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Preserving Our Past

A regular feature about the historically significant buildings in Whitefish Bay

Oct. 31, 2008


The Gordon and Ruth Nelson Home


5685 N. Consaul Place, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217

5685 N. Consaul Place

The Consaul family were among the earliest known residents of the area that eventually became Whitefish Bay. The Consaul farmland occupied approximately 30 acres in the heart of the Village, extending from Lake Michigan to present day Santa Monica Boulevard, and from Silver Spring Drive north to Lake View Avenue. In addition to farming, several members of the family fished the bay and provided whitefish to area restaurants, including the Whitefish Bay Resort.

In 1921, Gordon N. and Ruth E. Nelson built this home at 5685 N. Consaul Place on former Consaul farmland. Ruth was the great-granddaughter of William, the original Consaul family settler. Her mother was Susannah (Consaul) Marsh, daughter of William H. Consaul.

The architectural style of the residence can probably be best described as in the vernacular.


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About "Preserving Our Past"

The Village of Whitefish Bay is a community of residential neighborhoods, punctuated with an attractive walking district of fine stores, excellent schools and vibrant houses of worship. It is filled with homes and other buildings that are architecturally rich, well-designed and maintained, and diverse in character.

Its residents have contributed much to the broad cultural, political, economic and social history of the area. And its residents are interested in maintaining their connections with an historic past.

To help maintain these connections, the Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of identifying buildings and historic sites that it believes may be architecturally significant or historic. On a weekly basis we will feature a building or site from our inventory.


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