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1333 LIVSEY DR | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Dr. Theodore C. Abelmann House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:7162
Location (Address):1333 LIVSEY DR
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1922
Survey Date:19862012
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Tudor Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stucco
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Richards Hill Residential Historic District
National Register Listing Date:6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:11/16/2012 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Large jerkinhead dormer and entrance bay; arched open entrance porch supported by square posts; arched entrance with fan shaped over light; paneled enframement; multipaned windows; shingles curved around edge of roof; screened east side porch; west sun porch. Garage.

This was the home of Theodore Abelman, a doctor, between c. 1924 and c. 1936.

Initial research indicates that none of the occupants of this house are historically significant either individually, or as a group within the proposed historic district.

Built in 1920-1921 for Dr. Theodore Abelmann, this English Cottage Styled house and garage was placed in a setting designed by E.H. Niles, a landscape architect associated with the White Elm Nursery in Oconomowoc, WI. The original picturesque landscape design as well as the picturesque house are in an excellent state of preservation. An English Cottage styled garage similar in style to the house is lcoated at the rear of the house.

The Theodore Abelmann house is significant under criterion C as an example of the Tudor Revival style English Cottage. Among the best of the Tudor Revival styled houses popular in the 1920s in Watertown, this house exhibits the rare but distinctive false thatched roof created by rolling the shingles around the eaves, stucco exterior, front cross gable, multipaned grouped windows typically found in the Tudor Revival style. The similarly designed garage landscape preserved in its original state add to the architectural significance of this 1920s Period Revival house.

Other significant examples of Tudor Revival influenced residential architecture are the houses at 1326 Thomas Ave. (35-16), 904 Charles St. (34-16) and 901 Richards Ave. (35-3), all of which are located in the proposed Richards Hill Residential Historic District.
Bibliographic References:(A) Mrs. William Snook (former owner), interview with Joan Rausch, 19 February 1987. (B) Blueprints, in possession of Mrs. William Snook (former owner). (C) 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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