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802 S 8TH ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:William & Philipina King House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:7116
Location (Address):802 S 8TH ST
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Year Built:1907
Survey Date:1986
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Neoclassical
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Wall Material:Clapboard
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Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Clyman Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:8/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:2/27/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Additional Information:This was the home of William King between c. 1908 and c. 1924. Little is known of King except that he was an owner of a lumber company. This may have been his retirement home.

This house has some historical interest as the home of lumberman William King. Initial research indicates that his career is not significant.

Built in 1908 for the lumberman William King, this frame hipped roofed house is dominated by an uncommon two-story entry portico woth lower full-width porch that features a flat roof with modillion decorated overhang and plain entablature supported by two-story colossal fluted columns with Corinthian capitals. Pedimented dormers, wooden quoins, a large wall chimney with an ornamental blind arch, a two-story north bay and decked porte cochere, further characterize the house. Many elaborate leaded cut glass windows and a sidelighted entrance door with cut-glass transom window also ornament this well-preserved house. A one-story addition is located at the rear.

Elaborate cherry and oak woodwork including a hand carved oak banister on the stairs remains in the the interior. The removal of the north part of the porch has altered the original design of the house.

The William King house is significant as an example of the Neo-Classical Revival style. The only good example of Neo-Classical Revival residential architecture in the city, the King house exhibits the dominating full-length porch with colossal Corinthan columns, the symmetrical facade and classical deatils such as modillions, quoins, sidelighted door and pedimented dormers associated with the Neo-Classical style. Other examples of the Neo-Classic influenced in residentical architecture in Watertown can be found mainly in classical influenced porches such as the Queen Anne styled house at 701 S. 4th (41-29) and in the Colonial Revival styled houses at 214 S. Washington (55-6), 907 Clyman St. (43-33) and 408 S. Washington (54-27).

The best example of the Neo-Classical style in Watertown is the City Library at 100 S. Water Street.
Bibliographic References:(A) Evelyn Ruddick Rose, Our Heritage of Homes (Watertown Historical Society, 1980), p. 63. (B) Watertown City Directories, 1866-1930, Watertown, Wisconsin Public Library.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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