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Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places

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116 Grove Street (Tim Heggland photo, 2009)

134 Grove Street (Tim Heggland photo, 2009)

112 Grove Street (Tim Heggland photo, 2009)

Grove Street Historic District
100 block of Grove Street, Evansville, Rock County
Dates of construction of contributing buildings: 1910-1946

The Grove Street Historic District contains nine single family residences and is located in the north part of the city of Evansville. The lots on the north side of the block are located on a hillside that overlooks the adjacent Leonard/Lake Leota Park, which undoubtedly influenced the persons who built the houses on these parcels. Of the districtís nine buildings, four were built between 1910 and 1919 and three of these are fine examples of the Bungalow and Craftsman styles. Evansville architect William B. Meggott designed the Louis N. Spencer House (116 Grove St.) in 1910; it is the finest example of the Craftsman style in Evansville. With the exception of a single Queen Anne style house built in 1912, the remaining buildings in the district are examples of the Period Revival styles. Prominent Madison, Wisconsin architect Grover H. Lippert designed the excellent brick-clad Tudor Revival style Harley A. Smith House (112 Grove St.). In addition, the Paul R. Pullen House (134 Grove St.), built in 1922, is one of Evansville's largest and finest Colonial Revival style houses. It is almost certainly an architect-designed building as well.

These houses provide an excellent opportunity to explore the stylistic transition that was taking place at the beginning of the twentieth century when the newer Progressive styles, such as the Craftsman and Bungalow styles, replaced the Queen Anne style. After the end of World War I, these gave way to the various Period Revival styles, especially the Colonial and Tudor Revivals.

The homes in this district are private residences. Please respect the rights and privacy of the residents.


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