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5461 N DANBURY RD | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Allen H. Barfield Duplex
Other Name:
Reference Number:16924
Location (Address):5461 N DANBURY RD
City:Whitefish Bay
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1924
Additions: 1935
Survey Date:2011
Historic Use:duplex
Architectural Style:Other Vernacular
Structural System:
Wall Material:Limestone
Architect:Ernest Flagg (architect)Arnold F. Meyer & Co. Inc. (builder)
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Barfield-Staples House
National Register Listing Date:9/12/1985 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:Ernest Flagg Stone Masonry Houses of Milwaukee County
Additional Information:1985-

Cotswold Cottage. One of the Ernest Flagg Stone Masonry Houses of Milwaukee County.

This is one of two Flagg System houses in Milwaukee County built for two families. Each half originally was a mirror image of the other. The house has a limestone exterior and is U-shaped with regular window and door openings. There are eight hipped roof dormers and four chimneys with distinctive round openings. It has a composition gable roof. A garage was added to the south half of the house in 1935 and a dining room with a bedroom above. The kitchen enlarged, a powder room added and a family room was built over the garage. At that time, the location of the stairs in the south half was changed also. The living room in both sections is one step below the level of the rest of the rooms. The ceilings in both wings have a roof rafter and tie beam. Both halves have casement windows opening inward over tile sills. An interesting feature is the wall which surrounds the house on the south and east. It is made of such enormous slabs of quarried limestone that it is hard to imagine how they were moved without machanical equipment.

This house is architecturally significant because is is one of a group of stone masonry houses built by Arnold F. Meyer & Company, Inc. according to the construction methods of Ernest Flagg. It is also significant because it is one of two two-family homes.
Bibliographic References:A. Milwaukee City Directory, 1925. B. Permit #284, Village of Whitefish Bay.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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