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118 Vaughn Court

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Historic Name:Heidelberger, Dr. Charles and Judith, House
Reference Number:100001255
Location (Address):118 Vaughn Court
Dr. Charles and Judith Heidelberger House
118 Vaughn Court, Madison, Dane County
Architect: Herb Fritz, Jr.
Date of Construction: 1951

With its southwest-facing two-and-one-half-story-tall window wall, its soaring living/dining room space, and its sensitive adaptation to its steep hillside site, the Dr. Charles and Judith Heidelberger House has been a noted landmark on the near west side of the city of Madison since it was first constructed in 1951.

Charles Heidelberger was an internationally known and respected cancer researcher at the University of Wisconsin and he was just about to receive tenure when his new house was built to a design supplied by Herb Fritz, Jr., a very prominent Madison architect and former member of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship who was then at the beginning of what would be a long and highly productive career. The house Fritz designed for the Heidelbergers utilized concrete block walls on its street and side elevations while its main wall was canted out at an angle from the rest of the building and was constructed entirely of glass window units enframed with wood muntins and mullions. The resulting house, while not large, is much more impressive than many larger houses of the same period and it is considered to be one of Herb Fritz’s early masterworks.

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Period of Significance:1951-1956
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Modern Movement
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Herb Fritz, Jr.
Architect:Lloyd Foust
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:06/26/2017
State Register Listing Date:02/24/2017
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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