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  • Durkee Mansion
  • Christmas at Kemper 2014
  • Christmas at Kemper 2014
  • Durkee Mansion
  • Christmas at Kemper 2013
  • Christmas at Kemper 2013
  • Durkee Mansion

Durkee Mansion

(262) 925-8040


Open for self-tours April-October, Fri.-Sun. 1-4 p.m. or by appointment.


Free admission; donations gratefully accepted.

The 1860s await you in great splendor and elegance in this lovingly restored Victorian mansion along the shores of Lake Michigan. Stroll through the halls of this magnificent home of Charles Durkee, Wisconsin's Civil War era Senator. Part of Kemper Center.

The History:

The Durkee Mansion, one of Kenosha’s unique historical landmarks, is a cream brick Italianate, Victorian style home located on the lakefront.

Recently elegantly redecorated in the 1860’s period, this home built for Charles Durkee features the largest suspension stairway in the state; as well as, unique fireplaces in the 2nd floor bedrooms, parquet floors and louvered windows. Charles Durkee was a very influential pioneer, businessman, politician and patron of the arts. Although he and his wife only lived in the home for four years, it is a monument to his dedication to improving life, liberties and education. In fact, after his death, it became housing for students of the all girls school.

For more information on the history, antique collections or tours, call 262-657-6005 or visit the listed website. Volunteers and donations are always appreciated.

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Durkee Mansion Christmas Open House

December 8-14, 2014, December 19-21, 2014, December 27-28, 2014

Come delight in a Victorian Christmas of Olde by touring the former home of Senator Charles Durkee decorated in the 1860’s style for the holiday season by dedicated and talented volunteers.