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910 BROAD ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Carpenter-Douglas Barn
Other Name:
Reference Number:70154
Location (Address):910 BROAD ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1847
Survey Date:1993
Historic Use:barn
Architectural Style:Front Gabled
Structural System:
Wall Material:Cobblestone
Other Buildings On Site:1
Demolished Date:2008
National/State Register Listing Name: Dow, J.B., House and Carpenter Douglas Barn
National Register Listing Date:1/7/1983
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:Multiple Resources of Beloit
Additional Information:A 'site file' titled "Dow, J.B., House and Carpenter-Douglas Barn" 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. Removed from the National Register on 5/12/2009.

The two-story barn is 18' x 31' and is constructed of cobblestones of sizes varying from two inches to four inches. The smaller stones are generally found on the first story level and the larger stones at the second story level. Tooled limestone quoins 8" x 14" are laid at each corner of the building. The horizontal bands of cobblestone are laid in bands of v-shaped mortar. A portion of the south wall has been repaired by the present owner. Walls are 14" thick with a rubble core of small stone and a larger cobblestone veneer."

The Carpenter-Douglas Barn at 910 Broad Street, built c. 1847, is the only known extant non-residential structure built of cobblestones in Rock County, and is architecturally significant as representing that unique form of construction. It was originally part of a complex of two cobblestone buildings, including a residence which stood at 918 Broad Street. This residence was torn down to make way for a recreational vehicle sales lot.

Although the cobblestone barn, built c. 1847, is the only extant example of its type in Rock County, the original house with which it was connected, located on the adjacent lot, was torn down in 1973. The house at 910 Broad Street was built in 1905 by J.B. Dow, a realtor, lawyer, and insurance salesman. The only connection between the barn and the house, however, is that apparently the barn was already on the lot when Dow purchased the property.
Bibliographic References:(A) "Cobblestone Buildings of Rock County," NRHP Inventory form, 1981 (manuscript--RCHS). (B) Beloit Tax Rolls, RCHS Archives.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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