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Historic Milwaukee Mansion is 2012 WBCS, Inc. Showhouse for a Cure

May 30, 2012

The 2012 WBCS, Inc. Showhouse for a Cure features a beautiful home in Milwaukee’s North Point Historic District. The Vogel Mansion was built in 1905 and features formal gardens and a pool, a 20-room interior that is exquisitely enhanced by carved woodwork and decorative ironwork, a formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, and the private art collection of the homeowner. Located across from Villa Terrace, the home will be open to the public Saturday, June 2 through Sunday, June 17. This year’s house has been made available by businessman Andy Nunemaker.

The Vogel Mansion was built for grain merchant William D. Sawyer and his wife Pauline Nunnemacher Sawyer. The elegant structure combines features of Mediterranean, French and Tudor Revival styles, giving it the stately appearance of a country manor.

Prominent architects, Parker & Thomas of Boston and Milwaukee architects, Bruemming and Dick, designed the 6,000 square foot home, which was built at a cost of $35,000. A year later, a nearly 3,500 square foot, two-story stable/carriage house was added at an additional cost of $16,000. The stable/coach house was separated from the residence by a courtyard, and a tunnel was built to facilitate passage from one structure to the other during inclement weather.
The focus of the exterior is on the dramatic entrance area, which features a pair of ornate wrought iron doors. The use of finely-crafted wrought iron is a repeated stylistic feature of the house. The centerpiece of the tall wrought iron fence surrounding the estate is an exquisite pair of French-style entrance gates, designed by renowned Milwaukee artisan, Cyril Colnik.

Old-world craftsmanship is also evidenced throughout the interior of the house. Some of the details are original to the 1905 construction and some resulted from a 1929 remodeling project. The front hall features four Corinthian scagliola columns with gold leaf trim and marble bases.

In 2011, two rooms on the second floor were transformed into a master bedroom suite and the back yard was converted into a swimming pool area. The basement, as part of the WBCS, Inc. Showhouse redesign project, is now completely reconfigured into a continuous room for socializing and entertaining.

Since 1998, WBCS, Inc. has raised more than $4.4 million for breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Tour hours:
Weekdays and Saturdays: 10am to 4 pm

Evening hours on Tuesday, June 12 and
Thursday, June 14: 10 am to 8 pm

Sundays: Noon to 4 pm

The last tour of the day begins 30 minutes before closing.

$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.

Related 2012 events are:

Showhouse Boutique

Visit our boutique before or after your tour for unique treasures from favorite past vendors and exciting new ones. Check out our yard art, handblown glass art, vintage handbags and pins, and a great selection of handmade jewelry to satisfy every taste. Shop for holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations. Open to the public without a ticket during Showhouse hours.

Showhouse Special Dates

These upcoming events are presented by WBCS Inc. Please note that reservations are required for most events and space is limited.

Friday, June 1

2012 Raise a Glass to Hope Fund Raiser

(Presented by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin)

Join us for an evening celebration at the unveiling of the 15th Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, located at 2221 N. Terrace Avenue in Milwaukee. From 6:00 to 700 p.m., tour the 2012 showhouse, meet with the showhouse designers, and be the first to shop the boutique. Starting at 7:00, enjoy small plate dining and drinks. The live auction begins at 8:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit:

Saturday, June 9

Hope Springs Eternal: WBCS Racing for Research at MCW

(presented by Barbicide)

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 inaugural 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:

Monday, July 23

14th 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 4

“Pinktacular” Salute to Survivors Luncheon & Fashion Show

Italian Community Center

January 26, 2013

Pink Tie Gala

Delafield Hotel, Delafield, WI

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