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Generally bounded by Western Ave, Richards Ave, Thomas Ave, and Livsey Pl with portions of Harvey Ave and Charles St

National or State Register of Historic Places
Generally bounded by Western Ave, Richards Ave, Thomas Ave, and Livsey Pl with portions of Harvey Ave and Charles St | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:Richards Hill Residential Historic District
Reference Number:13000403
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):Generally bounded by Western Ave, Richards Ave, Thomas Ave, and Livsey Pl with portions of Harvey Ave and Charles St
County:Jefferson
City/Village:Watertown
Township:
SUMMARY
Richards Hill Residential Historic District
Watertown, Jefferson County
Dates of construction of contributing buildings: 1854-1950

The City of Watertown lies along the Rock River in southeastern Wisconsin. Situated near the city's southeast edge, the Richards Hill Historic District contains a wide range of residential architectural styles from its period of development between 1854 and 1950.

Watertown's residential development began near the commercial district and radiated outwards. Unlike other communities, the development of a single prestigious residential neighborhood did not occur. The resources within the Richards Hill Historic District are well preserved and have much the same appearance today as they would have years ago. The result is now one of Watertown's most architecturally intact historic residential areas.

The neighborhood developed around the famed octagon house of John Richards located on his large, formerly rural estate. Since 1938, the Richards House has been home to the Watertown Historical Society, and two historic buildings have been relocated on its grounds. The Richards Octagon is now a house museum. The other houses in the district are private residence. Please respect the rights and privacy of neighborhood residents.

PROPERTY FEATURES
Period of Significance:1854-1950
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Education: School
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Animal Facility
Architectural Style:Tudor Revival
Architectural Style:Bungalow/Craftsman
Architectural Style:Colonial Revival
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:District
Architect:Keck, George Fred
DESIGNATIONS
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:06/14/2013
State Register Listing Date:11/16/2012
NUMBER OF RESOURCES WITHIN PROPERTY
Number of Contributing Buildings:51
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
RECORD LOCATION
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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