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220 North Third Street

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Historic Name:Freeman, Roscius S. and Lydia R., House
Reference Number:07000501
Location (Address):220 North Third Street
City/Village:River Falls
Freeman, Roscius S. and Lydia R., House
220 North Third Street, River Falls, Pierce County
Architect: Arthur Symes
Date of construciton: 1908

Roscius and Lydia built this house in 1908 as a retirement home and resided in the house until deaths. Their son, "Rosh," and his wife Gertrude continued to live there after. Gertrude sold the house in 1972.

Rosicus Freeman operated a drug store in River Falls beginning in the 1870s. In 1898, his son R.W. "Rosh" Freeman joined him. The Freemans, and their wives, were civic and social leaders in River Falls during the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. Residential blocks around the Freeman House housed merchants, professionals, and individuals associated with the River Falls Normal School.

The house was constructed at a time of transition between architectural styles. It is a blend of the Queen Anne and the Shingle Style with Colonial Revival features. The Freeman House features classical ornamentation, including Ionic columns on the front porch and elaborately patterned windows. Groups of leaded and beveled glass windows with floral and geometric patterns decorated each fa├žade. A prominent conical roofed tower is centered above the wide front porch; the complex roof design features a central hipped mass with multiple hipped roof wings and dormers. An unusual sleeping porch (added circa 1918) with single hung pocket windows catches summer breezes. The interior features a cross-hall plan with a richly ornamented central staircase located at the rear of the house.

Local contractor Arthur Symes designed and constructed the house. Symes was responsible for the construction of dozens of houses and churches in River Falls during this period.

The Freeman House is a private residence and is not open to the public. Please respect the rights and privacy of the owners.

Period of Significance:1908
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Late Victorian
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Symes, Arthur
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:05/30/2007
State Register Listing Date:10/13/2006
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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