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415 Granite Street

National or State Register of Historic Places
415 Granite Street | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Olfson, Peter and Jessie, House
Reference Number:02001082
Location (Address):415 Granite Street
Peter and Jessie Olfson House
415 Granite Street, Waupaca, Waupaca County
Architect: Unknown
Date of Construction: 1899

Peter Olfson was local to Waupaca. He worked on his father¿s farm until 1890 after which he left for Michigan to work. Peter returned to Waupaca in 1892 and made his ¿fortune¿ in the Waupaca potato trade. Potato trading was the most important commercial activity in the city during the 1880s and 1890s. Peter and his wife Jessie began construction on their new house in 1899.

The Olfson house is a two story structure that is representative of the Queen Anne style. It is similar to those published in plan books. This style was most popular in the late 19th century. It displays characteristics typical of the Late Victorian style including stick work, narrow clapboards, scroll brackets, carved sunburst panels, and recessed wall surfaces. The decorative details of the Olfson house intermingle with the various elements forming an elaborate and picturesque design.

The interior of the house is just as decorative. The foyer features a nook beneath the staircase filled in with a built-in bench. A large pilaster between the wall and the nook is patterned with horizontal and vertical grooves and bands of a carved criss-cross design. The same design is featured on the newel post. At the first landing of the staircase is a large round-arched opening filled with stained glass in a stylized ¿fleur-de-lis¿ pattern. Another ornate detail is the dining room fireplace. It is cast-iron with a foliated grate in front that is flanked by fluted pilasters. Above the fireplace is a classical swag consisting of beaded wreaths, ribbons and foliated scrolls.

The house is private residence; please respect the privacy rights of the owners.

Period of Significance:1899
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:10/04/2002
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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