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Dodge County Historical Society (Williams Free Library)

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1891, Walter A. Holbrook. 105 Park Ave.

Popular for public buildings in the 1880s and 1890s, Richardsonian Romanesque was noted for weighty massing, squat towers, broad arches, and expressive stonework. Holbrook, a former architectural associate of Milwaukee’s Edward Townsend Mix, applied all these forms to this library, now a museum. The two-story building is constructed of rusticated, rock-faced masonry, with a raised foundation of white Wauwatosa limestone and a super-structure of buff-colored Cleveland lime-stone. A two-story octagonal turret, a three-story square tower, and spiral bartizans make this small structure seem large. Between the towers, a gabled pavilion embraces a yawning, semicircular window, outlined with rusticated voussoirs.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Dodge County Historical Society (Williams Free Library)", [Beaver Dam, 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, 240-241.

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