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323 S. Wisconsin Ave.

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Historic Name:Young, John, House
Reference Number:94001157
Location (Address):323 S. Wisconsin Ave.
John Young House
323 South Wisconsin Avenue, Muscoda, Grant County
Builders: John and Charles Wade
Date of Construction: 1900

The John Young house is the largest, most elaborate house in the village of Muscoda, a small community on the south bank of the Wisconsin River. It is also the best example of Queen Anne architecture in the area.

John Young was a successful lumber dealer in Muscoda. His career gave him access to fine lumber at reasonable prices which enabled him to build an elaborate house in the Queen Anne style. The two and one half story structure is irregular in its floorplan with a one and one half story gabled extension off the rear, west façade. The house exhibits typical Queen Anne details such as narrow horizontal weatherboard, accented with sawtooth, fishscale, scallop, and diamond-shaped shingles. Its decorative porches and bays are noteworthy elements of the style.

An interesting group of three windows above the west porch steps up from west to east, following the rise of the staircase to the landing. The heads of all three are flush at the top. These windows feature a leaded glass panels in the upper sash. The interior features a combination of decorative hardwoods, and pocket doors, French doors, and doors topped with glass transoms.

At the time of listing, the owner operated the house as an antique and gift shop called "Victorian Rose." It may be open during normal business hours, but remains a private property. Please respect the rights of its owner.

Period of Significance:1900-1924
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Domestic: Secondary Structure
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Wade, John and Charles
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:09/26/1994
State Register Listing Date:06/16/1994
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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