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Marx House (Joan Rausch photo, 2006)

Marx House (Joan Rausch photo, 2006)

Marx House (Joan Rausch photo, 2006)

Marx House interior (Joan Rausch photo, 2006)

Marx, Albert and Theresa, House
805 Cashton Avenue, Cashton, Monroe County, Wisconsin
Date of construction: 1906

The Marx House was constructed at a time of expansion for the village of Cashton. This fashionable house was built in 1906 for Albert Marx, an affluent young businessman, and his wife Theresa Mashak Marx, whom he married in 1901. The Marx house reflects the late Queen Anne style with elements of Neo-Classical Revival ornamentation. An unusually elaborate two-story veranda or portico featuring slender colossal columns with Ionic capitals dominates the front of the house. The Marx House is among the best preserved of several large Queen Anne style houses built during the early development period of the village of Cashton.

The village of Cashton grew up around a new depot constructed by the Chicago, Milwaukee and St Paul Railroad in 1879. Albert moved to the village of Cashton in 1894, where he entered into a partnership in the hardware business with his brother, William. They became successful businessmen by providing hardware and agricultural implement service and repair to area farmers. Their new hardware building was constructed in 1897. Numerous additions followed within a few years for new and expanding departments. The stock and services of the Marx Brothers Hardware and Implement Store included tin ware, sewing machines, organs and pianos, farm machinery of all kinds, pumps and gasoline engines, and vehicles of all kinds, including carriages and buggies. Albert Marx was said to know every farmer in the vicinity and "the exact date that the old machine will give out."

The house is a private residence. Please respect the rights and privacy of the owners.

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