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304 S MAIN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Leander F. Frisby House (Frances and Leander Frisby)
Other Name:Frisby House
Reference Number:14709
Location (Address):304 S MAIN ST
City:West Bend
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1865
Additions: 1891
Survey Date:1987
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Italianate
Structural System:Balloon Frame
Wall Material:Cream Brick
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Frisby, Leander F., House
National Register Listing Date:6/19/1985 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 State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

Another map code for this building is WT 19/15, found on the Hand Drawn map.

This two story house, designed in the Italianate style, features a square shaped plan configuration, a stucco foundation, a brick exterior, a wood trim, and an asphalt shingled hip roof. The low pitched hip roof is distinguished by a cupola and multiple brick chimneys. The wide, overhaning eaves are visually supported by carved scroll cut brackets, each of which is detailed with a pendant. The round arched windows have two-over-two panes, brick lintels and projecting sills. The exterior walls were once clapboarded, but were veneered in brick in 1891. Spanning the full length of the facade is an enclosed front porch whose shed roof has moulded eaves and whose windows are multi-paned. The entrance to this porch is transomed and sidelighted. Another glass enclosed porch is at the side elevation. The former residence, now used as a small office building, is in fair condition.

"The Frisby House was renovated in 1983, after being used as a residence and an antique business for a young couple who owned the house in the 1970s." (See Bib. Ref. C).

"The house was built by Leander Frisby in 1865. An attorney and former teacher, he studied law in Port Washington, was admitted to the bar in 1850, then came to West Bend. The following winter he began practice in the supreme court." (See Bib. Ref. C).

"Frisby's political career began when he was elected first district attorney of the newly formed Washington County in 1853. He was superintendent of West Bend schools, county judge, and a state legislator." (See Bib. Ref. C). In 1881, Leander Frisby became Attorney General of Wisconsin. Frisby also founded the Wisconsin Republican party.
Bibliographic References:A. ZIMMERMANN, RUSSELL "THE HERITAGE GUIDEBOOK" (HERITAGE BANKS 1976). B. WEST BEND DAILY NEWS 12/12/1994. C. WEST BEND DAILY NEWS 5/22/1995. West Bend Daily News 12/14/1998. Washington County History and Driving Tours presented by the Washington County Landmarks Commission, 1999.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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