Ten Chimneys offers a personal view

of the Golden Age of American theater

October, 2019

Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot, 30 minutes southwest of Milwaukee, was the summer home of theater legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. “Anyone who was anyone” in theater, arts and literature visited from the roaring 1920s through the 1960s.

 Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, the estate remains an important place for artistic creation, discussion and inspiration. Ten Chimneys is overflowing with memorabilia: notes from Laurence Olivier, snapshots of the Lunts with the Queen Mother, mementos from Helen Hayes and Noël Coward, inscribed first edition books from Edna Ferber and Alexander Woollcott, and remembrances from dozens of others.

 More than just the Lunts’ home, Ten Chimneys was a home for the arts. Most of Ten Chimneys’ historic furnishings, hand-painted murals, personal décor, and diverse collections are intact and unchanged – original pieces hand-picked by the Lunts in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. And the magic is undiminished.

 Visitors are led through the estate by highly trained docents. The 2019 season ends Dec. 1. Reservations are highly recommended; phone (262) 968-4110.

 On Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, Ten Chimneys hosts two expert panel conversations unveiling the estate's latest stewardship project — extensive removal of invasive plants/shrubs from the beautiful grounds of this historic site. Visitors can learn more about their role in not only helping to preserve this National Historic Landmark, but preserving their own private estates called "home."

  Free to the general public. More details at tenchimneys.org.