Who We Are
Kenosha Parks Association was formed in 1906 with the aim to develop an extensive park and beach system throughout the City of Kenosha. However, outside Library Park, land that had been donated to the City was largely undeveloped.
The Southport Beach House was built as a Works Progress Administration project from 1936 to 1940. The WPA grant enabled the City to provide work for unemployed workers during the Great Depression, and led to the creation of many of the parks buildings still in use today throughout Kenosha County.
City of Kenosha Architect Chris Borggren, designed the Southport Beach House. He created a unique structure using salvaged materials from the former Bain Wagon Works Company, slate from the Chicago and Northwestern Depot in Racine, and marble from the old Kenosha Post Office.
On January 8, 2003, this beautiful lakefront "mansion" on the shore of Lake Michigan was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can view the historic background and building exterior and interior description in it's entirety here --->