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908 CHARLES ST

Architecture and History Inventory
908 CHARLES ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:Franz William and Edna Keppler House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:75559
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):908 CHARLES ST
County:Jefferson
City:Watertown
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Unincorporated Community:
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1930
Additions:
Survey Date:19862012
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Tudor Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stone - Unspecified
Architect:
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
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:
NOTES
Additional Information:Large wall chimney of fieldstone on front facade; steep gabled entrance with round arched door and second story door with wrought iron balcony. Multipaned windows; brick sills; arched gateway; attached garage on south side with shaped parapets and flat roof.

Franz Keppler, an insurance salesman, lived here 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.

Although important as an example of the Tudor Revival as interpreted in a modest 1920-1930s example of the style probably constructed by a local contractor, this house is not architecturally significant because there are better examples of the style in the city. Significant examples of the style are located at 1326 Thomas Ave. (35-16), 901 Richards Ave. (35-3), 1333 Livesey Place, and 904 Charles St. Other important examples comparable to this house are the houses at 903 Richards Ave. (35-4), 1332 Livesey Place (34-12) and 908 Charles St. (34-17). All of these houses are located in the proposed Richards Hill Residential Historic District.
Bibliographic References:(A) Watertown City Directories, 1866-1930, Watertown, Wisconsin Public Library.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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