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Car ownership helps to create a Madison suburb

East End Historic District

Burgeoning auto ownership transformed Middleton in the mid-twentieth century, as it became a commuter suburb of nearby Madison. This residential building boom is reflected in the East End Historic District, a collection of forty-three homes. Builders constructed the earliest buildings in the district (save two) between 1925 and 1933. Three of those were Bungalows, the first national building type. The majority of the district, built between 1935 and the 1940s, contains examples of other nationally popular residential styles, including the Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival styles. These homes illustrate how domestic publications such as catalogs, plan books, and architecture and shelter magazines influenced domestic tastes. While individually modest, collectively they illustrate the most popular house types of the mid-twentieth century.

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Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Automobile Culture
Creator: Various
Pub Data: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places
Citation: East End Historic District. Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/20/2014
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