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COUNTY HIGHWAY H

Architecture and History Inventory
COUNTY HIGHWAY H | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:Saxonia House Beer Storage Cave (Farmington Brewery)
Other Name:Saxonia House Beer Storage Cave
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:114617
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):COUNTY HIGHWAY H
County:Washington
City:
Township/Village:Farmington
Unincorporated Community:
Town:12
Range:20
Direction:E
Section:24
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1860
Additions:
Survey Date:1999
Historic Use:outbuildings
Architectural Style:NA (unknown or not a building)
Structural System:Masonry Arch
Wall Material:Fieldstone
Architect:
Other Buildings On Site:1
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Saxonia House
National Register Listing Date:2/22/2006 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:9/23/2005 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
NOTES
Additional Information:The Saxonia House operated a brewery (the Farmington Brewery) that was built in 1860. The extant two-chambered brewery cave was probably constructed around that time. The cave sits at the southwest corner of the property, several hundred meters from the house and near where the original brewery stood. The cave was hand-excavated and was built with a fieldstone front entry wall and an arched brick interior ceiling. The entire structure was covered with earth as a temperature control measure. Local sources say that the interior floor was covered with flagstone, most of which have been removed.

Ernst Klessig was the builder.

Bibliographic References:National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, 2005 Isthmus Architects (Carol L. Cartwright)
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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