The Historic Aloha Lodge Estate in Resort Town of Lake Geneva, Wis. Hits the Market for $35 Million, Is Currently the Most Expensive Listing in the State
Designed by noted Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, the 20,000-square-foot Aloha Lodge on Lake Geneva is one of the Wisconsin resort destination’s most recognized mansions
Seventy miles northwest of Chicago, the resort town of Lake Geneva, Wis. has been a sought-after destination for Chicago’s high society since the late 1800s. Seeking a summer getaway – and a place to reside after the Great Chicago Fire – the city’s wealthiest families discovered the clear, spring-fed lake and rolling, forested terrain and they built estates fit for titans of industry. This migration earned Lake Geneva its nickname, “Newport of the West.”
In 1900, Chicago hotelier Tracy C. Drake put down roots in Lake Geneva alongside fellow prominent Chicagoans including the Wrigley and Schwinn families, commissioning Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw to build what was Shaw’s first of several lakeside mansions. Drake, the founder of Chicago’s historic Drake and Blackstone hotels, named the estate Aloha Lodge, and the home served as the family’s summer and weekend retreat for more than 35 years.
Standing as grand as it did more than a century ago, the majestic 20,000-square-foot Aloha Lodge is now ready for a new owner. The 8-bedroom, 16-bath home is being offered for $35 million, represented exclusively by Brandie Malay Siavelis of @properties Christie’s International Real Estate.
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“The Aloha Lodge offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history only an hour and a half from Chicago, on one of the country’s most beautiful lakes,” said Siavelis. “The attention to detail, the period millwork, and the scenic grounds are unmatched, as is the home itself.”