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Albion and Cynthia Cummings House

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c. 1857. 545 5th St.
  • (Photograph by Bill Guerin, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Built for a physician and druggist, this house provides an unusually fine example of a local masonry technique known as block-and-stack. Between 1855 and 1885, three Swiss and German masons living in the settlement of Honey Creek—Caspar Steuber, John Peter Felix, and Peter Kindschi—used the technique to construct buildings out of dolomite, a honey-colored limestone. As in many of the area’s block-and-stack houses, the mason added Greek Revival details, such as square-paneled columns supporting the entrance porch and the triglyphs in the frieze.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Albion and Cynthia Cummings House", [Prairie du Sac, 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, 488-488.

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