We are back for another stop on our tour of historical estates and mansions that surround Geneva Lake in southeastern Wisconsin.
|Postcard (public domain)|
There is so much that could be said about Loramoor, the once-large estate on the lake’s south shore that first began as an elegant getaway for the James R. Moore family. It later became a monastery during which time an addition was added for sleeping rooms. In more recent years, it became a subdivided property with only the out buildings from the original estate still in existence by being repurposed into homes.
The Moores had summered for two years on the lake,
staying in a rented cottage, then after an interruption
when he tended to his suddenly failing company,
|James R. Moore|
Moore was an avid horseman and one of the outbuildings was a large stable with apartments on the second floor for the men who took care of the horses. Other buildings included farm cottages, a gardener’s house, a laundry house, a pump house, and many others.
The horse barn (above) was large enough to stable 60 horses at one time. The brass-trimmed stalls were made of oak, and the floors were covered with wicker mats.
The main house was V-shaped, allowing every room (27 in total) to have a view of the lake, even those on the third floor.
After the failure of Diamond Match, Moore and his business partner brothers went on to form the National Biscuit Company.
|Leaving the estate one would go under the arch with the gatehouse above|
The repurposed horse stable is now on the market and you can take a virtual tour of the home by going to the Realtor's video https://youtu.be/A3Mbkj6f_zM .
If you had a chance to time travel back to the early 1900s would you like to spend time at a large estate like Loramoor or would you prefer to stay put in 2017 and live a contemporary home like the horse stable is now?
References; Information and pictures: Lake Geneva: Newport of the West; Ann Wolfmeyer and Betsy Burns Gage; 1976.
Discover Lake Geneva: Gage Marine; 2007
Pamela S. Meyers lives in northern Illinois with her two rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Second Chance Love, and Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (a reissue of Love Finds You in Lake Geneva). Her novellas include: What Lies Ahead, in The Bucket List Dare collection, and If These Walls Could Talk, in Coming Home: A Tiny House Collection. When she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Midwestern spots for new story ideas.