104 E GILMAN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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104 E GILMAN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:John E. Kendall Residence
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:37021
Location (Address):104 E GILMAN ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1855
Survey Date:1991
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Second Empire
Structural System:
Wall Material:Sandstone
Architect:A. Kutzbock
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Mansion Hill Historic District
National Register Listing Date:6/4/1997
State Register Listing Date:2/11/1997
Additional Information:A 'site file' 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, State Historic Preservation Office. Madison Historic Landmark: 1/31/1972. Map code is 070914402064 The John E. Kendall House, built in 1855, was similarly altered. Kutzbock designed this sandstone residence in the Italianate mode with a hipped roof and cupola. The stone hoods, with their consoles, remain above the windows. In 1873, the owners added a lavish mansard roof, a front porch (now gone), and a bay window. A mansard roof also crowns the striking three-story central entrance bay, with its ornate arched openings and its bartizaned balustrade at the second story. These two houses suggest how popular the Second Empire design was among wealthy American in the 1870s, who admired buildings erected during the regime of Emperor Napoleon III (1852-1870) in France. "John E. Kendall from New York built this sandstone home in 1855, the first of the four houses at the corner of Pinkcney and Gilman, but he sold it six months later to land speculator James Richardson. The house was originally styled by August Kurtzbock in the Italianate mode, with a low, hipped roof and a cupola. However, in 1873 a mansard roof was added to adapt it to the modern French Second Empire style. In the late 1860s, at the height of Madison's resort era, this mansion was used as a summer home by the family of a wealthy St. Louis railroad man. Early in the 20th century, the house was graced by a frame porch across the entire front of the first floor. Ironwork with spiked finials danced along the roof line. Although not as elegant appearing as when constructed, the Kendall house remains a focal point on Mansion Hill." Madison's Pioneer Buildings: A Downtown Walking Tour, 1987.
Bibliographic References:Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript. Sandstone and Buffalo Robes: Madison's historic buildings, third edition, 1975. Madison's Pioneer Buildings: A Downtown Walking Tour, 1987. Madison Houses 1836-1915 by Jill Moore Marx
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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