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1003 CHARLES ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Dr. Felix H. Zimmerman House
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:75562
Location (Address):1003 CHARLES ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1934
Survey Date:19862012
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:French Provincial
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stone - Unspecified
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:Felix Zimmerman, a doctor, 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.

An uncommon house style built in the 1930s for Felix Zimmerman, this stone French Eclectic influenced house is characterized by a gable of that has a lower and longer section over the entrance bay on the north end of the house. An octagonal tower with a polygonal conical roof, block dentil trim around the eaves and a long dentil trim around the eaves and a long narrow window on the second story intersects the entrance bay roof. A massive wall chimney also characterizes the north elevation. False half-timbering on the stuccoed upper story of the garage wing, segmental arched door and three-sided bay window are additional features of this house that is loosely based on the French farmhouses of Normandy.

The Felix Zimmerman house is significant under criterion C as an example of the French Eclectic style. The only house of this style in Watertown, the Zimmerman house patterned after the picturesque French farmhouses of Normandy exhibits the steep gable roof, the conical roofed entrance tower, decorative half-timbering and arched door that is characteristic of the style. Extremely well-preserved, the Zimmerman house was built in the 1920s-1930s Period Revival era in Watertown that was dominated by Tudor Revival style.
Bibliographic References:(A) Watertown City Directories, 1919-1934, Watertown Public Library, Watertown.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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