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137 N OAKLAND AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Harry Fisk House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:2159
Location (Address):137 N OAKLAND AVE
City:Green Bay
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
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Year Built:1912
Survey Date:1985
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Prairie School
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:Foeller & Schober (C)
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Oakland--Dousman Historic District
National Register Listing Date:4/27/1988 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Photo code #2: 75BR-6/32 Large, good Prairie School house with symmetrical facade. In plan, the house is U shaped, with the rectangular main block having two shallow two-story-tall rectilinear bays forming frontal end salients at either end of the main facade. The large hip roof with hipped end salients has wide overhanging eaves and stucco covered soffits. In the center of the roof, placed between the two main salients, is a large dormer group having hip roof end salients, each with one 1/1 light window floating a three window group with a pent roof above and three 4/1 windows; the whole sided in stucco and ornamented by thin pointed wood bands. The first floor of the house is sided in brick above the concrete plinth foundation and terminates in a painted beltcourse which forms the second floor window sills. The second floor above the beltcourse is stucco sided and the horizontality of the whole is emphasized by the use of a system of ornaments based on the use of contrasting bands painted a lighter color than the walls which form the beltcourse, cornice, window frames, and which frame the stucco panels between the windows. A full width hip roof, open front porch covers the first floor of the main facade and has a solid brick balustrade with the roof supported by four massive brick piers. The entrance door has large sidelights on either side and is flanked by massive brick pilasters echoing the porch piers. Pilasters also terminate the main facades so that for every pier there is a corresponding pilaster on the facade behind; the entrance steps leading up to the porch are flanked by concrete urns resting on extensions of the brick balustrade. 137 N. Oakland Avenue is significant as the finest and largest example of the Prairie School style in west Green Bay and one of the best in the city. The generous size of both house and grounds creates a feeling of quiet repose and a feeling emphasized by the use of horizontal design elements typical of the Prairie School. Significance is enhanced by the near original condition of the whole and by the good maintenance given to the house over the years.
Bibliographic References:(A) Brown County Tax rolls. (B) Green Bay Press-Gazette. March 20, 1937. (C) Berness-Schober Assoc., Inc. Archives Stick No. 121.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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