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1033 State Highway 78

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Historic Name:Jensvold, Gulbrand and Bertha, House
Reference Number:08000370
Location (Address):1033 State Highway 78
Jensvold, Gulbrand and Bertha, House
1033 State Highway 78, Town of Perry, Dane County
Construction Date: c.1868-69

Gulbrand Jensvold was born in Norway in 1841. After graduating with a teaching certificate in Norway, Jensvold emigrated to the United States in 1866. Jensvold, like so many of his countrymen, journeyed to Wisconsin and to southwestern Dane County, finally settling in the predominantly Norwegian settlement that surrounded the fledgling community of Daleyville in the Town of Perry. Jensvold was hired as the teacher of the parochial school associated with the Perry Lutheran Church in Daleyville, whose parish covered sixty square miles. He continued to fill this important position until his death in 1882.

Two years after his arrival in Daleyville, Jensvold married Bertha Gaarder, who had also emigrated from Norway, and in November of 1868, the couple purchased an eighty-acre farm located just across the road from the Perry Lutheran Church. The house they built, although not especially large, was one of the finest in the entire Town at that time. This eight-room house has a limestone main block with a symmetrical north-facing fa├žade whose most notable feature is a steeply pitched centered gable containing a tall second story window. Steeply pitched center gables of this type are found on many Gothic Revival style houses and its presence here suggests that the designer and builder of the Jensvold house may have been from the nearby city of Mineral Point, which has several similar stone houses.

Please note that this house is private property and is not open to the public. Please respect the privacy of the owners.

Period of Significance:1869-1878
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Mid 19Th Century
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:04/30/2008
State Register Listing Date:10/19/2007
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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