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1221 N MAIN ST

Architecture and History Inventory
1221 N MAIN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Hansen House (Victor Samuel and Margaret McIlrath)
Other Name:
Reference Number:11131
Location (Address):1221 N MAIN ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1855
Survey Date:1975
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Structural System:Balloon Frame
Wall Material:Aluminum/Vinyl Siding
Architect:Thomas Fuller
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Hansen House
National Register Listing Date:6/6/1979
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
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.

RETURNED EAVES. Fuller was a carpenter.

"Among the oldest remaining houses in Racine is this frame dwelling set high on the bank above North Main Street. Built about 1855 by carpenter/joiner Thomas Fuller, it follows the Greek Revival style that was the national mode of building when the city was founded. Pattern books showed carpenters how to execute basic "Greek" details through which simple houses could take on some of the qualities of the classical temple.

The house has a number of distinctive Greek Revival features. Eaves of the roof cut back across the front of the house to suggest a triangular pediment and have a wide band or frieze below them. The doorway is flanked by pilasters with console brackets supporting a horizontal entablature. Other notable details include the three Greek Doric columns on the porch and the flush siding overlaid with rows of circular bosses or knobs on the back wall of the porch.

The home's L-shaped plan was popular at the time throughout western New York and the Midwest. A simpler version built a few years later can be seen across the street at 1228 North Main." Renewing Our Roots: The Northside, Racine, Wisconsin, Preservation-Racine, Inc., not dated.
Bibliographic References:Racine Landmarks brochure, 2003. Renewing Our Roots: The Northside, Racine, Wisconsin, Preservation-Racine, Inc., not dated.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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