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Alta Vista Estate

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 12 September 2018 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This massive lakefront estate was built in 1919 for Colonel William N. Pelouze, the founder of the Pelouze Scale and Balance Company. At the height of their success, Pelouze scales were used exclusively by the United State Postal Department. The home you see pictured above is actually the second Alta Vista.

The original Alta Vista Lakefront Mansion was built for Orrin Potter in 1881. Mr. Potter was a brilliant businessman who merged the Union and Illinois Steel companies. He is credited with bringing the iron and steel industry from Pennsylvania to the Midwest. The original Alta Vista estate was a beautiful Victorian and was destroyed in a fire in 1919, just after being purchased by the Pelouze family.

More recently, this lakefront Lake Geneva property was owned by the Vick family, famous for Vick Pharmaceuticals. You probably have a jar of their famous Vicks Vapor Rub stashed away at home.

Alta Vista is one of the most talked about lakefront estates on Lake Geneva.

Photo captured on July 8, 2018.

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Magnificent building and place to live

12 Sep 2018 5:05am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Gorgeous view.

12 Sep 2018 5:10am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

So balanced image

12 Sep 2018 5:11am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Tout en largeur cette villa et ces deux abri à bateaux et la végétation splendide.
Belle journée

12 Sep 2018 6:09am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Merci pour ce moment d'histoire et la photo de ce très beau manoir.
Bonne journée Steven

12 Sep 2018 6:18am

Ginnie from Netherlands

That is quite the spread, Steven. WOW. I'm getting my education here....

12 Sep 2018 6:29am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un superbe domaine

12 Sep 2018 7:51am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Very impressive . . and, yes, I'm sure I have some 'Vic's' somewhere !

12 Sep 2018 9:17am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Oh, so gorgeous estate !

12 Sep 2018 9:28am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors & lights!
Lovely house.

12 Sep 2018 9:28am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Obviously plenty of money in weighing :) Excellent square on architectural capture

12 Sep 2018 10:01am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Magnificent - you can say that again. What a beautiful home!

12 Sep 2018 10:01am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A superb building. Your information on the owners, past and present is really interesting. 5*

12 Sep 2018 11:04am

Marc from Granby, Canada

Magnifique endroit sûrement avec une belle vue!

12 Sep 2018 12:19pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Gorgeous architectural shot.

12 Sep 2018 12:21pm

willy from Belgium

Vicks.. toujours bien connu chez nous Steven

quelle belle propriété

une excellente vue Steven


12 Sep 2018 12:33pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I do have some Vicks! What a magnificent estate along the water. Beautifully composed.

12 Sep 2018 1:39pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Un très bel endroit, une prise superbe.

12 Sep 2018 1:54pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very handsome estate, perfectly presented here.

12 Sep 2018 2:00pm

Bill from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Impressive building. Appreciated the background info :)

12 Sep 2018 2:24pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A Fantastic picture of this classic looking home. It’s relation to the scale industry is very interesting.

12 Sep 2018 3:13pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

a very elegant structure

12 Sep 2018 3:42pm

Remus from Portugal

Without a doubt, a beautiful palatial house.

12 Sep 2018 5:15pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

c'est une belle recherche

12 Sep 2018 6:01pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Such a good position overlooking the lake!

12 Sep 2018 7:32pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is totally amazing! An exquisite estate with such an interesting history. This is a gorgeous image!

12 Sep 2018 9:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A truly huge and beautiful house. The cost of maintaining a house that big most be enormous.

12 Sep 2018 9:41pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

What a phenomenal and beautiful, building!!! I LOVE this...And In one of my many former jobs, we had Pelouze scales around in the Warehouse of the construction (Power Plant) jobs I worked on many years ago....Beautiful,sir!

12 Sep 2018 10:32pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada


13 Sep 2018 2:02am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

magnifique building , well done !

13 Sep 2018 5:49am

Sam from Chennai, India

Magnificent house alongside the lake. Amazing. :)

13 Sep 2018 10:37am

Elizabeth Buckalew from United States

Wow! Now that's something! The architecture reminds me a bit of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO.

17 Sep 2018 12:23am