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Fisk Carlin House (Monroe McKenzie House)

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c. 1846. 226 W. Main St.

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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Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Fisk Carlin House (Monroe McKenzie House)", [Palmyra, 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, 253-253.

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