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9415 COTTAGE ROW

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9415 COTTAGE ROW | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:CHURCH OF THE ATONEMENT
Other Name:Church of the Atonement
Contributing:
Reference Number:85000487
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):9415 COTTAGE ROW
County:Door
City:
Township/Village:Gibraltar
Unincorporated Community:
Town:31
Range:27
Direction:E
Section:29
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1878
Additions:
Survey Date:1992
Historic Use:church
Architectural Style:Gothic Revival
Structural System:Balloon Frame
Wall Material:Board and Batten
Architect:
Other Buildings On Site:1
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: CHURCH OF THE ATONEMENT
National Register Listing Date:3/7/1985 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
NOTES
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. #650: #38-21. Historical Background The Episcopal Church in Fish Creek was built in 1878. At the time, the congregation consisted of twenty members, led by Mrs. L.M. Griswold, wife of a sawmill owner, and Sarah Jeffcott, a widowed schoolteacher. Itinerant Episcopal clergyman Rev. Joseph Jameson served the congregation, which received attention as a mission church from the first bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac, Bishop Brown. The building utilized the foundations of an unfinished dwelling of Charles Gessler, a local fisherman. Mr. Griswold donated the lumber for construction. It is the oldest church in the village. Historical Significance Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1985. Architectural Description Carpenter Gothic in style, the Church of the Atonement is a side gable building with projecting ells and entrance tower. The sides are vertical board and batten. The multi-gable roof is clad in wood shingles. The four-over-four double hung wood sash windows are capped by unusual pedimented hoods with raised vertical detail. The simple handsome church rests on a stone foundation. Architectural Significance Listed on the National Register of historic places, 1985.
Bibliographic References:A. Edward and Lois Schreiber, editors, Fish Creek Voices, An Oral History of a Door County Village, (Sister Bay, WI: Wm Caxton Ltd), 1990. B. Door County Almanak No. 5: Tourism, Resorts, Transportation, (Sister Bay, WI: The Dragonsbreath Press), 1990. C. Gibraltar Historical Association Questionnaire, Church of the Atonement (owner) response, 1986.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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