By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Oct 03, 2023 at 1:00 PM

Last week, we shared news that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bogk House, 2420 N. Terrace Ave., on Milwaukee's East Side is listed for sale for $1.5 million.

I recently updated that article with a photo of a real estate ad from 1955 when the house was last listed for sale – plus a bit more about who the Bogks were.


But on Tuesday – what would have been the 100th birthday of the late Robert Elsner, Jr., husband and father of current owner Barbara Elsner and Margaret Howland, respectively – I got a chance to go inside the house.

Because I want you to be able to see how gorgeous this 1916-7 Prairie Style masterpiece is, here are some photos of the house...



Reading and piano nook

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Living room

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Dining room

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Pelican fountain

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Front windows

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Built-in bookcases



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Frank Lloyd Wright letter

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Bonus exterior detail

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For more details on the house, read this story. To see the full listing from properties elleven Christie’s International Real Estate, click here.

Click here to see a cool three-dimensional scan of the house.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.