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NAMES
Historic Name:BRISBANE, WILLIAM HENRY, HOUSE
Other Name:
Contributing:
Reference Number:47458
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):END OF REIMANN RD
County:Iowa
City:
Township/Village:Arena
Unincorporated Community:
Town:8
Range:5
Direction:E
Section:21
Quarter Section:SW
Quarter/Quarter Section:NE
PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1868
Additions:
Survey Date:1976
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Gothic Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Cut Stone
Architect:
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Brisbane, William Henry, House
National Register Listing Date:9/13/1990 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:7/31/1996 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
NOTES
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 State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

A former planter from South Carolina's Sea Islands, William Brisbane came to live here in an enclave of Southerners during the early years of statehood. In 1835, having decided that slavery was immoral, he freed his slaves and moved to Ohio. By the early 1850s, he had become a nationally prominent abolitionist. At that time, he came to Wisconsin and co-founded the village of Arena. He returned to the South during the Civil War to serve President Abraham Lincoln’s administration in Union-occupied South Carolina. After the war, Brisbane came back to Arena and built this sturdy limestone dwelling.

It reflects Brisbane's regional roots. It is an I-house, a British-derived vernacular form that is rare in Wisconsin but was common in the South from colonial times through the early twentieth century. Named for their tall, narrow side profile, I-houses are side-gabled, two or two and one-half stories tall, and two rooms wide but only one room deep--the South's mild climate making it unnecessary to mass rooms and desirable to promote cross-ventilation. Typical of early I-houses, Brisbane's has steep roof pitches and lacks exterior ornament. The symmetrically arranged windows include unusual triple-hung sashes on the ground floor Yellow-brick chimneys jut from each end of the tin-covered roof.


A STONE, TWO AND A HALF-STORY HOUSE WITH STEEPLY-PITCHED GABLED ROOFS AND A NARROW FOOTPRINT. TWO ORIGINAL OUTBUILDINGS SURVIVE. THIS PROPERTY WAS BUILT BY EARLY SETTLER, INN OWNER AND AREA PROMOTER WILLIAM BRISBANE, WHO ALSO WAS A NATIONALLY NENOWNED ABOLITIONIST WRITER.
Bibliographic References:Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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