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326 E NORTH ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:First English Lutheran Church
Other Name:First English Lutheran Church
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:39216
Location (Address):326 E NORTH ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1931
Additions: 1959
Survey Date:1991
Historic Use:rectory/parsonage
Architectural Style:Neogothic Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Limestone
Other Buildings On Site:1
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Appleton City Park Historic District
National Register Listing Date:10/25/2002 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:7/19/2002 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Related buildings: OU 73/12; attached to 38/14.

This structure contributes to the significance of the Appleton City Park Historic District under criterion C as a fine example of a complexly massed and picturesquely composed Neogothic Revival church designed to reflect the German origins of its congregation in its central European monastic church inspired design. The unique facade treatment of the church was designed to disguise the basic end-gabled rectangular body of the church structure by appending on to the front a complex arrangement of small, variously shaped additions that focus on a spire-topped corner portal. These were designed to appear as if they had all been added over time in a creative, ad hoc manner. the result is certainly one of the most romantic and picturesquely charming church facades in Wisconsin.

This structure contributes to the significance of the City Park Historic District under Criterion C as a charmingly picturesque late example of a Neogothic style parish house. This long, low rambling, thin little building with its multiple gables, variety of cladding materials and highly ornamental fenestration was designed to huddle under the walls of the towering church in the manner of a chapter house in a medieval church complex and contributes to the overall illusion that it is part of an ancient ecclesiastical establishment built over a long period of time in an incremental manner. This structure contributes to making the first English Lutheran Church complex one of the highwater marks of the late Neogothic style in Wisconsin.
Bibliographic References:.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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