ELLISON BAY, WI (October 3, 2013) - Ellison Bay Manor, at 35,000 square feet the largest private residence in Wisconsin, will be the showcase house in the annual Northern Door Children’s Center Holiday Home Tour, Thanksgiving weekend November 29-December 1, 2013. Northern Door Children’s Center, a private not-for-profit early childhood learning facility in Sister Bay, WI, will also feature four other exceptional Door County residences and a local church.
Four local home owners have generously offered their houses for the tour. The Julison Family’s Trillium Gap Cottage in Egg Harbor, the lovely Cyr Family home, also in Egg Harbor, the historic Schaupp Family house, formerly owned by artist Martha Cherry, in Ephraim, and the unique Covotsos Family log home in Ellison Bay.
Each of these Door County homes offer special, individual features, such as historic significance, artistic displays, architectural distinctiveness, and special holiday events. Sister Bay First Baptist Church, first founded in 1877, is the site of the Holiday Home Tour Bake Shoppe. Guests can purchase home made baked goods to enjoy.
Ellison Bay Manor was completed in 1996 by former owner, philanthropist Judith Blazer. It is a 43-room mansion on 100 acres overlooking the waters of Green Bay in Door County. The home was designed in a French Chateau style. It has appeared in venues such as Architectural Digest and HGTV’s Front Room. The heirs to the Frank Spitzer Estate are the current owners and have opened it for fundraising events in the Door County community. They placed The Manor on the market with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. The entire estate, surrounding properties, and contents are available for $8,750,000.
The exterior is adorned with native Door County fieldstone. The interior includes features such as a double stair case in the grand entryway modeled after Gone With the Wind, an indoor pool and sauna, 14 person whirlpool, 5000 square foot master suite with his and hers bathrooms and 1000 square feet of closet space, 10 bathrooms, eight fireplaces, an elevator, guest suites that include a galley kitchen, a two-story library modeled after the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina complete with spiral stairway, and a 14-person movie theater with ticket counter and concession stand.
Northern Door Children’s Center is offering tours of all five homes Friday November 29th from 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturday November 30th 10:00-4:00 pm, with additional, lengthier tours of Ellison Bay Manor only, available on Sunday December 1st, 10:00am-2:00 pm. A Bake Shoppe with delicious homemade baked goods for sale will be held at the First Baptist Church in Sister Bay on Friday night and Saturday.
Tickets for the complete tour will be available on October 1, 2013 at a cost of $35.00 when purchased before November 23. Tickets purchased after the 23rd are $40. Tickets for the tours of Ellison Bay Manor only on Sunday December 1 will be $35.00. A trolley reservation is required to tour the Ellison Bay Manor all three days. For more information about how to purchase tickets with locations and directions to the homes, please call (920) 854-4244. Proceeds from this event will help Northern Door Children’s Center put a much-needed new roof on the facility.