Gilded Age Glanworth Gardens on Geneva Lake Becomes Wisconsin’s Priciest Listing

Grand waterfront homes are normally thought of in connection to oceans. Like the lush, fluffy bread on either coast of America’s rich architectural sandwich, Rhode Island’s Newport mansions and Hamptons beach homes come to mind instantly or lavish California estates. However, a recently-listed Midwest masterpiece on Geneva Lake rivals them in size and stature. Named Glanworth Gardens, this is the third known time the estate has been for sale in 115 years and it is now the most expensive home on the market in Wisconsin, according to Mansion Global.

Asking $39.25 million, Glanworth Gardens stands a tour de force positioned between Chicago and Milwaukee. While estates like The Breakers will likely never be private residences again, this Gilded Age home is. They don’t make them like this anymore, just look at the commanding front gates.

With 40 acres of manicured lawns, pristine ponds, and quaint woodland devised by the Olmstead Brothers, Glanworth Gardens is remarkable with just its grounds alone. But, housed within the lines are a majestic and finely-crafted assortment of buildings worthy not only of a refined resident but also of architectural study. Built in 1906, Boston architects Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge designed it for the Harris Family—founders of Harris Bank and Trust—and the entire estate lives and breathes together.

As it stands today, fervently restored by its late owner Richard Driehaus, the structures count 13 bedrooms and 10 full bathrooms within a total of 14,145 square feet. The Georgian-style mansion is the star of the show, with a grand foyer, ornate plasterwork, and 13 fireplaces to find. There is also a pool and pool house, guest cottage, Children’s Village, and more.

Tim Salm of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty and David Curry of Geneva Lakefront Realty share the mammoth listing.