Key Milwaukee

July 2012

An A-Z visitors guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sponsored by Key Magazine Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Ten Chimneys offers personal view of the ʻGolden Ageʼ of theatre TEN CHIMNEYS in Genesee Depot, 30 minutes southwest of Milwaukee, was the summer home of stage legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. "Anyone who was anyone" in theatre, arts, and lit- erature visited here from the roaring 1920s through the 1940s. Featuring: The estate, almost inevitably, became an important place for artistic creation, discussion, and inspira- tion. Ten Chimneys is overflowing with memorabil- ia: notes from Laurence Olivier, snapshots of the Lunts with the Queen Mother, mementos from Helen Hayes and Noël Coward, inscribed first edi- tion books from Edna Ferber and Alexander Woollcott, and remembrances from dozens of other intimates and luminaries. More than just the Lunts' home, Ten Chimneys was a home for the arts – literally and metaphorically. 414-272-3978 Most of Ten Chimneys' historic furnishings, hand- painted murals, personal décor, and diverse collec- tions are intact and unchanged – original pieces hand-picked by the Lunts in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. And the magic is undiminished. As guests are welcomed through the Lunts' remarkable creation, they are surprised and then moved by countless details. Tour are led through the estate by highly-trained docents. The home is open Tuesday through Saturday through Nov. 10. Sunday tours are added during October. Tours generally begin every 15 min- utes, 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended; phone 262-968-4110. For info, visit 34 From Milwaukee, take I-94 west towards Madison to Hwy 83 south, Hwy. 83 to Genesee Depot. When Hwy. 83 curves left, turn right onto Depot Road and watch for the Ten Chimneys sign on your left.

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