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First Presbyterian Church

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1893, Walter A. Holbrook. 110 Church Ave.
  • (Photograph by James T. Potter, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Holbrook of Milwaukee designed this handsome Richardsonian Romanesque brick church, giving it a massive tower, dramatic round arches, a steeply pitched hipped roof pierced with dormers, and foliated trim along the cornice and in the gable apex. The massing takes the form of a series of blocks, attached in a rambling fashion. Almost tentatively attached at one corner, the square tower, with a pyramidal roof, squared buttresses, and both round and segmental arches, enhances the building’s mass, as does a smaller conical tower affixed to one of its corners. Smooth red brick walls contrast with white stone trim for the broad-arched voussoirs, stringcourses, and buttresses.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "First Presbyterian Church", [Oshkosh, 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, 227-227.

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