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Lyman and Emma Nash House

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1895. 1316 Michigan Ave.
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

This house is a notable example of German Renaissance Revival, a lavish style made fashionable in the late nineteenth century by wealthy Germans in cities like Dresden and Berlin. Well-to-do German immigrants in Milwaukee built houses in this style, but examples outside Milwaukee are rare. Strangely enough, the Nash House, although decidedly Germanic, was built for a lawyer and civic leader of Yankee stock. The house bears two features characteristic of the style: curvilinear gables on all four sides and pyramidal finials on the gables and the corners of the hipped roof. The two-and-a-half-story, cream brick house has a distinctively German squatness, thanks to its wide, bracketed eaves, massive quarry-faced limestone piers supporting the one-story porch, and round arches in the gables.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Lyman and Emma Nash House", [Manitowoc, 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, 274-274.

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