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History

Stay on Purpose, Make Your Mark
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History

Stay on Purpose, Make Your Mark
Warren and Kate Cartier

First family


Warren & Kate Cartier started construction on this home in November of 1903. The project
would take 18 months for it to be completed and in May 1905, they moved in. Warren grew up
in the Victorian house across the street from the Mansion and his father was one of the early
Lumber Barons of Ludington. The third of eight children, Warren attended Notre Dame
University in Indiana and came back with a degree in Civil Engineering. He played football at
Notre Dame, and Cartier Field, which is their practice field today, was named after him after a nice donation to his alma mater. He went into business with his father and they both were much more than just lumber barons. They owned the first telephone company in town, banks, a car dealership, a department store, and a watch case manufacturing company. They both were mayors of Ludington with one being a republican and the other a democrat.

This Neoclassical home was considered a modern house and still is today. The outside brick on
both the main house and the carriage house was imported from France into the harbor of
Ludington.

The main rooms in the home are all decorated with different wood types and style. The Front
Hall and Grand Staircase are outfitted in red oak, the Conservatory room is mahogany, the
Front Parlor is cherry, Dining Room American sycamore, and Library has black walnut.
Warren and Kate Cartier

First family


Warren & Kate Cartier started construction on this home in November of 1903. The project
would take 18 months for it to be completed and in May 1905, they moved in. Warren grew up
in the Victorian house across the street from the Mansion and his father was one of the early Lumber Barons of Ludington. The third of eight children, Warren attended Notre Dame
University in Indiana and came back with a degree in Civil Engineering. He played football at Notre Dame, and Cartier Field, which is their practice field today, was named after him after a nice donation to his alma mater. He went into business with his father and they both were much more than just lumber barons. They owned the first telephone company in town, banks, a car dealership, a department store, and a watch case manufacturing company. They both were mayors of Ludington with one being a republican and the other a democrat.

This Neoclassical home was considered a modern house and still is today. The outside brick on
both the main house and the carriage house was imported from France into the harbor of
Ludington.

The main rooms in the home are all decorated with different wood types and style. The Front
Hall and Grand Staircase are outfitted in red oak, the Conservatory room is mahogany, the
Front Parlor is cherry, Dining Room American sycamore, and Library has black walnut.
The Schoenbergers

Second family


The Schoenberger's purchased the home in 1950 from the Cartier's. Mr. Schoenberger was a butcher and owned a small grocery store in Scottville, the town east of Ludington. Mrs. Schoenberger was a dancer and gave lessons in the loft of the carriage house for many years. They raised their three children in the home as well. We give credit to the Cartiers for building this beautiful mansion, but the Schoenberger's are the ones who preserved this mansion. Almost all interior you see is original-the floors, woodwork, and even some wall coverings.
Third Owners

Third Owners


Gary and Sue Ann Schnitker purchased the home in October of 2005 and
committed to a full-time bed and breakfast for 15 years until they retired in November 2020.
They spent many years here with their family and friends and made a big impact on the
Ludington community with making the Mansion accessible for all to stay.

Jenna and Chris/Innkeepers

Current Owners


Chris and Jenna Simpler are thrilled to be the current caretakers of Cartier Mansion since November 2020. With decades of hospitality experience in both luxury hotels and boutique bed and breakfasts, we are excited to bring this background to Ludington. Born and raised in central Michigan, this is home to Jenna, and she is grateful to be back in "the mitten". While in the luxury hotel world, Jenna led her property in earning the prestigious Forbes 5-star rating 4 years in a row. As an executive manager in a family hospitality group, Jenna ensured all properties met and maintained Select Registry and Historic Hotels of America standards.

Originally from the Hudson Valley, Chris fell in love with the Midwest during his time at Truman
State University and feels right at home in Michigan. He has spent over a decade working in
financial services and enjoys helping people make decisions about their financial futures. When
he is not working, he can be found in our kitchen creating some incredible dishes. His passion
for cooking and feeding our guests is very evident in every plate that is served.

We have been married since 2005 and have a Tibetan Spaniel named Ruby who is also the
Director of Pet Relations. Ruby looks forward to meeting you. Some of our interests are reading,
traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends when able.

We look forward to many years at Cartier Mansion welcoming you and your families.