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Charles Ehlers House

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c. 1886, Charles Ehlers. 2576 N. 4th St.

Whimsical brickwork and picturesque massing make this Queen Anne house a neighborhood landmark on Milwaukee’s north side. But the decorative highlight is the tower’s delightful heart-shaped brickwork, the signature of masonry contractor Ehlers, whose skill and individualism as a mason are evident throughout. His decorative brick hood moldings, dogtooth stringcourses, and attractive brickwork panels under the first-floor windows use brick as other Queen Anne houses use shingles, wood, terra-cotta, and other materials for ornamentation and textural variety. A compact front porch and equally elaborate two-level porch at the rear of the house exhibit some of Milwaukee’s handsomest Queen Anne millwork.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Charles Ehlers House", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-MI41.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 91-91.

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