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6416 Seventh Avenue

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Historic Name:Isermann, Anthony and Caroline, House
Reference Number:04000108
Location (Address):6416 Seventh Avenue
Isermann, Anthony and Caroline, House
6416 Seventh Avenue, Kenosha, Kenosha County
Designer: Russell Barr Williamson
Date of Construction:1922

The Anthony and Caroline Isermann House sits next to brother Frank Isermann's house, both designed by noted Prairie School architect Russell Barr Williamson. The Isermann brothers ran a successful retail clothing business in downtown Kenosha. Anthony and Caroline's house is smaller than the other Isermann house. Williamson used a two-story, main block and a small, one-story wing as an organizing principle, like many of his houses in this period. The low-pitched hip roof, overhanging eaves and horizontally banded wall surfaces of brown brick and stucco emphasize the horizontal line of this narrow house.

The house has a compact and open first floor plan that maximizes the efficiency of its narrow site. The sunroom, living room and dining room form a continuous space, broken only by room dividers and French doors. Prairie School cabinets, bookshelves, light fixtures and trim adorn the interior.

Russell Barr Williamson only worked a short time with Frank Lloyd Wright, supervising Wright's Milwaukee projects, but developed a love for Prairie School design that was evident throughout his career. He is noted for is many Prairie designs in the Milwaukee area, which continued long after the Prairie School had waned in other parts of the Midwest. After a precipitous decline in commissions during the 1930s and 1940s, Williamson's career rebounded with the popularity of the postwar Wrightian style.

The house is a private residence. Please respect the privacy of the owners.

Period of Significance:1922
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Prairie School
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Williamson, Russell Barr
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:02/25/2004
State Register Listing Date:10/17/2003
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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