Inside Abele’s Eschweiler Mansion
See the 1927 home's interior from when it was new, and just before Abele bought it.
Abele, as first reported by my colleague Michael Horne, acquired the house for $2.6 million in November and now intends to demolish it. Designed by famed architect Alexander C. Eschweiler, the 9,762-square-foot home is not protected by a local historic designation.
Abele and his fiancé Jennifer Gonda plan to replace the house, built in 1927, with one that “respects and honors [the neighborhood],” Abele has promised. The new home will be designed by Northworks Architects.
The home was built for Dr. Charles E. Albright and his wife Laura Uihlein Albright (1877-1967), an heiress to the Schlitz Brewing Co. fortune. Although trained as a medical doctor, Albright worked for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. as its assistant Medical Director and as a salesman.
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity‘s ReStore team has been in the house over the past week salvaging various elements, many of which are now for sale at ReStore in Wauwatosa.
But you can see now see the house in its original glory and what it looked like before Abele took possession from its longtime owners, the Hambrook family.
Photos, provided to Urban Milwaukee by the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) and the Hambrook family, show the house almost a century ago and just a few months ago.