Stewart Dempsey studied horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He works as a garden designer and is a business owner. Moreover, Mr. Dempsey is an art admirer and a collector of antiques. In his free time he likes to read in the library and play the piano.
Dempsey displayed his love for historic preservation when he decided to move into the Washington Park neighborhood. He remembers that his current residence was in ruins when he bought this property. However, he saw great potential in the building. Over the years Dempsey and his partner have carefully restored this house to its past glory. In a newspaper article Dempsey reflected, "Even in the dilapidated state it was in when we first saw it, we could see the original details were still here... It was easy to envision the original floor plan."
He worked with children from his neighborhood block, often helping them repair their bikes. In return, the kids became more respectful towards him and protective towards his property. They appreciated that someone was paying attention to them. Stewart believes that mutual respect and caring is a positive force that is beneficial for the neighborhood.
Gardening is his favorite hobby. He really enjoys it when there are people over during numerous garden tours and open house events showcasing his home.
Mr. Stewart Dempsey, interview by Phyllis Reske, June 2014.
House's long history shines through after lengthy renovation," Journal Sentinel, August 9, 2013.
Stewart Dempsey describes the charms of his historic home.
Stewart talks about his favorite places and hobbies.
Stewart Dempsey explains what makes this house home.