Joe Libnoch's House
Armin C. Frank House, built in 1922
Architect: Armin C. Frank (Peacock & Frank)
Built in 1922, this house was described by Richard Perrin as "characteristic of Armin Frank’s best combination of French Provincial and English Medieval architecture carried out in stucco and
brick with half-timber accents." According to this author the "plan of the house is exceptionally well articulated and scale and proportion are excellent."
Armin Frank (1894-1947) architect and son of Dr. Louis Frank, returned from World War I service, and designed this home for himself and his wife Elsie Epsy of Savannah, Georgia. His sister, Louise Ott, lived on Kenilworth Place.
The house belonged to Ernst and Anna Jung from 1925-1927, and then became the thirty-seven year residence of Dr. Arthur J. and Bertha Patek. Dr. Patek was one of Milwaukee’s distinguished specialists in internal Medicine. In 1971 the interior layout was converted in order to accommodate a two-family residence.
In the Pompeii Room (where the piano is located), there used to be windows where the bookcases are today. The windows were taken away because the house was simply too cold in the winter.Throughout the house, there is a lot of interaction between the house and the outdoors. Big windows, balconies, focus on the backyard.
Joe Libnoch moved into this home in 1994. A love for architecture and academia explains his fascination with homes in the neighborhood. Working at the V.A. grounds as a physician did not leave much time for recreation. Now retired, Mr Libnoch likes to give his time to his neighborhood organizations, including the Friends of Villa Terrace and the North Point Light House Friends.
Maps and Locations
- Perrin, Richard W. E., Milwaukee Landmarks, (Milwaukee: Milwaukee Public Museum, 1979).
- Plans measured and drawn by BLC field school students.