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  • Durkee Mansion - Drawing Room and Morning Room
  • Durkee Mansion - kitchen
  • Durkee Mansion - two of the bedrooms
  • Durkee Mansion - dining room
  • Durkee Mansion - front entrance
  • Christmas at Kemper 2014
  • Christmas at Kemper 2014
  • Christmas at Kemper 2013
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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 - Historical Mansion Tours

Fridays-Sundays, April 1, 2016 - October 30, 2016

The Durkee Mansion, one of Kenosha’s unique historical landmarks, is a cream brick Italianate, Victorian style home located among the Kemper Center properties on the lakefront. The 150 year old Civil War Mansion is totally restored to its original Victorian splendor.

The public is invited to tour the home April through October, when it will then close to prepare for the holiday season of tours (Christmas at Kemper).

Christmas at Kemper: Durkee Mansion Open House

November 27-December 4, 2016, December 9-11, 2016, December 16-18, 2016, December 23, 2016

The historic mansion is lavishly decorated for the period in celebration of Christmas. The former home of Senator Charles Durkee was built in the 1860’s and is decorated for the holiday season by dedicated and talented volunteers.

Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

This is part of Christmas at Kemper, a series of holiday events at the historic Kemper Center.