History

Running the Reds

Enjoy excerpts from the soon-to-be released book, Running the Reds, which offers a glimpse into the vital work of the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol.

A Timeless Place

A collection of cottages on the shores of Delavan Lake, known as Assembly Park, is more than just a neighborhood — it’s a community steeped in history and cherished traditions.

Educating the Irish

Faced with discrimination, residents of the Irish Woods petitioned for their own school district in 1857. A year later, they had a one-room, wooden schoolhouse all to themselves — the Woods School.

From The Ground Up

In the early 20th century, Edward C. Reinert and Herman Malsch helped build many of the Lake Geneva landmarks we know today.

Lake Geneva Neighbors

Many of Chicago’s philanthropic powerhouses escaped the city to summer at their opulent homes on Geneva Lake’s north shore.

A Sense of Community

Harvard Club is quite possibly the oldest camp or club on Geneva Lake. Today, Harvard Club continues to bring generations of families together.

A Window To The Past

Once upon a time, small town department stores were as much a gathering place as they were a retail establishment. An anchor before the term “anchor store” was coined, their presence paved the way for other businesses in historic downtown districts.

Architect of Timeless Grace

For those who appreciate historic estates with a genteel classical influence, the Lake Geneva homes designed by the Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw may prove to be the homes that truly steal their hearts.

In Her Own Words

Alma Schmidt Petersen, an heir to Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva, pens her thoughts while traveling in Europe at the onset of WWI.

Reviving Penwern

Dedicated homeowners have lovingly restored the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Penwern estate on Delavan Lake.