A native of New Hampshire, John Stickney watched Mazomanie grow rapidly from a hamlet into a prosperous village. He arrived on the first train in 1856 and became the station agent for the Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad (later part of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul). He also served as the first president of the Village of Mazomanie from its incorporation in 1885 until 1891. Stickney’s house, built overlooking the railroad, is an impressive expression of Carpenter Gothic. Note its elaborate wooden decorations, including lacy bargeboards, an ornate gabled window hood embellished by latticework and scroll-sawn brackets, pointed-arched windows, and an octagonal turret added in 1882. Carpenter Whitney drew the plans, and carpenters Haseltine and Sutcliffe built the tower, decking it with patterned shingles and triangular dormers. In 1904, the porch with fluted Corinthian columns replaced the original. The house was originally painted in russet, blue, orange, yellow, and pink colors. Many Victorian home owners painted their homes in adventurous color combinations, especially after manufacturers began advertising pre-mixed paints in resealable cans.
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John and Charlotte Stickney House
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