This two-story cube-like house has grout walls, twelve inches thick, and represents an important stage in the development of concrete construction. In 1844, Joseph Goodrich of Milton, in nearby Rock County, introduced a “gravel wall” method of construction, using grout (see RO21), a mix of lime, water, sand, and gravel, poured into temporary forms and allowed to harden. In this house, this construction method is combined with Greek Revival details, including a molded wooden cornice outlining the gabled roof with returns at the ends to suggest a pediment. A gabled porch roof, supported by turned columns and graced by a spindle frieze, was probably added sometime around the turn of the twentieth century. Fisk Carlin donated the house to the Palmyra Historical Society in 1981.
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Fisk Carlin House (Monroe McKenzie House)
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