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443 W PRAIRIE ST

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443 W PRAIRIE ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:ANNETTE AND ANDREW O. SEXTON HOUSE
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:3511
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):443 W PRAIRIE ST
County:Columbia
City:Columbus
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1877
Additions:
Survey Date:1996
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Stick Style
Structural System:
Wall Material:Clapboard
Architect:Edward Townsend MixRichard D. Vanaken
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Prairie Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:1/7/1999 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:7/26/1998 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
NOTES
Additional Information:BRACKETS AND ORNAMENTAL TRUSSES IN GABLES, 3 STORY SQUARE TOWER W/HIP ROOF AND STICK STYLE ORNAMENT, ENCLOSED PORCH W/NARROW ROUND ARCHED MULTI-LIGHT WINDOWS. SEXTON WAS BORN IN CENTRAL, NEW YORK IN 1822. HE MARRIED ANNETTE FARNHAM, MOVED TO COLUMBUS IN 1855, AND BECAME INVOLVED IN THE GRAIN AND PRODUCE BUSINESS. HE WAS MAYOR OF COLUMBUS FOR TWO TERMS, ELECTED FIVE TERMS AS MASTER OF THE MASONIC LODGE, AND WAS THE LOCAL AUTHORITY ON THE CEREMONIES OF THE BLUE LODGE AND THE KNIGHTS TEMPLARS. The only example of the Stick Style in Columbus and an outstanding design, by prominent Milwaukee architect Edward Townsend Mix. Built for Andrew O. Sexton in 1877-78 by Columbus carpentry contractor Richard D. Vanaken, this wood house is one of the best houses of this period in Columbus and it is highly intact as well.
Bibliographic References:COLUMBUS HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE TOURS, COLUMBUS HISTORIC LANDMARKS AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION, 1994. City of Columbus Real Estate Tax Rolls. Columbus Democrat: December 9, 1876, p. 1; May 5, 1877. p. 1; June 30, 1877, p. 1. Columbus Republican: March 16, 1878, p. 1. Stare, Frederick A. The Story of Columbus. Installment Nos. 100 9 p. 153 and 279 (p. 417).
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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