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1721 KING ST

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1721 KING ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Argyle & Jessie Scott House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:33084
Location (Address):1721 KING ST
County:La Crosse
City:La Crosse
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1918
Survey Date:1996
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Colonial Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Board
Architect:Percy Bentley and Otto Merman
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Cass and King Street Residential Historic District
National Register Listing Date:11/7/1997 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:4/22/1997 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Constructed in 1919 for Argle Scott, president of the La Crosse Box Company, the white frame two-story Scott House is a typical centrally planned traditional colonial house on the interior, but the exterior has non-traditional flush boards separated to create strong horizontal shadow lines visually read as capped clapboards. Exhibiting the appearance of traditional classical architecture, the design of the Palladian entry and the Palladian styled window in the west gable are, however, Bentley and Merman reinterpretations of the style.

Features include: siding of flush boards separated to create strong horizontal shadow lines; 5-bay facade with one-bay palladian styled entrance with broken pediment with "Rising Sun" design on the typanum and stylized classical column supports over side lighted entrance door, framed by applied pilasters; six over six windows; screened east side porch; cornice returns and quarter round window in gable ends; shed roofed dormer and one-story addition at the rear; palladian styled window in east gable.

In the mode of the colonial style that the later brought national recognition to Percy Bentley, the Scott House is significant as the only example of the Colonial Revival style by Percy Bentley in partnership with Otto Merman in La Crosse.

Bibliographic References:(A) H. Allen Brooks, "Percy Dwight Bentley at La Crosse." The Prairie School Review, Vol. IX, No. 3, 1972, p. 17. (B) H. Allen Brooks, "Percy Dwight Bentley at La Crosse." The Prairie School (New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1972). P. 318. (C) Otto Merman Blue Print Collection p. 274. A.R.C. Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. A. Bentley and Merman Commission Records, UW-La Crosse, ARC. B. City Tax Records, UW-La Crosse, ARC. C, City Directories.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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