Mansion on Lake Geneva, the Driehaus estate sold for 36 million dollars

The Driehaus estate in Lake Geneva sold for $36 million, making it the most expensive home sale in Wisconsin state history.

The Chicago Tribune reported that J. Christopher Reyes and his wife, Anne, are the buyers for the 14,145 square foot mansion which sits on 40 acres along Lake Geneva.

The $36 million sale on Jan. 17 makes the estate, built in 1906 by Harris Bank owners, the most expensive home in Wisconsin, according to

The home at W3505 Snake Road has 13 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and five half bathrooms. It was listed by David Curry with Geneva Lakefront Realty.

“I was pleased to be part of a sale that once again proves that Lake Geneva is the premier vacation home market in the entire Midwest,” Curry said in an emailed statement.

The grand hall of the Driehaus estate leads to the great room with 30 foot ceilings.

The Estate’s Great Room has 30 foot ceilings and 13 fireplaces are found throughout the house.

Additional property structures include a four-bedroom guest house, a carriage house, staff offices, a boathouse, an area called “the children’s village” and more.

Landscaping for the historic property was done by the Olmsted brothers, sons of landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York, the Capitol Grounds in Washington DC, and Milwaukee’s Lake Park.

The landscape of the Driehaus estate includes ponds, gardens, paths and perches designed by the Olmsted brothers.

The house has had many prestigious owners, including Walden Shaw, famous for starting the Yellow Taxi Cab Company in Chicago; and his son-in-law Daniel Peterkin Jr., president of Morton Salt Co.

The previous owner was fund manager, businessman and philanthropist Richard Driehaus, who named the property Glanworth Gardens. The property was listed in October 2021 after Driehaus died in March of that year.

Curry would not comment on the identity of the owners. The Tribune reported that Reyes is co-chairman of Rosemont-based private beer and food distribution company Reyes Holdings.

Forbes lists Reyes’ net worth at $7.1 billion.

Jordyn Noennig covers Wisconsin culture and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram @JordynTaylor_n. Find her on Twitter @JordynTNoennig. Call her at 262-446-6601 or email [email protected]

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