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Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places

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208 Oxford Dr., 1930 (J. Eulberg photo)

116 Windsor Dr., 1928 (J. Eulberg photo)

104 Windsor Dr., 1931(J. Eulberg photo)

Caples' Park Historic District
Waukesha, Waukesha County
Dates of contributing buildings: 1926-1938

Caples' Park Historic District was constructed on the site of the O.M. Sanger Hickory Stock Farm. Dr. Byron M. Caples, a prominent neurologist and psychiatrist in Waukesha, bought the Sanger farm in 1912, with the intention of subdividing the land. In 1925 he formed Caples' Park, Inc. Home construction took place between 1926 and 1938, a period of commercial and industrial expansion in the community.

Caples' Park was the first restrictive subdivision in Waukesha, regulating prospective homeowners through a series of conditions attached to each property's deed. Its residents were commercial and industrial leaders of the city; the same citizens responsible for Waukesha's expansive economic growth after WWI. The subdivision is an authoritative collection of revival styles, which experienced the height of their popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. Revival styles imitated traditional European and colonial American architecture like English manors and Spanish haciendas. Many of the large-scale residences are modeled after mansions or manor houses and often have planned landscapes featuring stone and brick walks outlined with flowers leading to the entry. Owners took pride in their flower gardens and well-manicured shrubs.

The houses of Caples' Park exhibit high quality design. Architects were chosen for their familiarity with period revival designs. The two story structures were often clad in brick or stone although some of the smaller houses have clapboard siding. Several roof types are represented and generally have a steep pitch to reflect the English tradition. The district contains Waukesha's best collection of period revival design and stylistic cohesion and curvilinear street plan creates a distinctive neighborhood.

The homes in this district are private residences. Please respect the rights of the owners.


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