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654 W PRAIRIE ST

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654 W PRAIRIE ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:REUBEN W. CHADBOURN HOUSE
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Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:3516
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):654 W PRAIRIE ST
County:Columbia
City:Columbus
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1860
Additions: 1876
Survey Date:1996
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Gabled Ell
Structural System:Balloon Frame
Wall Material:Clapboard
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Demolished?:No
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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
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NOTES
Additional Information:SHUTTERED WINDOWS, TURNED PORCH POLES, ROUND ARCHED WINDOWS IN BAY ON SIDE. CHADBOURN CAME TO COLUMBUS FROM MAINE IN 1849. HE ASSISTED SETTLERS WITH THEIR LAND CLAIMS AND LOANED MONEY AS A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL. HE GOT A CHARTER FOR BANKING AND IN 1861 HIS BANK BECAME THE PRESENT FIRST NATIONAL BANK, THE 178TH CHARTERED BANK IN THE COUNTRY. HIS FAMILY WAS INVOLVED IN COLUMBUS BANKING FOR THREE GENERATIONS. Built ca. 1860 as a Gabled Ell house for banker Reuben W. Chadbourn and later remodeled and expanded by him in 1876, which is probably the date of the elaborate front porch and rear wings. Note that Chadbourn's original carriage house is now itself a separate house at 649 Narrow St.
Bibliographic References:COLUMBUS HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE TOURS, COLUMBUS HISTORIC LANDMARKS AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION, 1994. Butterfield, C. W. History of Columbia Co., WI. Chicago: Western Historical Co., 1880, p. 958. City of Columbus Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission site files. City of Columbus Real Estate Tax Rolls. Columbus Republican: May 20, 1876, p. 1. Stare, Frederick A. The Story of Columbus. Installment No. 40 (p. 57-58).
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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