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Wilmarth School

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1895, Henry Wildhagen. 913 3rd Ave. W

Wildhagen, one of northern Wisconsin’s best-known architects in his time, was particularly noted for schoolhouses. This cream brick school has a two-story projecting central towered pavilion. Suggesting Romanesque Revival, an enormous round-arched window lights the staircase at the pavilion’s second story, and a trio of round-arched openings illuminates the third. Each arch is formed by brownstone voussoirs, which combine with brownstone quoins and stringcourses to give the building its striking polychromy. Wildhagen also designed Ashland Middle School (1000 Ellis Avenue), Beaser School (612 Beaser Avenue), and Ellis School (310 Stuntz Avenue).

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Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Wilmarth School", [Ashland, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 300-301.

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