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217 E PARK AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Horatio and Harriet Ward
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:48776
Location (Address):217 E PARK AVE
County:Green Lake
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1854
Survey Date:1991
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Clapboard
Other Buildings On Site:1
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Nathan Strong Park Historic District
National Register Listing Date:5/10/2005 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/21/2005 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Another map code is 3/13, found on the DOT map. This two story Greek Revival styled house features an L-shaped plan configuration (with additions), a concrete founation, a clapboard exterior, a wood trim and an asphalt shingled multi-gable and flat roof. The building is in good condition, and is related to a carriage house (GL 23/16). Architectural/Engineering Singificance: This structure contributes to the significance of the Nathan Strong Park Historic District under cirterion C as an outstanding example of a Greek Revival house updated in the early 20th Century in the fashinable neo-classical style by the addition of a handsome Ionic front porch, alterations to the first floor windows and the addition of brick chimneys to accommodate new fireplaces. The stately house illustrates chance over time as high quality alterations and additions were made to keep this always much admired house up-to-date with current fashions. At the rear of the lot is a fine early carriage barn, now converted to a garage. Historical Background: Horatio and Harriet Ward had this house built around 1854. Horatio was a broker who was involved with a variety of unrelated enterprises in Berlin, including raising Angora Goats. [1]. In 1973, the house was sold to James Carey, who was involved with the cranberry business. Finanial troubles caused him to lose his properties and the house was sold in 1882 to George B. Sacket. Mr. Sacket had investments in cranberry marshes and was a senior member of the banking firm, Sakcet and Fitch. He died in 1884 and his widow lived in the house for the next thirty years. She was remarried to Mr. Katenbach, an Episcopal minister, and moved from Berlin in 1916. At this time the house was sold to Cyrus W. Allen, who was operating a lumber yard on the river. [1]. In 1945, Dr. A. J. Wiesender bought the house from the Allen Estate. Dr. Wiesender was a physician in Berlin for over fifty years. [1].
Bibliographic References:1. Gillett, "Early Houses in Berlin, Wis.," 1976, pp. 7-9.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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