Ten Chimneys

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S43 W31575 Depot Rd., Genesee Depot, WI 53127 S43 W31575 Depot Rd., Genesee Depot Directions
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One of the best tours i have been on...very personal and interesting! Loved everything about this experience, would tour again in a heartbeat! Beautiful home, people, and era!!!!
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I saw the play and wanted to see where it all took place. It was beautiful and I loved the history behind their story.
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wonderful place. great docents.
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It has been lovingly preserved, it is as if Alfred and Lynn are just gone for the afternoon and we were allowed to "snoop". The grounds were beautiful also. I will be going back again.
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This was my second visit to Ten Chimneys. I brought a dear friend with me to experience this lovely treasure for the first time and we just chatted away about what a treasure this place is and how it will linger in your memory forever. I hope to go back someday and share it again with someone new so they can experience the great feeling of fine living that Lunt & Fontanne lived and shared with so many people.
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Very well done. Throughly enjoyed it.
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I was impressed with how well kept the entire estate was. I can see why people loved to retreat there.
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An excellent learning experience to hear about and tour the home of such legends of the Theatre- Lund and Fontaine. We in Wisconsin are so fortunate!
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Beautiful setting, magnificent ground, fascinating history and knowledgeable tour guides (Carmen and Beth). We will be going back.
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It was fabulous! The guide was entertaining and informative. My husband and I will go back in the summer to see the gardens.
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In 1928 the famous stage-acting couple Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt declared that from then on they would only appear onstage together. They also refused to act during the summer so they could spend the season at Ten Chimneys—their 60-acre estate retreat in the rolling hills of Kettle Moraine. Alfred had begun the construction himself in 1914, designing the first part of the three-story main house. In 1922 he and Lynn, newly married, began making additions: they converted the house's chicken coop into a private five-room country cottage and built a Swedish-style log cabin for use as a performance studio. Here, they lived and entertained a revolving cast of actors, writers, and artists until their retirement in 1960.

Today, trained docents lead small groups on tours through the cottage, the studio, and the main house's 18 rooms. Some of these confines bear unique titles such as the Flirtation Room, whereas others are named for past guests Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, and Noël Coward. Guides divulge the history behind many of the eclectic artifacts found there, such as Staffordshire figurines, pre-Civil War oil lamps, and Delft china, and reveal details about more personal pieces such as handmade gifts from Helen Hayes and Noël Coward, photographs with Charlie Chaplin, and murals painted by set designer Claggett Wilson. Outside, they lead visitors past a creamery and greenhouse, and point out a copper mermaid—designed and crafted by Cecil Beaton—that sits atop the estate's pool house to scare away sailors.

Throughout the year, Ten Chimneys hosts special theater-centric events. Play readings held in partnership with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater showcase the theater's interns as they read works connected to the Lunts or guests at their estate. During Music in the Drawing Room, cabaret artists from around the country gather around Noël Coward's historic piano to perform for small crowds and confuse unprepared time travelers. The estate also invites well-known local or national theater practitioners for a guest-speaker series inspired by the theater-minded talks that took place at the Lunts’ dining table.

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