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15 S PARK AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Hans & Anna Kraut House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:54782
Location (Address):15 S PARK AVE
County:Fond du Lac
City:Fond du Lac
Unincorporated Community:
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Year Built:1931
Survey Date:1991
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Tudor Revival
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Wall Material:Limestone
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National/State Register Listing Name: East Division Street - Sheboygan Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:4/17/2010 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:2/19/2010 12:00:00 AM
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Additional Information:This two and one-half story Tudor Revival house is unusually detailed. The combination hip and gable roof has a clay tile roof and the gable ends are decorated in a half-timber manner, The house has a combination of stucco walls that are heavily accented with limestone veneer. A large limestone chimney projects from the side wall of the house near the entrance. Windows are of irrgular shapes and sizes. The front wall has grouped casements with elaborate stone trim. Other first floor windows are large with round arches. A prominent round arch decorates the main entrance.

This house is architecturally significant as a fine and unusual example of the Tudor Revival style. The form and massing of the building, along with the casement windows, the half-timbering, and liberal use of stone trim are all elements of the style. But they are used in an unusual manner in this design, a more formal interpretation of the style. The overall high quality of materials and workmanship in the building make it a distinctive house.

This was the home of Hans and Anna Kraut between 1932 and 1942. Hans Kraut was the president and general manager of the Giddings and Lewis Company, Fond du Lac's premier industry in the twentieth century.

This house is the home of Hans Kraut, who was the president of Giddings and Lewis during the time he lived here. It was during the twentieth century that Giddings and Lewis rose from a small machine tool company into an international leader in industrial technology. As president of the company during the mid-twentieth century, Kraut was, in part, responsible for this rise.
Bibliographic References:(A) Fond du Lac City Directories. (B) Sanborn-Perris Maps - Fond du Lac. (C) Fond du Lac Tax Rolls.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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