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 Company which is now known as Case New Holland. Robert H Baker was mayor of Racine in 1874. Emily only lived there a year before passing away. The house was then acquired by Alexander J. Horlick of Horlick Malted Milk Company in 1905 and lived their until his death in 1950. 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 the St. Luke's School of Nursing for 35 years. The Christmas House received its name in 1987 when it became host to the annual Christmas House for Cancer Benefit that was held annually from 1987 - 1995. Today it is a beautiful bed and breakfast and great venue for your next family gathering, fundraiser or corporate event. Stepping into our house is like receiving a warm hug. You will let the stress of life fall away and enjoy yourself in the great attractions and activities that fill Racine County and our Downtown Racine.