2414 W VLIET ST (aka 1445 N 24TH ST) | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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2414 W VLIET ST (aka 1445 N 24TH ST)

Architecture and History Inventory
2414 W VLIET ST (aka 1445 N 24TH ST) | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:School Sisters of Notre Dame Convent
Other Name:St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church Complex
Reference Number:115896
Location (Address):2414 W VLIET ST (aka 1445 N 24TH ST)
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1885
Survey Date:197920152022
Historic Use:monastery, convent, religious retreat
Architectural Style:Romanesque Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:Y
Demolished Date:
Additional Information:A 'site file' titled "St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church Complex" 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, State Historic Preservation Office. ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE: This structure is a fine example of late Victorian religious buildings. In excellent condition it exhibits original form and design. No main building permit. See AHI 112010 for main record of church complex. 2016- "The complex consists of the following: a High Victorian German Gothic Revival-style church building (1891-1893: AHI 112010); Tudor Revival-style rectory (1925: AHI 230738); Romanesque Revival-style convent (1885: AHI 115896); and a Collegiate Gothic-style school with large Contemporary-style addition (1923 & 1956: AHI 230739), an astylistic garage (1940: AHI 230740) and a short stone retaining wall near the convent. The school is located on the 2433 N. Cherry Street parcel, while the other four buildings, the stone retaining wall and a large parking lot are found on the 1445 N. 24th Street parcel. The parking lot is surrounded by a chain-link fence and has vehicle access to N. 24th and W. Vliet streets. Fronting W. Vliet Street, the convent is approximately 35 feet from the existing back-of-sidewalk; its short stone retaining wall also coincides with this back-of-sidewalk and is included with the historic boundary. All five buildings and the retaining wall are considered to be contributing, while a chain-link fence and a modern sign are classified as non-contributing. Rising two-and-one-half-stories and constructed with brick, this Romanesque Revival-style former convent rests on a rusticated stone block foundation and is topped with a truncated hipped roof that features multiple gabled and hipped-roof wall dormers. The flat portion of the roof displays a pair of small square, windowed, pyramidal-roof cupolas and corbeled brick chimneys. Three slightly projecting two-and-one-half-story gabled wall dormers define the main (south) facade. The center bay is the smallest and features the main entrance, which is recessed within a round-arch opening. A stone with "S.S. of NOTRE DAME" in raised letters sits above the entrance. The gable of the outer two bays are adorned with heavy corbel tables. Bands of raised brick encircle the building both above and below the windows. Fenestration on the north and south facades is regular and frequent and consists primarily of tall narrow and wooden, four-over-four, double-hung sashes while windows on the endwalls are small examples of the same. Three arched examples are located on the rear facade. The interior on the first floor consists of several modest parlors and living spaces that have been repurposed into offices and meeting rooms. Woodwork, built-in cabinets, plaster walls and other original finishes are modest. The former chapel on the first floor retains its original plasterwork and stained-glass windows." -"St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church Complex", WISDot 2984-00-03, Prepared by Heritage Research, Ltd. (Brian J. Faltinson & Traci E. Schnell), 2016. *2022 - Resurvey by HRL for WisDOT project. Little or no change since 2015.
Bibliographic References:
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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