803 Clyman St. | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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803 Clyman St.

Architecture and History Inventory
803 Clyman St. | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:John Schempf House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:7138
Location (Address):803 Clyman St.
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1896
Survey Date:1986
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Structural System:
Wall Material:Clapboard
Architect:O.C. Wehling
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Clyman Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:8/3/2015
State Register Listing Date:2/27/2015
Additional Information:Gables projecting over second story has brackets under the overhang; west pedimented gable projects over rounded two story bay window; shingled gable ends; palladian styled window in west gable and oriel window in north gable end.

This house was the home of John Schempf between c. 1900 and around 1920. John Schempf was related to George and Leonard Schempf who founded the Schempf Brothers store in 1848. The store grew to become the largest and most important department store in the community. John and Edward Schempf continued the tradition of family ownership until the store closed in 1936.

This house has historical interest as the home of John Schempf, one of the second generation of Schempfs to operate the Schempf Brothers department storem Watertown's most significant retail business. While John Schempf was important in the later operation of the Schempf business, he was not the founder or long-timed original owner.

Designed by the Milwaukee architect, O.C. Wehling, this Queen Anne styled house is further characterized by a wrap around flat roofed porch with dentil trim under the eaves that is supported by Tuscan columns. This house is currently in the process of being restored.

The John Schempf house is significant as an example of the Queen Anne style in Watertown. One of the few good frame examples of the Queen Anne style remaining in the city, and certainly one of the most elaborate, this house exhibits the common Queen Anne hipped roof with multiple cross gables and multiple lower cross gables and the multiple overhangs and projections that provide the irregularity of form and wall surface essential to this style while an open porch serves as an asymmetrical element for this picturesque house. Other significant examples of the Queen Anne style in the city constructed in wood are the houses at 804 Clyman St. (43-28), 306 N. Washington (55-28) and 118 N. Washington St. (55-18).
Bibliographic References:(A) Blueprints, in possession of owner, Jane and Joseh Sweeney, 803 Clyman St., Watertown. (B) Watertown City Directories, 1866-1930, Watertown, Wisconsin Public Library. (C) "Schempf Store in Business for 88 Years," Watertown Daily Times Centennial Issue, June 26, 1954, n.p.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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