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J. H. Rountree House

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1854. 150 Rountree Ave.

This dramatic Greek Revival house was the home of Platteville’s founder, John H. Rountree. A native of Kentucky, Rountree came to Wisconsin’s lead-mining region as a prospector, staking a claim along the Little Platte River in 1827 and building a lead-smelting furnace the following year. Before long, a settlement grew up around the mine, leading Rountree to establish the village of Platteville in 1834. In numerous ways Rountree built Platteville into a community. He opened its first store and its first newspaper, helped organize one of the state’s first Methodist Episcopal churches, and erected the first village school. He also served the area as a judge, a territorial representative, a constitutional convention delegate, and a state senator. He was one of the first regents appointed to the University of Wisconsin and helped found the Platteville Academy (now the University of Wisconsin–Platteville).

An important man required a house that reflected his stature. The imposing structure looks much like a southern antebellum house. One of the earliest brick buildings in the area, the house has fine proportions and handsome detailing. It consists of a two-story rectangular, side-gabled block with a two-story wing extending from a rear corner. Across the main facade, Tuscan columns support a double portico, topped by scrolled brackets below the cornice.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "J. H. Rountree House", [Platteville, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-GT2.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 343-343.

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