Since 1998, WBCS has contributed $5.1 million to those efforts.  That funding facilitated an additional $37.6 million in extramural support to MCW breast cancer researchers by enabling them to gather data to apply for larger grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Related 2014 events are:

Friday, May 30
2014 Raise a Glass to Hope Preview Party
(Presented by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin)

Join us for an evening celebration at the unveiling of the 17th Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, located at 2022 E. Lafayette Place in Milwaukee. Tour the 2014 showhouse and meet with the showhouse designers.  Afterwards, head down the hill for a casual evening by the lake with live music, delicious food, and fundraising festivities at Colectivo Lakefront Café, in the historic Milwaukee River Flushing Station. For more information or to RSVP, please visit: www.raiseaglasstohope.com.

Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1

Saturday, June 7 & Sunday, June 8

Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15

Historic Milwaukee Walking Tour – With or Without Showhouse Interior

Starting Location: 2022 E. Lafayette Place, Milwaukee

Guests will enjoy a walking tour through Milwaukee’s historic east side with commentary by guides from Historic Milwaukee Inc.  The tour will start at the 2014 Showhouse at 2022 E. Lafayette Place.  Two options are offered: with and without a tour of the Showhouse interior. Tours will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  For details, please visit: http://historicmilwaukee.org.

Tuesday, June 3, Wednesday, June 4

Tuesday, June 10, Wednesday, June 11

Lecture Series

Guest speakers discuss Milwaukee’s rich history at 6 p.m.  Free with purchase of a Showhouse ticket.

Thursday, June 5
Girls’ Night Out
2014 Showhouse – 2022 E. Lafayette Place, Milwaukee

Area firemen will act as bartenders and docents for this “ladies-only” event, featuring wine and light dining from some of Milwaukee’s best restaurants in the 2014 Showhouse.  Women-owned businesses will display products and services to and for women including products for those who have gone through chemo therapy and radiation. The event runs from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Park on the northeast corner of N. Lincoln Memorial Drive and East Lafayette Hill Road at the Milwaukee County Marina, which is at the bottom of Lafayette Hill.  Take a complimentary limo to the Showhouse.   For more information, please visit: http://www.wbcsgirlsnightout.myevent.com/.

Saturday, June 7
Hope Springs Eternal: WBCS Racing for Research at MCW
5K Run/2K Walk
Lake Park

Be part of a day of inspiration and hope, and help support the fight against breast cancer and prostate cancer. The third annual Hope Springs Eternal: WBCS Racing for Research at MCW fun run and walk kicks off at 9:00 A.M. at Lake Park in Milwaukee.  Through personalized fundraising pages, individuals and teams can raise funds and awareness for the cause. Registration and race information available at: www.wbcsrace.com.

Thursday, June 12
Milwaukee County Historical Fund Raiser
910 N. Old World 3rd St.

In-depth lecture about the 2014 WBCS Showhouse, the North Point area and the historical and economic significance of Lake Michigan to the development of Milwaukee. This event runs from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Parking across the street in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lot.

Sunday, June 15
Father’s Day Tie Guy
2014 Showhouse – 2022 E. Lafayette Place, Milwaukee

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend and the final days of the 2014 Showhouse for a Cure by turning your ugliest ties into support for prostate cancer research at MCW.  Harleys: The Store for Men, will give WBCS $5 for every tie collected by Showhouse volunteers between Friday, June 13, and Sunday, June 15. Participants will also be entered in a special raffle for Milwaukee Brewers' tickets.

Monday, July 21
16th Annual Kathy Duffey Fogarty Tee Up for a Cure© Outing
Blue Mound Golf and Country Club

10 a.m. to Noon Registration; Putting green and practice range open.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Shotgun start

5:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

7 p.m. Dinner and awards presentation

For information about the outing or sponsorship opportunities, contact Bonnie at (262) 786-9444 or Jan at (262)786-2818.

Thursday, October 9
“Pinktacular” Salute to Survivors Luncheon & Fashion Show
Italian Community Center

February 7, 2015
Pink Tie Gala
Delafield Hotel, Delafield, WI

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