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A Step Back In Time

The Christmas House was built in 1893 by Emily Baker, Robert H. Baker's widow who was one of the “Big Four” original partners of J.I.Case Co. Robert H Baker was mayor of Racine in 1874. Mrs. Baker only lived there a year before passing away. The house was then acquired by Alexander J. Horlick of Horlick Malted Milk Company in 1905. Horace Benstead Sr. purchased the home in 1950 and named the house Benstead Hall after his Mother, Henrietta Benstead. He then donated the home to St. Lukes Hospital for the nursing school program. It ran as the women’s dorm for 35 years. It then became the private residence for the President of St. Luke’s Hospital. The Christmas House received its name in 1985 when it became host to the annual Christmas House for Cancer Benefit that was held annually from 1985 - 1997.

About Christmas House Racine

About Its Style

This house was built in the Colonial Revival Style but has the irregular plan of the Queen Anne Style. The building incorporates such classical details as a Palladian window in the gambrel roof, dentils at the eave and cornice line and interrupted shell motifs above the dormers. On the porch you will see groupings of classical columns and garland ornaments along the frieze. The front door is surrounded by an elliptical fanlight and sidelights of leaded glass. There is lovely parquet flooring throughout the house. There is a lovely Cherrywood coffered ceiling in the library. The fireplace tile in the dining room is auberdine.

This beautiful estate now hosts a Bed and Breakfast that features warm hospitality, four elegant suites, private baths, meeting/event space and a delicious breakfast. Whether it is a relaxing stay or fun out on the town you are seeking, the Christmas House has it. The main floor can accommodate small events such as weddings, parties, showers and small receptions.

The Carriage House

Also located on the property, the original Carriage House, is now a three bedroom, two bath vacation home. It is fully furnished and can be used for a longer term rental. It has central air, cable and WIFI. The Carriage House has a wonderful view of the gardens and also has a private balcony and lake views. Because this property is separate from the Christmas House, it gives the guest a more private experience.
About Christmas House Racine