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4225 MAIN ST

Architecture and History Inventory

NAMES

Historic Name: HENRIETTE

Other Name: WHITE GULL INN

Contributing: Yes

Reference Number: 26088

PROPERTY LOCATION

Location (Address): 4225 MAIN ST

County: Door

City: 

Township/Village: Gibraltar

Unincorporated Community: 

Town: 31

Range: 27

Direction: E

Section: 29

Quarter Section: 

Quarter/Quarter Section: 

PROPERTY FEATURES

Year Built: 1896

Additions: 1940

Additions: 1959

Additions: 1979

Additions: 1991

Survey Date:1992

Historic Use: inn

Architectural Style: Side Gabled

Property Type: Building

Structural System: Unknown

Wall Material: Clapboard

Architect:

Other Buildings On Site: 1

Demolished?: No

Demolished Date: 

DESIGNATIONS

National/State Register Listing Name: Welcker's Resort Historic District

National Register Listing Date: 1997-04-14

State Register Listing Date: 

National Register Multiple Property Name: 

NOTES

Additional Information: A summer destination.

Architectural Description

The three-bay by six-bay Welckers Casino, now known as the Whistling Swan, is a large gable front two story rectangularly massed commercial property. A large wall dormer protrudes from the massed commercial property. A large wall dormer protrudes from the asphalt clad roof on the east elevation. The walls, clad in narrow clapboard, are pierced with six-over-six double hung wood sash windows. On the first and second floors, the windows are housed in window frames with segmentally arched lintels. The few windows on the third (attic) floor are housed in frames with a slighter arched lintel.

A two story hip roofed side porch on the east elevation hides the basement and first floor walls. The porch is accessed by stairs from Main Street (the south elevation) and from a door in the east elevation.

The main entrance is reached through stairs under a main hood. The stairs are "interior" incorporated into the east bay on the main elevation.

The White Gull Inn, originally the Henriette Cottage of Welckers, is a side gable two story building with a second story porch over a flagstone walk area. A wall dormer projects from the center of the roof on the main (north) elevation.

1940s and 50s addition extend off the rear of the buildings added to accommodate dining rooms and kitchen.

The remaining buildings of Welckers are a hodgepodge cottages. The cottages include side gable, front gable, and gabled ell vernacular forms. Two on the south west side of the White Gull In [39-16, 17] are one story while the two on the south and east are one and a half storeis [39-18, 19]. Those on the same block with the Casino (Whistling Swan) are smaller, except for Cottage 15 [36-24] which is a two story gabled ell, and Cottage 11 [36-26] which is a one and a half story front gable house.

Architectural Significance

Welcker's Resort is significant to the history of Fish Creek as the better example of the two large late nineteenth century resorts in Fish Creek. The vision of Doctor Welcker which made the resort a success also contributed to the general perception of Fish creek as a summer destination.

Bibliographic References: A. Edward and Lois Schreiber, editors, Fish Creek Voices, An Oral History of a Door County Village, (Sister Bay, WI: Wm. Caxton Ltd), 1990. B. Door County Almanak No. 5: Tourism, Resorts, Transportation, (Sister Bay, WI: The Dragonsbreath Press), 1990. C. History of Door County Wisconsin, the County Beautiful. Volumes 1 and 2. (Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company) 1917. GREEN BAY PRESS GAZETTE 9/22/1996.

RECORD LOCATION

Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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