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The Wermager House

240 W Prospect St, Hartford, , 53027 Property Website Dated Posted: April 17, 2014


Lori Foulke

Circa 1957

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Off-marketIncredible open concept Mid-Century Modern showcase. Designed by Emil Abendroth in 1956, the Wermager House exudes retro cool: iconic butterfly roof, dramatic vaulted ceilings, slate entry, massive stone fireplace, walls of windows that bring the outside in. Live & entertain in Mad Men style in this sophisticated Atomic Ranch loaded with original architectural character. This home sits on a large .39 acre corner lot just blocks from downtown.
The Peter and Adeline Wermager house is an excellent example of Midwestern Contemporary architecture (aka an Atomic Ranch or Mid-Century Modern) with a nod to International style.
Mr. Wermager was a Vice President at Broan Manufacturing, which produced kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans and heaters for the residential market (and still does). The post-WWII housing boom created increased demand for Broan products and the need for a larger production facility. As a result, the company moved from its location in downtown Milwaukee to the city of Hartford in 1956.
The Wermagers were influenced by the contemporary Milwaukee architectural scene and brought an MCM sensibility to Hartford, creating a home that can only be described as a local show-stopper.
Hartford has a regional arts center, auto museum, libraries and more. 5 miles to hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest as well as a public beach, boating and fishing at the adjoining 460-acre Pike Lake. It is 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

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