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118 Clay Street

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Historic Name:Charles and Theresa Cornelius House
Reference Number:13000749
Location (Address):118 Clay Street
Charles and Theresa Cornelius House
118 Clay Street, Neillsville, Clark County
Architect: Anton Billmeyer
Date of Construction: 1909

As a young man Charles Cornelius worked long hours in a mercantile selling sewing machines, pianos and organs. In 1876, he opened an implement dealership in Granton, Wisconsin. The business's success led to a second store in Neillsville, nine miles away, and the family moved to Neillsville. In 1904, the Commercial State Bank of Neillsville named Cornelius its vice-president.

In 1907, the Cornelius family moved to Boston, where daughter Lydia studied music. Charles used the opportunity to enroll in Boston Commercial College, studying commerce and finance. On the family's return to Neillsville, Charles began The First National Bank of Neillsville.

He built an impressive bank building and commissioned Wisconsin Rapids architect Anton F. Billmeyer to design his new three and one-half story home. Constructed at the very end of the Queen Anne period, Billmeyer incorporated several of the stylistic elements of the emerging Colonial Revival style. Classical columns replaced turned posts on the 70 foot long front porch.

The Cornelius house was built toward the end of a period of great expansion and prosperity in Neillsville's history. The Cornelius family home, which once sat in a large private park, was a physical display of Charles Cornelius' success and status in the community.

The Cornelius House is a private residence. Please respect the rights and privacy of the home's residents.

Period of Significance:1909
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Domestic: Secondary Structure
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Anton Billmeyer
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:10/18/2013
State Register Listing Date:11/16/2012
Number of Contributing Buildings:3
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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