• The Black Point Historic Preserve, Inc. The Black Point Historic Preserve, Inc.


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Mission Statement

The Black Point Historic Preserve, Inc. immerses visitors in an historic and relatable experience of privileged lake life otherwise unseen by the general public as it preserves and enhances the Black Point estate better connecting the community to its history.


The Lake Geneva area has served as a resort community since just after the Civil War when many wealthy Chicagoans relocated to the area while their homes and place of business were being rebuilt as a result of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Many chose to stay in the area full-time, while others built mansions and vacation homes for summer use.

Today, Black Point is considered to have one of the most intact collections of Victorian furniture in the Midwest. The property covers nearly eight acres and 620 feet of undisturbed Geneva Lake shoreline. This historic treasure encapsulates over a century of life on Lake Geneva. The 20-room Queen Ann style Victorian "cottage" has been continually owned by the Seipp Family for the last 120 years. Learn how a German immigrant grew to become one of Chicago’s elite beer barons and how his family spent their summers at Black Point. From our original glass tile fireplaces to our first edition Uncle Tom you will see amazing antiques, architecture, collections, and personal belongings through history.

Come experience Lake Geneva... as it was.



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Would you recommend The Black Point Historic Preserve, Inc.?

by Yvonne S. (2010-06-05 18:15:38.0)
I toured Black Point before it was officially a Historic Preserve. It was awesome. Just like taking a step back in time.