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303 GILLETT ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:William I. Cole House
Other Name:
Reference Number:53854
Location (Address):303 GILLETT ST
County:Fond du Lac
City:Fond du Lac
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1857
Survey Date:1988
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Italianate
Structural System:
Wall Material:Clapboard
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Cole, William I., House
National Register Listing Date:3/28/2002
State Register Listing Date:10/19/2001
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:A 'site file' (Cole Historic District) 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 Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History.

Photo code #2: 74FD-32/32-34.

This two story Italianate house has a hip roof, wide eaves, paired brackets and a paneled frieze. The house also features clapboard siding and broad corner pilasters. Windows are generally single light sashes, and some on the second story have been enclosed somewhat. They are decorated with elaborate wooden surrounds. The front entrance features a double wood door with arched transom that is decorated with a hood, brackets, and pilasters. The front porch has a flat roof supported by grouped thin square posts and brackets. On one of the side walls are a two story bay and oriel, both decorated with brackets and friezes.

This house is a fine example of the Italianate style. The hip roof, bracketed eves, frieze, and porch with thin posts are all typical elements of the style. This house also has the square form and massing seen on most Italianate houses. The corner pilasters are somewhat unusual, but overall, this house is a fine and well built example of the style.

The original owner and occupant of this house needs further research to determine. But, that was the home of William I. Cole, the Vice-President of the Cole Savings Bank, in the early twentieth century.

This house is not currently significant historically, however further research may uncover historical information that makes the house significant in the future.
Bibliographic References:A. City Directories for the City of Fond du Lac, on file at the Fond du Lac Public Library, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. B. Sanborn-Perris Maps for the City of Fond du Lac, on file in the ARchives of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. C. Tax Rolls for the City of Fond du Lac, on file in the Area Research Center of the university of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Library, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. D. Carol Cartwright, City of Fond du Lac Intensive Survey Report, Fond du Lac: City of fond du Lac, 1992.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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