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505 E. Cook St.

National or State Register of Historic Places
505 E. Cook St. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Merrell, Henry, House
Reference Number:93000545
Location (Address):505 E. Cook St.
Henry Merrell House
505 East Cook Street, Portage, Columbia County
Date of Construction: 1835-1839
Architect: Henry Merrell

Henry Merrell was born in Utica, New York. Prior to arriving in Wisconsin, he worked as a clerk in his brother's mercantile store in Sackett's Harbor, New York. In 1834, Merrell came to Fort Winnebago, the newly completed Army foritfication overlooking the portage between the Fox and the Wisconsin Rivers. Merrell sold provisions to soldiers and served as a postmaster for the area until 1846. In 1838, he established his own general mercantile business. It was at this time that his newly constructed or substantially enlarged house doubled as a residence and a business. During this period, the dwelling also served as a hotel.

In 1867, Merrell moved his house from the Fort Winnebago area to its current location at 505 Cook Street. The house is an early example of the Greek Revival style. It expresses the style with its regular symmetry and the returned eaves on its gable front.

The Henry Merrell house is a private residence. Please respect the rights and privacy of the residents.

Period of Significance:1835-1839
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:07/08/1993
State Register Listing Date:04/23/1993
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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