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Alois and Nina Fix House

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1912, Percy D. Bentley. 1403 Kilbourn Ave.
  • (Photograph by James T. Potter, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Alois and Nina Fix hired Bentley after seeing a house he had created two years earlier for Edward Bartl (see LC4) and after hearing, incorrectly, that Bentley had studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. Bentley applied Prairie Style features to a basic foursquare house, including brick piers at the corners, which stop just below second-story windows that turn at the building’s corners, an angular staircase projecting from a side wall, and a broad, low chimney in the center of the hipped roof.

Nearby is one of Claude and Starck’s Prairie Style public libraries (1917; 716 Superior Avenue). This small brick library has a terra-cotta frieze, reminiscent of Louis Sullivan’s organic designs, and a green tile roof. An addition was completed in 1980.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.



Marsha Weisiger et al., "Alois and Nina Fix House", [Tomah, 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, 364-364.

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