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Harry and Chastina Walker House

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1879, James Douglas. 3130 W. Wells St.
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

The district surrounding the Walker House, almost a mile west of downtown, is a classic example of a streetcar suburb or, more accurately, a horse-car suburb. The west-side neighborhood opened to development with the construction of the Wells Street horse-car line, which enabled wealthier Milwaukeeans, like Harry Walker, paymaster for the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, to move farther out but still reach workplaces downtown. The High Victorian Gothic house lavishly illustrates the picturesque character of the style from its asymmetry, varieties of window types, and such lively features as an elaborate wooden porch, iron roof cresting, and elegant scroll-sawn ornament and turned trusswork on the peaks of the gables. A steeply pitched, multigabled roof has exceptionally deep overhangs and flared eaves, showing why architect Douglas was widely known for his complex rooflines.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Harry and Chastina Walker 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, 115-115.

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