Durkee Mansion

Drawing Room (Main Parlor) at Durkee Mansion at Kemper Center
a second floor bedroom inside Durkee Mansion at Kemper Center
Christmas at Kemper, Durkee Mansion at Kemper Center

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.

Open for self-guided tours April-October, 1st and 3rd weekends, Sat.-Sun. 1:30-4pm, as well as select dates in December. Call to confirm 2021 schedule.

Free admission; donations gratefully accepted.


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