Fairlawn among top 20 picks for historic homes in WisconsinThe Wisconsin Historical Society has picked 20 homes as stellar examples of the state’s history including one in Superior. Each home’s story is in a just-released book.
By: By Camisha Montgomery/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The Wisconsin Historical Society has picked 20 homes as stellar examples of the state’s history including one in Superior.
Each home’s story is in a just-released book.
Authors Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman and the Wisconsin Historical Society teamed up to look for historical homes in Wisconsin. Criteria included architecture, diversity, history and it had to tell a great story.
Fairlawn Mansion passed that test.
“Superior in Fairlawn is such a dynamic story, it is very representative of a Queen Ann Victorian, it has all of the elements and it has a wonderful story, and besides, there wasn’t another house in the book that could have, would have allowed us to have a photograph of Babe Ruth sitting on the front steps with all the kids of what was then a house for children,” Wasserman said.
Fairlawn Mansion Director Susan Anderson says after owner Grace Pattison left the area in 1920, she left Fairlawn to the City of Superior Children’s home.
“If you think about that period of time there were two World Wars, and the great flu epidemic, and the Great Depression, and so many things that tore families apart and made perhaps parents unable to care for their children for a short or long period of time, and those children found their way to Fairlawn where they could be cared for until they could be reunited with their families.”
Wasserman says owner and former Superior Mayor Martin Pattison wanted Fairlawn to represent the people and beauty of Superior.
“He built his house where he built it, as visible as he could because it was part of an emblem of what he hoped, thought, and wished superior would be.”
The book is called “Wisconsin’s own 20 Remarkable Homes”. It’s published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.