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115 ELY PL

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115 ELY PL | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Charles Edwin Buell House
Other Name:Katrina and Cary Forest House
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:100004
Location (Address):115 ELY PL
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1894
Survey Date:1972
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Structural System:
Wall Material:Wood Shingle
Architect:Conover and Porter
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: University Heights Historic District
National Register Listing Date:12/17/1982 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Madison Historic Landmark: 1/7/1974.

The 1894 Charles and Martha Buell House, commanding the crown of The Heights, was the first house built in the neighborhood. Designed by the Madison firm of Conover and Porter, the Shingle style residence features a polygonal bay with a jagged, crenelated parapet, a rectangular bay with an oversized gable, and a round turret with a conical roof. People scoffed at the notion that other Madisonians would join the Buells in a residential addition that seemed so distant from downtown; hence the nickname "Buell's Folly."
Bibliographic References:Housing Madison: Where We Live, Where We Work. Ed. Anna Vemer Andrzejewski and Arnold R. Alanen for “Nature + City: Vernacular Buildings and Landscapes of the Upper Midwest,” 2012 Meeting of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF). Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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