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812 W 5TH ST

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812 W 5TH ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Charles E. and Nettie Blodgett House
Other Name:Dennis and Kathleen Anderson House
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:55554
Location (Address):812 W 5TH ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1918
Survey Date:2005
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Colonial Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Clapboard
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: West Fifth Street - West Sixth Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:2/14/2006 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:9/23/2005 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:2005-
finest example of the Colonial Revival style in the district, located on a large corner lot, main facade faces north toward W. Fifth St.

This rectilinear plan, two-story house has poured concrete foundation walls, exterior walls that are clad in clapboard, and a symmetrical three-bay-wide main facade whose centered main entrance is sheltered by an entrance porch that features an entablature supported by two pairs of columns, the outside of each one being square in plan and paneled and the inner one being a Tuscan Order column. The house is sheltered by a large gable roof that features returned eaves and both gable-roofed and segmental-arch-roofed dormers.

Windows feature multi-light upper sash over single-light bottom sash. The house is further distinguished by the large one-story-tall sun porch and screen porch ells that are placed at either end of the main facade.

Charles E. Blodgett was one of the most successful businessmen in Marshfield during the first third of the twentieth century. Blodgett came to Marshfield in 1889 and purchased the old Tremont Hotel, which he continued to operate for the next thirty years as the Blodgett Hotel. From 1905-1910, Blodgett was a partner in the Blodgett and Booth Lumber Co. in Marshfield. In 1911 he established the C. E. Blodgett Cheese, Butter, and Egg Company, which he developed into the largest such firm in Wisconsin, with cheese receiving plants located in Marshfield, Merrilan, Osseo, Rice Lake, Stanley, Stratford, Prentice, Wisconsin Rapids, and Alma Center. In 1926 he also built the new Charles Hotel in Marshfield (extant), and a year later he purchased the Oneida Hotel in Rhinelander, WI, which he enlarged. In addition to these operations he served as the president, in 1922, of the First National Bank of Marshfield as well.
Bibliographic References:SANBORN-PERRIS MAPS OF MARSHFIELD: 1884, 1887, 891, 1898, 1904, 1912, 1925, 1925 (UPDATED TO 1941), 1925 (UPDATED TO 1960). SCHNITZLER, DONALD H. (ED.) THE MARSHFIELD STORY. VOL. 1., AMHERST, WI, 1997, PP. 343-344; VOL. 2, EAGLE RIVER, WI, 2000. CITY OF MARSHFIELD TAX ROLLS. 2005, Timothy F. Heggland. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, West Fifth Street - West Sixth Street Historic District, Marshfield, WI.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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