This 1905 'cottage' is associated with Black Point
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At one time, this former home of the Bartholomay family was part of the Black Point Estate. The house was built in 1905 at the direction of Catherina Seipp, widow of Conrad Seipp Sr.
She used this house, called The Cottage, in the spring and fall. During the summer, because of the large number of guests at Black Point, she gave it to one of the Seipp families.
Catherina died on Jan. 1, 1920. The estate was then purchased by her three daughters, Emma Seipp Schmidt, Clara Seipp Bartholomay and Elsa Seipp Madlener. Elsa gave up her portion of the estate the next year. She and her husband, Albert, bought an adjoining property.
In 1940, Clara and Emma divided the property. Clara took The Cottage and Emma had Black Point. Clara married Henry Bartholomay Jr. on July 12, 1894. The wedding took place at Black Point. According to some family history, 34 guests were present.
That was the first of four weddings of the Seipp family at Black Point.
A news article from 1936 in the Lake Geneva Regional News stated that Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bartholomay were both active in the Lake Geneva Garden Club. He was known for his gladioli, both in their size and range of color. The house stayed in the family for many years.
It no longer is a part of the Seipp/Bartholomay family.
The name Bartholomay may sound familiar. William C. Bartholomay was part of the seven-person syndicate who bought the Milwaukee Braves in 1962. He was a grandson of Clara.
It is usually not possible to see this home from any of the public roads or the Geneva Lake public path. However, if you take a tour of Black Point, you may be given a glimpse of the house as you are taken on the outdoor portion of the tour. Call Gage Marine for tour information.