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Beer Baron's 'cottage' now historic site

Walk through history at Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva

6:32 PM, Jun. 14, 2013
The Conrad Seipp family donated clothing and furnishings, as well as the mansion, to the state of Wisconsin for operation as a historic site.
The Conrad Seipp family donated clothing and furnishings, as well as the mansion, to the state of Wisconsin for operation as a historic site.
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How many mansions circle the shoreline of Geneva Lake, near the Illinois border? It all depends upon your definition of "mansion," of course, but the area's "Newport of the West" nickname has stuck - for good reason - for 125 years.

Dozens of estates line the lakeshore, and a growing number are monstrous, contemporary projects. They sprout among the well-preserved Gilded Age homes and tales that involved Chicago's richest businessmen. This is where the Sears, Schwinns, Swifts, Maytags, Mortons and Wrigleys all invested their money and spent their leisure time.

Much rarer along the Geneva ...

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