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848 Jenifer Street

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Historic Name:McCarthy, Timothy C. and Katherine, House
Reference Number:02000813
Location (Address):848 Jenifer Street
McCarthy, Timothy and Katherine, House
848 Jenifer Street, Madison, Dane County
Architect: Lew Porter
Date of construction: 1897

The McCarthy House is a classically influenced Queen Anne style residence. The clapboard and shingle sheathed house sits on a raised sandstone foundation. The steeply pitched roof with asymmetrically placed cross gables, the projecting polygonal bays and the tall decorative chimneys are all characteristic of the highly decorative Queen Anne style. Classical features include the Ionic columns, denticulated cornice and turned balusters of the front porch, as well as the Palladian motif of the second floor balcony.

The interior of the house is well preserved. Of special note is the entrance foyer. Its elaborate staircase with its arched openings filled with Japanesque spindle and ball ornamentation is the showpiece of the house. The staircase is lit by a large window on the landing; its upper half is an ornamental pane of bent wood and clear glass.

This large, two-story house was built for prominent Madison building contractor Timothy McCarthy, who used the property for both his home and office. The McCarthy firm constructed many major buildings in the city, including large portions of the State Capitol and many University of Wisconsin buildings.

Architect Lew Porter was a partner of the firm Conover and Porter, one of Madison's major architectural firms of the late nineteenth century. In addition to a large number of residences, the firm also designed schools (a specialty) and commercial buildings.

The McCarthy House is privately owned, please respect the privacy of its owners.

Period of Significance:1897
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Porter, Lew
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:07/17/2002
State Register Listing Date:04/12/2002
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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