The front half of the former Blumer House embodies the distinctive stone construction techniques brought to New Glarus by the first Swiss settlers. They built walls of limestone rubble and then finished them with smooth lime plaster, the same method used to build houses in their native canton of Glarus since the eleventh century. The Blumer House is elegant in its simplicity. A one-story porch with a balustraded deck spans the facade, and at the apex of the front gable end, a lunette lights the attic. The house was built for physician Samuel Blumer, a Swiss immigrant. A later owner, Abraham Kundert, a tinsmith and hardware merchant, used the building for his residence and his business. By 1877, Kundert needed more storage and a workroom, so he built the clapboard addition at the rear. He also modified the original front balcony, which had cantilevered from the face of the building in the Swiss fashion, and created a porch much like the present one. The house had fallen into disrepair before it was rehabilitated in 1988 as a retail shop.
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Nature’s Easel (Samuel Blumer House)
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