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National or State Register of Historic Places
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Historic Name:Andrews, Sewall, House
Reference Number:81000063
Location (Address):103 Main St.
Sewall Andrews House
103 Main Street
Mukwonago, Waukesha County
Date of Construction: 1842

Sewall Andrews, born in Vermont, came to Wisconsin in 1836 and co-founded the village of Mukwonago in Waukesha County. In that same year Andrews was appointed Justice of the Peace and opened the first village store, bringing in goods from as far as New York City. While operating his store, Andrews also became involved in the lumber and flour milling business. With others, he was influential in establishing the local Baptist congregation and erecting its first church.

In 1842, after having successfully established himself as a business, political and social leader, Andrews built the house that now bears his name. It is purportedly one of, if not the first, brick homes in all of Waukesha County, pointing to Andrew's elevated financial status. The home is built in the Greek Revival style which was in vogue both in Wisconsin and nationally when the home was constructed. Only one full story in height, the house is modest in size and distinctive in appearance. The entrance is quintessentially Greek Revival in its formality; sidelights flank the door and a transom is found above. Hand-carved wood roping and petals are found around the entrance as are rosette-trimmed colonettes. Another very typical Greek Revival feature is the prominent returned cornice and wide entablature. Window and door lintels, as well as the sills and the water table are made of a light-colored limestone which helps accentuate these architectural elements.

The house is currently home to the Mukwonago Red Brick House Museum.

Period of Significance:1825-1849
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Commerce
Area of Significance:Exploration/Settlement
Applicable Criteria:Person
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:07/07/1981
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
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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