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517 MONROE ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Cole Brothers House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:27634
Location (Address):517 MONROE ST
City:Sheboygan Falls
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1846
Survey Date:1993
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Structural System:Balloon Frame
Wall Material:Asphalt
Architect:Thomas Trow
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Cole Historic District
National Register Listing Date:12/1/1988 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:A 'site file' (Cole Historic District) 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 Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History

The Cole Brothers house was originally built with lumber from the Stedman sawmill. It was completely shingled over at an unknown date. The building was originally a side-gabled Greek Revival, but a projecting front gable was added, creating an L-plan. The original entrance in the ell is now sheltered by an arched porch. The foundation consists of plastered-over field stone. A front addition was constructed in 1926 to house a barber shop.

Charles Cole moved to Sheboygan Falls in 1838, where Silas Stedman was running a sawmill. In 1842, Cole's brothers moved into the area and they built their house in 1846. Cole was appointed postmaster of Sheboygan Falls in 1840 and owned a general store next to his brother' home. His wife Sarah was the city's first school teacher, which she ran from their family home next to the general store. Cole also secured the first Temperance League in the midwest, which he directed from the second story of the general store.
Bibliographic References:THE SHEBOYGAN PRESS 6/26/1994. SHEBOYGAN PRESS 2/13/1995. SHEBOYGAN PRESS 9/14/1995.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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