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1410 17TH AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

Property Record

1410 17TH AVE

Architecture and History Inventory
1410 17TH AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Gen. Francis H. West House
Other Name:The Octagon House
Reference Number:16179
Location (Address):1410 17TH AVE
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
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Year Built:1860
Survey Date:1976
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Octagon
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: West, Gen. Francis H., House
National Register Listing Date:1/1/1975
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 State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

Octagon houses briefly became a nationwide architectural fad in the mid-nineteenth century. This house is unique in Wisconsin, for it combines three octagons and a rear wing into a plan resembling a three-leafed clover. One lobe houses public spaces: the parlor, the dining room, and a study. A second encloses the family room and the kitchen. A third contains the bedrooms, and the wing contains a library. Although West created a functional design, he also paid close attention to decorative details, such as scroll brackets with knob pendants under the eaves and cornice. Inside, he laid an intricate octagon-pattern parquet floor. He also installed a gravity-based plumbing system and a funnel-like ventilation system that drew cool breezes from the cupola into the floor below--both advanced ideas at the time. In the 1850s, before building this house, West served as a state senator, and during the Civil War he led the Thirty-First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
Bibliographic References:Octagon Houses in Wisconsin. Monroe Evening Times 2/19/1955. Monroe Evening Times 7/1/1958. Wisconsin State Journal 7/30/1962. Monroe Evening Times 6/7/1961. Monroe Evening Times 6/8/1961. Monroe Evening Times 6/9/1961. Monroe Evening Times 6/10/1961. Monroe Evening Times 10/13/1948, p. 12. Freeport Journal Standard 11/22/1949. Capital Times 6/11/1954. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript. Perrin, Richard W. E., Historic Wisconsin Architecture, First Revised Edition (Milwaukee, 1976).
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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