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Peter and Mattie Reiss House

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1906, Alfred C. Clas. 1227 N. 7th St.

Clas of Milwaukee, one of the state’s most prominent architects, designed this imposing house with a steeply pitched roof for a coal wholesaler who owned the Reiss Steamship Company. The Jacobethan design has walls of rock-faced brownstone, a sandstone quarried along Chequamegon Bay and prized for its rich dark color. The dark walls, wall dormers, and parapets give the building a heavy look, an impression amplified by groups of windows with massive stone lintels and stone mullions. A stone porch with a spindle-balustraded roof deck shelters the entrance, and a porte-cochere extends from a side elevation. The sense of weight and solidity, combined with such elegant touches as diamond-paned leaded-glass transoms in the first-floor windows, conveys wealth and prestige.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Peter and Mattie Reiss House", [Sheboygan, 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, 264-264.

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