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.