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912 Spaight Street


Welcome to 912 Spaight Street! Homeowners Bob and Ellie live in this Victorian style home with their cat.

Bob is an Architect with a well-established history of renovating historical buildings, so he and Ellie decided to manage the entire renovation process. The inspiration for this dramatic renovation and addition was a memorial to Bob and Ellie’s parents’. Before the renovation, Bob and Ellie envisioned a "rustic resort style", because their family likes to ski at Cascade Mountain and the rustic look fits their lifestyle.

Bob and Ellie purchased the home ten years ago for their son, who attended the doctorate program at UW Madison. After their son moved out of the house, Bob and Ellie decided to relocate from Oak Park, IL to Madison and live in the house. Ellie retired from teaching after 33 years and Bob liked the idea of moving his architectural business to Madison.




The original home had an outhouse, asbestos siding, and no driveway. Though the outhouse was replaced years ago, some of the original features weren’t acceptable to Bob and Ellie so Bob drafted new architectural plans. The home was constructed in 1885 and it included some features that would be used for the renovation.

Great expense and time were invested in this home, but Bob and Ellie moved forward without hesitation. They really loved the location near Lake Monona and the home’s significant history. Famed Artist Georgia O’Keefe occupied their second story bedroom! Her artwork still adorns the walls.

During the two year renovation process, the following projects were completed: