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405 COLLINS ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Henry H. Huson House and Water Tower
Other Name:Yankee Hill Bed and Breakfast
Reference Number:82205
Location (Address):405 COLLINS ST
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Year Built:1871
Additions: 1873
Survey Date:1975
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Italianate
Structural System:
Wall Material:Clapboard
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Huson, Henry H., House and Water Tower
National Register Listing Date:11/28/1980
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Built in 1871 with additions in 1873, this two story Downingesque house has atall rectangular tower and a porch across the front and was built for Henry H. Huson, a department store owner. Sheboygan County Landmark.

Across from the Queen Anne house built for Henry Huson in 1871 stands the picturesque two-story water tower that Huson built in 1887 to provide running water for his family. Each level of the wooden structure is clad in a different fashion. On the first story, battens cover the seams of the vertical board walls that terminate in semicircular arches. A wide horizontal band of drop siding divides this level from the narrower clapboards cladding the second story. Triangular pediments on the first story yield to pedimented hoods on the second. A multifaceted cupola with a cross-gabled roof rises atop the low-pitched hipped roof. The original windmill once atop the cupola is gone. The windmill pumped water to the house, where it was stored in second-story reservoirs and released through a gravity-flow system. Six water towers like this one stood in Plymouth in the 1890s, but this is the only survivor.
Bibliographic References:Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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