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By Joanne Kempinger Demski
Special to the Journal Sentinel
June 12, 2010

This man's home on Kilbourn Ave. truly is his castle

They say a man's home is his castle. For Jim Dieter, it's not an exaggeration.

He's the relatively new owner of a German Baroque-style mansion that is often referred to as the Castle on Kilbourn.

Built for German businessman Joseph Kalvelage in 1896, it was patterned after a castle in Dresden, Germany, and was originally named Kalvelage Schloss (Castle Kalvelage).

Even though Dieter has lived in his home for five years, he's still struck by its grandness when he walks in the front door.

"I'm always so impressed when I come in and see the coffered ceilings, all the wood trim, the stained glass. It's one of the grandest homes I've ever seen," he said.

"I see it as a privilege not many people have, to live in a house like this. Sometimes I don't think about me living here, but of being a caretaker of the property."

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