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Passenger Depot, Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company

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c. 1890, J. T. W. Jennings. 301 Whitewater St.

Jennings designed this robust passenger depot sometime between 1885 and 1893, during his stint as architect for the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company (reincorporated and renamed in 1927 to include “and Pacific Railroad Company”). Its design somewhat echoes those by H. H. Richardson. The foundation of buff-colored stone is rusticated and rock-faced to convey a sense of weight. Above the sill line, rugged quoins define the corners, windows, and doors, contrasting with the color and texture of the red brick. Slender wooden braces support the eaves. The hipped roof, with its wide overhangs, reasserts the sense of mass. Cross-gables with bartizans of rough-cut stone, trefoils, and patterned brick adorn the roof. The rugged weightiness, limited ornamentation, and polychromy show Richardson’s influence.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Passenger Depot, Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company", [Whitewater, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-WL18.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 191-192.

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