SCHS hosts historic homes tour

The Sheboygan County Historical Society and Museum will be hosting a Historic Homes of Sheboygan Tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day in the City of Sheboygan.

Have you ever walked past a stately old house and wondered what its story is? Why does it look the way it does? Who built it? What families have called it home? Has anything interesting occurred within its walls? If so, please join the Sheboygan County Historical Society’s staff, Board of Directors and volunteers in learning about four of Sheboygan’s historic properties.

Along with the property owners, we will host tours through four structures that help share the history of this wonderful community. The first property is the Eliza Prange Home located at 605 Erie Ave. This beautiful Mediterranean-style brick home, built in 1923, was designed by famed Sheboygan architect W.C. Weeks. You will learn about its architectural beauty as well as Eliza’s amazing life as a businesswoman during a time when women were not prominent in the business world. The house is listed on both the State and National Registries of Historic Places and the current home of Legacy Architecture. Jennifer Lehrke, business owner, will be on hand to share her special knowledge of the structure.

Just one example: The Gothic Revival home located at 225 Huron Ave. was built by Anton Hoenigsberg and designed by famed Milwaukee architect Alfred C. Clas, who is credited in part with the plan for the Wisconsin State Capitol. Built in 1916, the house has only seen four owners and has retained its glorious appearance because of that. Mr. Hoenigsberg emigrated to the U.S. as a young boy from Germany and was integral in organizing Wisconsin Mirror Plate Company and relocating the company to Sheboygan in 1910.

This event is being held as a fundraiser for the Sheboygan County Historical Society with all proceeds going to support the Society’s mission to collect, preserve and educate about the history of Sheboygan County. Tickets can be purchased at the Historical Society, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan, the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, 518 Water St., Sheboygan Falls, and at Legacy Architecture, 605 Erie Ave. Sheboygan. Tickets can also be purchased the days of the event at any of the four locations on the tour. Prices are $20 all ages and $15 for Historical Society members. A special thank you goes to volunteer Sherry Becker for organizing this special event.

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