Wisconsin Historical Society: Ruth St. John and John Dunham West House and Gardens Listed on the State Register of Historic Places

Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Historical Society announces the inclusion of the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West House and Gardens in Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, on the State Register of Historic Places. State Historic Preservation Officer Daina Penkiunas provides testimony to Robert P. Fay, Gail L. Fox and Traci Schell.

Ruth St. has been added. John and John Dunham West House and Gardens to the State Register for its association with Ruth St. John West. Although she had no academic knowledge of horticulture or gardening, she turned her home, West Lake, into “the largest and most elaborate privately owned garden in Wisconsin.” It was directly associated with the creation of several garden clubs in the area. As a widely known garden expert, she has also traveled throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest for hundreds of lectures and demonstrations on gardening, gardening, flower arranging, table setting, and the home.

Ruth St. was built. John and John Dunham West House in 1934 and designed by the couple in the Streamline Moderne style. Over time, the property expanded, as did the spacious gardens in the well-manicured landscape. The gardens were highlighted with colorful flowers and tulip tees and garden tours were held to raise funds for local organizations. Today, the property is operated by the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation, Inc. , which continues the enthusiasm of the West for gardening.

The State Registry is Wisconsin’s official list of state properties identified to be of interest to Wisconsin’s heritage. The State Historic Preservation Office of the Wisconsin Historical Society manages both the State Register and the National Register of Wisconsin.

To learn more about Wisconsin’s state and national registry programs, visit: www.wisconsinhistory.org.

About the Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and diverse historical societies in the state. As a government agency and private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect with the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people each year through a wide variety of sites, programs, and services. For more information, visit wisconsinhistory.org.

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