Chicago Architect R. Michael Graham of Liederbach & Graham Architects LLP designed the buildings and Bruce Fox of Bruce Fox Design handled the interior styling. Scholl Construction assisted the primary commercial contractor on the project by constructing two of the many buildings on the site – the tennis house and the boat house. Each building had its own unique features.
The tennis house includes an indoor tennis court with ivy-covered walls, basketball court, workout center, full commercial kitchen, a sitting room with a fireplace, sleeping quarters and a full spa complete with sauna and large whirlpool soaking tub. The wood used to construct the intricate railing and beams in the sleeping quarters, doors and other woodwork in the building was hewn from trees taken down on the property and sent to an Amish community to be milled and dried. The extensive custom woodwork created from that locally sourced wood enriches the warmth of the building to provide the old-fashioned yet up-to-date comfort of a mid-century Wisconsin retreat.
Construction of the boat house was truly one-of-a-kind. It was actually built in sections offsite and delivered to the site to be assembled. It was put in place using a crane with the Scholl Construction team on hand to supervise and complete the project. The unique building technique meant the boat house was under roof in just two days, ready to become the sporting center for the retreat.
The entire project was profiled in Architectural Digest in May 2018. The project was also featured in the Northwest Herald in January 2011.