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820 MAIN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Wallis House
Other Name:VFW HALL
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:11083
Location (Address):820 MAIN ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1851
Additions: 1895
Survey Date:1976
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stucco
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Southside Historic District
National Register Listing Date:10/18/1977 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation. PEDIMENTED GABLE AND ENTRY. ALEXANDER AND MARY MCCLURG OWNED THE BUILDING FROM 1854-1887 AND THEN BY THE HENRY M. WALLIS FAMILY UNTIL 1938. The Wallis family substantially enlarged the house. Gilbert Knapp died here in 1887.

This building is comprised of the elements of at least two houses. The first was built on this site by Isaac and Emerline Taylor sometime between 1849 and 1852. Mr. Taylor was a very successful lumber dealer and a local benefactor. After his death, Emerline saw to it that much of his estate was used to found an orphan home and to support Racine College. In 1854 the house was sold to Alexander and Mary McClung. Mr. McClung was president of the City Bank of Racine.
Bibliographic References:ZIMMERMANN, RUSSELL "THE HERITAGE GUIDEBOOK" (HERITAGE BANKS 1976). PRESERVATION RACINE, INC. NEWSLETTER, SUMMER 1996. Racine Landmarks brochure, 2003. South Side Historic District Walking Tour Guide, 1990.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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