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215 S GREEN AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:William H. Kell House
Other Name:
Reference Number:47272
Location (Address):215 S GREEN AVE
County:St. Croix
City:New Richmond
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1875
Survey Date:1983
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Italianate
Structural System:
Wall Material:Clapboard
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Kell, William H., House
National Register Listing Date:5/31/1988 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:Multiple Resources of New Richmond
Additional Information:Clapboard and wood shingles are the exterior fabric on this 2 story residence. Wood shingles of various design cover the 2nd story. Sawn wood brackets are under the eave on a plain frieze. The cornice is boxed and there are endboards. The 2 story section has a low pitched hip roof. Rear additions of 1 and 1 1/2 stories have gable roofs. Asphalt shingles cover the roof. The basillica shaped plan has stone foundation exterior fabirc. Window frames have wood entablautre head frames. Most are 2/2 awning windows. A one story porch is at the east corner of the front (north) side. It has a flat roof and sawn wood scrolls under a plain frieze with brackets. The entry is under the porch on the east side of the ell formed by the basillica plan. A 2/2 window is on the first story north facade under the porch. Above the porch on the north is a 2/2 window. Angular shaped shingles and one diamond patternd formed by four shingles cover the second story here. This same diamond pattern is repeated over the porch on the east side and on the second story north part of the west side. The middle section of the north side has a 2/2 window on each story. The second story has dentil like wood shingles. The west section of this side also has a 2/2 window on each story. On the west side second story shingles are engular. The north section has no windows. There are two 2/2 paned windows on each story on the south part of the two story section. The north paned window has a closed shutter ( and may not have a window under it at all). South of this area a flat roofed wall dormer with a 2/2 window on the 1 1/2 story addition. A square window is on this side. The one story garage addition is south of this. The east side has a 1/2 shuttered window identical to that on the west. Shingles are angular. A one story bawy window with a flat roof is below this. The cornice is boxed and there are sawn wood brackets and dentil molding on the frieze. Three 2/2 windows are below this. Wood shingles and sawn wood is a dscalloped pattern are under the windows on this bay. South of this a story enclsoedporch is in front of the 1 1/2 story section. A two story barn is in the SE corner of the property. It has a gable roof with the gable end facing the road. There are end boards, a box cornice and a plain frieze. Shiplap wood covers the surface. Two top hinged garage size doors are on the east first story and two windows on the north side (see SC 26-19). The corner lot has minimal landscaping. This consists of only a few bushes near the house. Overall the house is in excellent condition. Significance The Italianate design of this residence is one of the best examples of the style in New Richmond. It has redtained its original inetgrity. The ubilding is further distinguished by the excellence of the wood shingle detailing. It is a fine representation of this type of construction. Historical Background and Significance The age or original owner of the houise was not determined. According to the current owner "Ball 1874" is carved in the attifc, this could be the signature of a local carpenter. Italianate styling would be appropriate around that time in New Richmond. The residence is not in an area destroyed by the 1899 tornado. An 1897 plat map notes O.F. Brown as the ownewr. A former resident says the Quinlan and LInehan family lived here for many years. It does not appear that there is any historical significance associated with this residence.
Bibliographic References:
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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