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406 S WASHINGTON ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Charles Harte
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:7206
Location (Address):406 S WASHINGTON ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1860
Survey Date:1986
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Federal
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: South Washington Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:11/26/2003 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:7/18/2003 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Charles Harte, an insurance salesman, lived here between c. 1907 and c. 1924.

Built in the late 1850s or early 1860s for the dentist Charles Harte, this brick Colonial house type showing some influence of the "Adamesque" Federal style is characterized mainly by stepped gable end walls and chimneys and bracketed overhanging eaves or cornice topped by a roof balustrade. Exhibiting an off-set entrance, the house is characterized further by straight flat window lintels, six over six lights, and a frieze band window on the north one and a half story wing. A curving open stairway remains in the interior.

The Harte house has been altered by the addition of a decked enclosed porch, a one-story rear addition and the application of paint to the brick exterior. The addition to the back of the house was built in the early 20th century and the other changes to the house may be from this period as well.

The Charles Harte house is significant under criterion C as a good example of the 19th century Federal style. Exhibiting almost no "Adamesque" ornament as is typical of the 19th century interpretation of the Federal style, the Harte house is a brick box with brick parapets with small amounts of white wood ornament including bracketed eaves and white roof balustrade. The Harte house is one of three significant examples of this colonial style built in the mid-19th century remaining are the houses at 406 So. Washington (54-29), 1215 Western Ave. (35-13) and 214 No. Water (64-35).
Bibliographic References:(A) Evelyn Ruddick Rose, Our Heritage of Homes (Watertown Historical Society, 1980), pp. 18. (B) Watertown City Directories, 1866-1930, Watertown Public Library.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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