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Frederick and Gertrude Chadbourn House

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1900, Van Ryn and de Gelleke. 314 S. Charles St.
  • (Photograph by Bill Guerin, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Set under the shady boughs of sugar maples, with a small grove of conifers at the rear, this house evokes a pre-industrial age. Chadbourn, a prominent banker and philanthropist, commissioned architects in Milwaukee to design this Tudor Revival house, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. The house has a rock-faced sandstone foundation, clapboard and shingle siding, and half-timbered upper walls, which combine to add texture and color to the design. Hexagonal bays, bow windows, flared eaves, and cusped bargeboards in the small front-facing gables enliven the asymmetrical plan. The gabled entrance porch features a semi-elliptical arch and a pierced wooden railing.

The carriage house, also by Van Ryn and de Gelleke, shows similar attention to detail. Patterned shingles lend a variety of textures, while the juxtaposition of intersecting gables and hipped dormers creates a lively roofline.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Frederick and Gertrude Chadbourn House", [Columbus, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 478-478.

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