History

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Schuster Mansion: An Architectural Masterpiece

During the turn-of-the-century, dozens of Milwaukee’s wealthy elite built their homes on the city’s west side. Schuster Mansion was designed in 1891 by the locally renowned architectural firm Crane and Barkhausen in the German Renaissance Revival style.

George and his first wife, Nora, moved into the mansion. After his death, his second wife, Mary, sold the house in 1924, which was then converted to a luxury apartment building known then as the Redstone Apartments.

In the years following, the apartments at 3209 West Wells Street led a rather ordinary existence while the city continued to expand around it.  Many of its landlords treated the gem with the respect it deserved, and put forth the extra effort needed to maintain it as one of the nicest buildings in the area. However, some recognized the antique value in the stained-glass windows and other pieces of architecture, which were subsequently sold off.

“The Red Castle.” A magnificent mansion built on the outskirts of Milwaukee in 1891 for a wealthy tobacco industrialist George J. Schuster. Comprised of red sandstone, red brick and trimmed in ornamental red terra cotta, it was one of most impressive residences built within the city’s affluent western reaches.

Make sure that you take the Mansion Tour, so that you can learn more about the history of the mansion. As well as the many stories that Laura Sue has to share about George and his family.

Again in 2001, the apartment was sold and so began the task of reconverting it to “mansion status.”  Much of the mansion’s original charm was maintained despite the 1924 conversion. The suites’ bathrooms feature hexagon tiles floors, original tiled walls, as well as the tubs that were installed at that time.

History and tradition are meant to be preserved and cared for.  That’s what Rick and Laura Sue bring to the Schuster Mansion.  The demands from our guests are for more glorious experiences in the rooms. Our goal is to add-on guest rooms without breaking the large ones, or the multiple room suites tradition.  It’s a careful process.

More beauty is yet to come with the expansion of a terrace right outside the library. Then you can enjoy your morning breakfast in the luxury of a rose and flower garden while listening to the gentle water falling in our old-world fountain.  A perfect setting for any party, wedding or just another part of your getaway.

What Our Guests Are Saying…

“My mother and I attended the High Tea for her birthday. In the past, we’ve regularly attended at Watt’s Tea Shop until they closed their doors and since have been searching for a new place to go for tea. After trying a few other disappointing places, a pop up on Facebook caught my eye. I hadn’t heard of the mansion before this so I went on to investigate and learned about the mansion history and their offering of the High and Low teas. I made the decision to try the High Tea and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. This High Tea was the absolutely amazing experience that far surpassed every tea I have ever been to, including Watt’s…”

Lynn L.