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8313 STATE HIGHWAY 19 | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Frederick Schumann Farmstead - house
Other Name:
Reference Number:4893
Location (Address):8313 STATE HIGHWAY 19
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:SE
Quarter/Quarter Section:SW
Year Built:1878
Survey Date:1993
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Side Gabled
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stone - Unspecified
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Schumann, Frederick, Farmstead
National Register Listing Date:12/10/1993 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:10/8/1993 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
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.

Set in a picturesque valley, the Schumann House is a rare example in Wisconsin of a true saltbox design, two stories tall in the front but just one in the back, with a side-gable roof and a long rear slope. Like many stone houses in northwestern Dane County, the building's walls are eighteen inches thick, made of locally quarried limestone rubble and trimmed with dressed stones. Frederick Schumann (or a mason who assisted him) laid the walls with a grid of beaded or raised mortar joints to create the formal look of cut stone known as "ashlar," and crowned the windows and doors with broad limestone lintels. The sun porch and bedroom additions to the south are recent.

Schumann, who in 1850 emigrated from Saxony, in northwestern Germany, was a carpenter and woodworker. He expressed pride in his fine craftsmanship by inscribing his initials and the date 1878 in the triangular lintel over the entry.

Resurveyed October 2012; visible changes include the residing of the south addition and the replacement of earlier 6-over-6 windows with newer 12-pane casement windows.

Obituary of one of the property owners: MADISON—John C. “Jack” Street, age 87, of Madison, died on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Agrace Hospice Care in Janesville. He was born in Chicago on April 3, 1930, son of The Rev. (later Rt. Rev.) Charles Larrabee Street and Louise (Rouse) Street, then of Sycamore, Ill. Burial will be in the family lot in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Eve Baker Street (1945-2014).

There was one non-academic accomplishment of which Professor Street was especially proud: the restoration of an 1878 stone salt-box house in Berry Township, northwest of Madison. Thanks to sheer luck he was able to purchase the fine old house—with considerable acreage and part of a small lake—for a very reasonable price in 1965. After much physical labor, and professional replacement of wiring, plumbing, etc., he moved into the house in 1966, and lived there (with his wife, after marriage in 1975) for over 30 years. In the meantime, with the help of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, he was able to get the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and in 1974 sold the lake property on his farm to the Dane County Parks Department for what has since then been called Indian Lake County Park.
Bibliographic References:HISTORY OF DANE CO., 1880, 1265. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, Frederick Schumann Farmstead. 1993. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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