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John and Frederica Brosemer House

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1874, Caspar Steuber. 6766 U.S. 12

Although constructed of rubble, this house gets its attractive geometric appearance from its limestone veneer, which is laid in a distinctive pattern known as block-and-stack. Steuber, a German stonemason living in the Honey Creek area of neighboring Sauk County, built the house by alternating small stacks of unfinished stones with large blocks, which he worked with a hammer and chisel to produce an interesting texture. A raised bead along the mortar joints gives the wall a finished appearance, and a wooden sunburst ornaments the front gable end. The enclosed porch on the east side of the house was added in 1959. John Brosemer, a native of Baden in southwestern Germany, immigrated to New York with his parents in 1840. Eleven years later, he established this farm near those of other German immigrants. The extensive farm complex seen today has evolved over the years.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "John and Frederica Brosemer House", [Sauk City, 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, 433-433.

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