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Ten Chimneys

S43 W31575 Depot Rd, Genesee Depot, WI 53127
(262) 968-4110
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Owner description: Ten Chimneys is the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. With no ropes and nothing under glass, guests are... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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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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83 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Plover, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I was part of the first group to tour this place in 1996, I went back last month and am truly overjoyed at how lovingly this gem has been cared for. The tour is worth every penny. You will never experience another opportunity to be immersed in in history like this! Take the full tour because the outbuildings and estate... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My family & I finally made it there, have always wanted to see what it was all about. Be prepared to spend a lot of time standing & walking ( even more so if you take the full tour). We just did the main house tour & that was a full 90 min; right there. The house is very impressive... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Ten Chimneys is a very interesting place to tour. The estate of the late Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine has been preserved and opened to the public. The grounds are beautiful, the structures so great to see. There were many famous people from the stage and movies who came and spent time there. You learn all about the visitors during... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A really lovely place to visit in the summer or fall. Go early before the heat hits as there is no air-conditioning and when we were there, there were many people. Lots of Hollywood/New York theater history. The docent was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. The gardens were relaxing. Definitely pay the money to take the tour.

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