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2614 E MENLO BLVD | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Other Name:
Reference Number:16925
Location (Address):2614 E MENLO BLVD
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1925
Additions: 1954 1965 1969
Survey Date:19852011
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:French Provincial
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stone - Unspecified
Architect:Ernest Flagg
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Bossert, Thomas, 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:Cotswold Cottage. One of the Ernest Flagg Stone Masonry Houses of Milwaukee County.

This two-story Flagg System home is rectangular with symmetrical window and door openings. The exterior walls are limestone and there is a hip roof with wooden shakes. The house faces south. The garage is not attached and is not architecturally significant. There are two pairs of ridge dormers, two gable dormers, and two chimneys. At each corner of the house are square towers with hip roofs. The southwest and northeast towers contain stairs to the second floor because there is no connecting corridor on the second floor. The southeast tower has a breakfast nook and the northwest tower contains a bath. A family room added to the northeast corner of the house in 1965 does not detract from the general outlines of the house. There is a beam and girder ceiling throughout the first floor. Casement windows open inward over tile sills and there is a stone fireplace in the living room. A door in the west wall of the living room was altered to a window at some time. The bathroom is one step up from the upstairs hall. There is a small sleeping porch at the east and west ends of the second floor. In 1954 a partition was removed in the living room, in 1965 the kitchen was remodeled and in 1969 two water closets were installed.

The house is architecturally significant because it is one of a group of stone masonry houses built by Arnold F. Meyer according to the Ernest Flagg System of constuction. With only minor changes, the design for the house appears to have been taken from Flagg's book of larger homes and is just across the street from a home built by Meyer for his brother.

Historical Background:

With only minor changes this house appears to have been similar to one noted in Flagg's publication "Small Houses, Their Design & Construction," and built at his Staten Island estate.
Bibliographic References:A. Building Permit # 210, Village of Shorewood. B. Maynard W. Meyer. C. Alteration Permits. Shorewood Herald 6/21/2001.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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