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Frederick and Susanna Schumann House

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1878, Frederick Schumann. 8313 WI 19, Island Lake Park
  • (Photograph by Jeff Dean, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Set in a picturesque valley, this house is a rare example in Wisconsin of a saltbox design, two stories tall in the front and one in the back, with a side-gable roof and a long rear slope. Like many stone houses in northwestern Dane County, the building’s walls are eighteen inches thick, made of locally quarried limestone rubble and trimmed with dressed stones. Schumann (or a mason who assisted him) laid the walls with a grid of beaded (raised) mortar joints to create the formal look of cut stone and crowned the windows and doors with broad limestone lintels. The sun porch and bedroom additions to the south are recent. Schumann, who in 1850 emigrated from Saxony, was a carpenter and woodworker. He expressed pride in his fine craftsmanship by inscribing his initials and the date 1878 in the triangular lintel over the entrance.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Frederick and Susanna Schumann House", [Cross Plains, 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, 431-432.

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