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Hartford in Washington County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Westphal Mansion Inn

City of Hartford, Wisconsin

 
 
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Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, August 18, 2013
1. Westphal Mansion Inn Marker
Inscription.  This stately mansion was built be August and Mary (Schott) Westphal in 1913, on a triangular lot overlooking downtown historic Hartford. The home of brick and stucco is English Tudor style. The interior is finished with golden oak and birch woodwork, plaster-carved moldings, a grand staircase, and originally was heated with hot water. A three-foot deep concrete fountain was built in front of the mansion in 1917 on the triangle at Branch and South Main Streets.

August Westphal was well known in the state and nationally as the “Cheese King” and one of the largest cheese manufacturers in Wisconsin. He owned and operated more than 50 cheese factories and built the condensery in Hartford. His cheese won many awards and was shipped abroad. In 1919, a large shipment of Swiss block cheese, consisting of 170,000 lbs., was sent to Norway. Condensed milk was sent to England for use by the American Army, a quantity that would last for the next two years. Later, the condensery was sold to Kraft Cheese Company.

Landmarks Commission
Washington County, Wisconsin

 
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2008 by Landmarks Commission Washington County, Wisconsin. (Marker Number 07-002.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
 
Location. 43° 18.973′ N, 88° 22.726′ W. Marker is in Hartford, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Branch Street (Wisconsin Highway 83), on the left when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 90 S Main Street, Hartford WI 53027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Willard R. Amidon Home (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lohr’s Gas Station (about 500 feet away); “Kissel” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schwartz Family House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Schwartz Ballroom (approx. 0.4 miles away); Arrival of European Descendants (approx. 3.4 miles away); Unwritten History of Wisconsin (approx. 3.4 miles away); St. Lawrence Church (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hartford.
 
Westphal Mansion Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, August 18, 2013
2. Westphal Mansion Inn Marker
Mansion with fountain in foreground
Westphal Mansion Inn image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, August 18, 2013
3. Westphal Mansion Inn
Branch Street entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 19, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.

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