404 ST LAWRENCE AVE
Architecture and History Inventory
Historic Name: THOMAS LAPPIN HOUSE
Reference Number: 46070
Location (Address): 404 ST LAWRENCE AVE
Year Built: 1864
Historic Use: house
Architectural Style: Italianate
Property Type: Building
Wall Material: Clapboard
Other Buildings On Site:
National/State Register Listing Name:
COURTHOUSE HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT
National Register Listing Date: 1986-01-17
State Register Listing Date: 1989-01-01
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information: A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.
This two-story frame house is an excellent example of the Italianate style. Italianate features include low-pitched hip roof, overhanging eaves with brackets, tall first story windows, decorative window hoods, and full front porch.
Built in 1864 for Thomas Lappin according to the design of Janesville architect Garry Nettleton. Lappin (1812-1891) was born in Ireland and became a pioneer merchant in Janesville. He opened he city's first store and built the large brick building, known now as the Lappin-Hayes block (AHI #87109), at the corner of Main and Milwaukee streets.
Bibliographic References: (A) HISTORIC JANESVILLE, HERITAGE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATES, INC. MACDONALD AND MACK PARTNERSHIP, CITY OF JANESVILLE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, 1994.
(B) ASSESSMENT ROLLS, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890.
(C) CITY DIRECTORIES, 1866, 1870, 1885, 1891.
(D) PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF ROCK CO.
(E) HISTORY OF ROCK COUNTY.
(F) JANESVILLE GAZETTE, SEPT. 17, 1977.
(G) NATIONAL REGISTER FORM.
The Courthouse Hill Historic District: A Guide, Janesville Historic Commission, 1990.
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