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151 W COLLEGE AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Architecture and History Inventory
151 W COLLEGE AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Walter S. Chandler House
Other Name:
Reference Number:94092
Location (Address):151 W COLLEGE AVE
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1876
Survey Date:1982
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Italianate
Structural System:
Wall Material:Clapboard
Architect:Edward Townsend Mix, Milwaukee
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Chandler, Walter S., House
National Register Listing Date:12/27/1974
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:Multiple Resources of Waukesha
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

Waukesha Local Landmark #1.

In most parts of the country, Gothic Revival domestic design lost its popularity soon after the Civil War, but it persisted longer in Wisconsin. Mix’s picturesque Chandler House exhibits lingering Gothic Revival details, coupled with the asymmetrical massing of the Queen Anne style.

Wooden decorations embellish every part of the two-story clapboard house, appropriately so, since Walter Chandler was a lumber dealer. A veranda with rounded and pointed arches wraps around the northwest part of the house, with an unusual cupola crowned by a spindle finial capping the veranda’s corner. Scroll-sawn brackets, bow-ribbon pendants, and quatrefoils lend a lacy look. The driveway passes beneath a porte-cochère, with basket-handle arches sprouting vines and trefoils in their spandrels and a pyramidal roof rising to another finial. The house’s most dramatic feature is the four-story central tower. Here, hexagonal shingles clad the topmost stage, and quatrefoil brackets prop up wooden balconets with sawtooth trim. Pairs of tall, pointed windows rise to a pyramidal roof with exposed rafter tails.
Bibliographic References:Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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