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Sanford and Ellen Kane House

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1883, James Douglas. 1841 N. Prospect Ave.
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

This Queen Anne house’s facade, virtually unaltered since 1883, boasts some of Milwaukee’s finest patterned shingles, decorative panels, and spindlework porches. The design bursts with projecting bays, gables, dormers, and porches. These features were thought to convey domestic warmth and coziness in the 1880s and 1890s. Original interior features remain intact, including a paneled mahogany staircase and fancy woodwork in floral and sunburst motifs. In the 1880s, the free-flowing, interconnected arrangement of the spacious first-floor rooms broke away from the narrow stair halls and closed formal rooms of earlier American house plans.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Sanford and Ellen Kane House", [Milwaukee, 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, 140-140.

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