Photographed October 26, 2014
Erected 1970 by Milwaukee County Historical Society
Shorewood, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43° 5.525′ N, 87° 53.893′ W
Built about 1844 by Benjamin Church, a pioneer carpenter and builder, in the Kilbourntown section of early Milwaukee. With its clean lines and fluted Doric columns, the house is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture. Its construction featured the use of hand-hewn timbers of oak and elm. The exterior walls are lined with brick for insulation and strength.
In 1938, Kilbourntown House was moved to this site from its original location near Fourth and Court Streets through the efforts of the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Milwaukee County Park Commission and the Colonial Dames of Wisconsin. Restoration was carried out as a WPA project. Furnished by the Colonial Dames with articles in use prior to 1865, the building was reopened on September 4, 1939.
The Kilbourntown House is located at Estabrook Beer Garden Park at 4600 Eastabrook Drive, Shorewood, Wisconsin 53217.
NOTE: Kilbourntown House and the marker are very easy to find. Just follow the main road into the park and you will find them on your right.
Milwaukee County Historical Society: Kilbourntown House
Benjamin Church, Pioneer
Wikipedia: Benjamin Church (carpenter)
The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Wisconsin: Milwaukee County. It is also known as the Benjamin Church House.
Through the Works Progress Administration or WPA, the house was restored and moved in 1938 to Estabrook Park. Furnishings from the 19th century were provided by the Colonial Dames of America.
The marker is on the side of the house that faces a parking lot.
View of the marker from the parking lot.
The entrance to Estabrook Park.
The marker is located at Estabrook Park.