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Francis and Blanche Schlosser House

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1935. 42 E. Brooklyn St.
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

When Francis Schlosser, superintendent of Chilton schools and editor of the state’s magazine for music educators, built this house, he chose a Moderne design, thus proclaiming his independence from convention. His stucco-clad house consists of one- and two-story, flat-roofed cubes of various asymmetrical volumes. Joining a broader cube with a narrower yet slightly taller one makes the central entrance portal appear to be off-center. The portal, which punctuates the roofline and is framed with stepped molding and pierced by an octagonal porthole, evokes the image of a transatlantic steamship. Wrapping around the corners of the taller cubes, bands of parallel lines suggest speed by recalling the aerodynamic lines of automobiles and other machinery that exemplified modernity. The tall chimney adds a dramatic vertical emphasis.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Francis and Blanche Schlosser House", [Chilton, 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, 271-271.

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