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Christian and Bertha Kindschi House

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c. 1915. 385 Washington St.

This house reflects the transition from Victorian ideals of a house with a front entrance hall and parlor to new ideals of simplicity and efficiency, notably a multipurpose space—the living room—designed for a more informal lifestyle. Although the Kindschi House is a Craftsman residence, it nonetheless looks back to the Victorian era. The clapboard house is covered by a cross-gabled roof clad in tiles. The broad front gable, with large braces under its wide overhang, shelters a full-width porch, and simple square columns supporting the porch rise from tapered pedestals made of quarry-faced stone. All of these elements epitomize the Craftsman bungalow, yet the gable end’s patterned shingles, triangular line of dentils, and tripartite window, with art glass in the outer lights, all hark back to Queen Anne. The result is a conservative hybrid designed to express both modernity and middle-class respectability.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Christian and Bertha Kindschi 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, 487-487.

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