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British Hollow School

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1868, 1875, William Smith. Keene Dr. at U.S. 61

The Civil War brought an increased demand for lead, and technological advances made it possible to process the companion deposits of zinc. During this industrial boom, a new wave of immigrants from Cornwall, England, built this school, which served the community of British Hollow until 1957. Builder Smith constructed the limestone building in a vernacular expression of Greek Revival, with a pediment suggested by cornice returns and a porch supported on simple but attenuated columns. A square cupola with louvered openings in the shape of a Palladian window housed the school bell. Smith added the perpendicular wing in 1875 to accommodate the growing numbers of students.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "British Hollow School", [Potosi, 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, 345-345.

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