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Willard and Blanche Bellack House

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1937, George Fred Keck. 1112 E. Forest Ave.

This International Style house features a dramatically curved glass-block solarium projecting from the central core. The house steps up from symmetrical one-story cubes at each end to a two-story cube at center. These units are made of stucco-covered steel panels and topped with flat roofs, so that the entire composition looks as if it were made of building blocks. The roofs of the wings form decks, which are enclosed by pipe rails, a nautical touch popular for modernistic houses. A tripartite window with a ladder-like series of squares running vertically up the center pierces each of the three building blocks. Although Keck did not develop a passive solar design here as he later did (WN1), he fitted the windows with external aluminum Venetian blinds that roll up into overhead pockets by means of a worm gear operated from inside.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Willard and Blanche Bellack House", [Neenah, 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, 224-224.

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