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James Sawyer House

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1894, William D. Kimball. 2705 N. Shepard Ave.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

The Sawyer House presents a striking array of Beaux-Arts classical features including its spectacular front portico with colossal Ionic columns topped by a tall frieze decorated with wooden festoons framing small ocular windows. Classical motifs abound in the portico’s pediment, fanlight, pilasters, and window moldings. The house’s low third story set within the frieze area is clad in stucco. The house illustrates the early influence of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Yet, the Sawyer House, built for a member of Milwaukee’s Board of Trade, resembles a large box with classical details and a portico tacked on.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "James Sawyer House", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 147-148.

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