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Address: S43 W31575 Depot Rd, Genesee Depot, WI 53127
Phone Number: (262) 968-4110
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Description: Ten Chimneys is the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred...
Ten Chimneys is the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. With no ropes and nothing under glass, guests are treated to a VIP guided tour of a National Historic Landmark replete with original furnishings and overflowing with the romance of the 1930s and ’40s. “Every time I was visiting with the Lunts in Genesee Depot, I was in a sort of daze of wonder; the dining room, the table, the china, the silver, the food, the extraordinary care and beauty and taste…a sort of dream, a vision.”-Katharine Hepburn
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Beautiful actors' home

Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne's home where they stayed during summer, wintering in plays in New York. But the house, as modest as it is, is a welcoming sight. No pictures... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne's home where they stayed during summer, wintering in plays in New York. But the house, as modest as it is, is a welcoming sight. No pictures allowed in house, but outside is OK. Pleasant gift shop including books of the home and its owners. Several actors have come here to mentor aspiring actors (Alan Alda... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I can see why Katherine Hepburn loved this place. It's so relaxing and it has the theater atmosphere. It's almost like being onstage yourself.

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Oconomowoc
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Many years ago I did some research on Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. I was never a big theater person, but I found myself wanting to know more than the books were giving me. I took my entire family out to Ten Chimneys in early Fall for a tour. We had an age range of 18 up to 65 and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A wonderful, warm and personal tour. Home is eclectic and not at all like many of the mansion tours. Home is modest, but extraordinary. Highly recommend it.

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Muskego, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

We finally visited Ten Chimneys and so glad we did. What a hidden gem in our own backyard. Although we are not theatre fanatics, we really enjoyed the tour. Having gone in knowing very little about the place, our docent, Diane, did a great job educating us. Her enthusiasm and passion for this place was apparent. She kept our attention... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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125 reviews 125 reviews
88 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It's been a few years since I was at Ten Chimneys, the estate of Wisconsin's greatest actor, Alfred Lunt and his beautiful wife, Lynn Fontanne. Opened in the late 1990s, this is truly a pilgrimage for theater buffs. Located northwest of Milwaukee, in the charming hamlet Genesee Depot, it's best to schedule a tour. The Visitor Center is rather nice,... More 

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Palatine, IL
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I never thought that I would say this about a historic house tour, but this one might actually be *too thorough*. Two and a half hours for the estate tour was a bit excessive for the Lunts, who were certainly interesting people but also not exactly fascinating. With one big exception--the wonderfully detailed wall and ceiling murals--the interior of the... More 

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Fond Du Lac
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great museum and tour of Broadway and Theatre stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne's home. Grounds are beautifully maintained and the buildings are wonderful examples of Scandinavian architecture. Great actors and playwrights were frequent guests here - Noel Coward, Katherine Hepburn, Helen Hayes. Take the full tour because the whole estate and all the outbuildings are full of history. I... More 

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Grafton
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Hidden in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin is the retreat home of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. It is named so, because of the additions made on the houses, so there are actually ten chimneys. The tour is well-orchestrated, with a center to learn about this amazing couple. The tour is led by two very knowledgeable docents, and takes... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Even if you do not have time for the tour, stop by for the gift shop, it's worth the trip! The only downside is it is difficult to figure out the hours.

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