Abele Wants to Tear House Down

It’s his house. He owns it. He can do what he wants with it and all of these other folks can butt the heck out.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has always been one to do his own thing.

And he’s doing it again with his plans to tear down a historic mansion at 3534 N. Lake Drive in Shorewood — over the objections of the family that sold him the house late last year for $2.6 million.

“This was not shared with us in any way,” said Sarah Hambrook, whose parents, George W. and J. Ann Hambrook, moved out Dec. 31 after Abele purchased the 9,762-square-foot home on a 2.5-acre site along Lake Michigan.


Robert Dean, head of the Shorewood Historical Society, said the house is considered an extremely important residence in his community. The property was advertised last year as having eight bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a four-car garage

“This is a bombshell,” Dean said of the demolition permit application. “I don’t think this is going to fly well in Shorewood.”