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July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tour this recently renovated 1855 home located on Bradley Road in the former Town of Granville! The 1,850-square-foot home was purchased as a bank owned foreclosure in February by T’Angelo McNair and his business partners.

Bobby Tanzilo, author and OnMilwaukee’s Senior Editor/Writer, will join us to share the history of this home. T’Angelo McNair, the property developer and owner of All Service Contracting, will lead tours of the home.

About the House (from Bobby Tanzilo’s OnMilwaukee article): 

The home was built by Isaac Leister, who came to Milwaukee from Franconia, Pennsylvania with his older brother Charles in 1839. The two bought 160 acres of land in the nascent Town of Granville, where settlers (many from Pennsylvania) were arriving to set up farmsteads and build churches, including Salem Lutheran Church in 1847. The limestone Greek Revival farmhouse was constructed in 1855. The walls are limestone ashlar and the floor joists and roof rafters are all hand-hewn oak tied together with mortise and tenon. Isaac’s house was locally designated in 1983.

In 1944, Walter Leister, a grandson of Issac and Lovina, sold the house and land to Willard J. Langenohl, who moved lived there with his wife and four children, for $2,500. Langenohl was an amateur carpenter and he left his mark all over the house. Many of those marks remain and will remain. The house today is as much a Langenohl legacy as a Leister one, as the former totally renovated the home.

Read the full articles:
Urban spelunking: The 1855 Isaac Leister House, soon to be on the market
1855 Leister house in finished and back on the market

Bobby Tanzilo is the author of eight books, six of them on Milwaukee history. He is senior editor and writer at OnMilwaukee, where he has a popular series of stories about history and architecture called Urban Spelunking. A Radio Milwaukee podcast of the same name and based on those stories is the station’s most downloaded.

Location

Isaac Leister House
11142 W Bradley Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53224 United States
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