The Lush Landscaping of Alexander Mitchell’s Conservatory, 1880s
The famed photographer H. H. Bennett captured the splendor of the Mitchell mansion.
Beginning around 1880 and over a period of several years, the noted photographer H. H. Bennett, of Kilbourn City (now Wisconsin Dells), would create over 200 stereoviews of Milwaukee. A good number were of the newer fine homes in the city.
Three of the views were of the residence of wealthy banker and railroad man Alexander Mitchell at a time when the landscaping was maturing. In other words, the house was in its prime.
The conservatory would last until 1895. After Mitchell’s death the property was sold to the Deutscher Club, which would demolish the conservatory and replace it with a large dining hall, now the Wisconsin club’s main dining room.
Jeff Beutner is a collector of photographs, postcards and stereoviews of old Milwaukee. This column features these images, with historical commentary by Beutner.