Louis Ward Claude, a Wisconsin native, worked in Chicago for the renowned architectural firms of Adler and Sullivan and Daniel H. Burnham (the latter briefly) before establishing his own firm in Madison. This house expresses Claude’s distinctive style, which drew on Prairie Style and other Arts and Crafts influences, combining the Prairie Style’s horizontal lines with crisp details and ornament inspired by European folk art. The gabled roof, whose broad overhangs create a pronounced shadow line on the walls, the deeply grooved mortar joints between the bricks, the stringcourse between the two stories, and the wide, flat canopy over the entrance express Prairie Style influence. Arts and Crafts elements include the oversized brackets along the eaves, the bow window above the entrance, the art-glass sidelights flanking the entrance, and the pierced wooden balustrade that skirts the roof deck on the one-story wing.
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