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Roughly bounded by E Washington, N Durkee, E Pacific and Lawe streets

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Historic Name:Appleton City Park Historic District
Reference Number:02001213
Location (Address):Roughly bounded by E Washington, N Durkee, E Pacific and Lawe streets
Appleton City Park Historic District
Roughly bounded by E Pacific, Law, E Washington, and N Drew streets
Dates of contributing buildings: 1867-1949

The Appleton City Park Historic District contains one of the city's largest concentrations of Victorian architecture. Its proximity to the downtown, the park at its center and nearby Lawrence University attracted many of the city's wealthiest residents.

While several houses stood in the vicinity prior to 1881, a construction boom began after the city acquired the land for Appleton's first city park that year. Larger, more fashionable residences soon replaced some of the area's first houses. By 1910 nearly all the lots were filled, and most later houses were constructed on lots that were subdivided from older multi-lot parcels.

The district is noted for its collection of Queen Anne style residences, which display the variety of materials, varied rooflines, wrap around porches, and towers associated with the style. The many examples found here illustrate the transition from the irregular fa├žades and plans of early examples to the later, more classically influenced designs that borrowed from the emerging Colonial Revival style.

Other popular styles of the day are found in the district as well. These include examples of the American Craftsman style and the American Foursquare. One of the most distinctive homes in the neighborhood is located at 229 N. Park Avenue. The 1902 brick and stucco house is ornamented with half-timber work and is a rare Wisconsin example of the English Arts and Crafts movement. Built for noted local philanthropist George Jones, the house is now the president's residence for Lawrence University.

Two large Neo-Gothic Revival style churches occupy important corners in the district. Both are distinctive examples of this style that was popular for church construction in the 1920s and 1930s. Also located in the neighborhood is the Stick Style Temple Zion, built in 1883-1884. It is one of Wisconsin's earliest synagogues. Harry Houdini's father briefly served as its rabbi.

The homes in this district are private residences; please respect the rights of the owners.

Period of Significance:1867-1949
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Religion: Religious Facility
Historic Use:Landscape: Park
Architectural Style:Late Gothic Revival
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Architectural Style:Tudor Revival
Architectural Style:Bungalow/Craftsman
Resource Type:District
Architect:Papenthein, Roy Oliver
Architect:Childs and Smith
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:10/25/2002
State Register Listing Date:07/19/2002
Number of Contributing Buildings:141
Number of Contributing Sites:1
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:1
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:1
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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