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Zellie, Carole; Janesville Historic Commission / Look West Historic District : a guide
(1987)

[The Look West Historic District],   pp. [1]-5 PDF (2.5 MB)


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GUIDE MAP
LOOK WEST HISTORIC DISTRICT
* Walking tour sites
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A high-styled residence: the Henry Palmer house, 1857, 237 Madison Street.
Photograph 1888.
Prior to the Civil War, the high wedge of land nearest the bluff, in-
cluding North Washington, Madison, North Academy and North
Jackson Streets was built up with stylish houses. Some were architect-
designed, and many belonged to doctors, attorneys, and business-
men. The William M. Tallman house, built between 1855 and 1857,
was instantly acclaimed as one of the region's finest residences. Inter-
spersed between expensive, high-styled Greek Revival, Gothic
Revival and Italianate style dwellings were those of skilled workers
and tradespeople. The exterior of many of these simple vernacular
houses showed few references to a particular style in design or orna-
ment. Most are of frame construction, are clapboard covered and have
an "L-plan," consisting of a main two-story block with a one-and-
one-half or two-story wing. Many variations can be seen, however.
The prominent bluff, views of the river and proximity to the center
of the city were attractive to the next generations of residents. In the
late 1870s and 1880s, the rest of the neighorhood was filled in with
vernacular houses, as well as a number of stylish Queen Anne, Crafts-
man and Colonial Revival style examples.
265 of 375 buildings in the District were constructed by 1900, and the
diverse mixture of residents continued until the turn of the century.
However, the introduction of convenient transportation-the
streetcar-encouraged the growth of residential subdivisions outside
the central city. One result was the dispersal of many prominent
families from Look West. The bluffs around Courthouse Hill, on the
east bank of the Rock, were also being built up with handsome houses
better removed from the noisy railyards and industries which
bordered Look West.
Advertisement for the Morse,
Hanson and Company, which
included Magnus Hanson of
Look West, and another Nor-
wegian carpenter, Ole Evenson.
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J. F. MOanS  M. HANSON,   OLa UVENSO.
MORSE, HANSON & Co.,
      Manufacturers and Wholesale Dcalers i
:EP-Urnit-ULre.
        CHAMBER SETS,
 EXTENSION AND BREAKFAST TABLES, STANDS,
      BUREAUS, BEDSTEAS, TEAPOYS,
           WHATNOTS, AC.,
On the RFace,      Janesville, Wis.
S.aring, T.,ning, &,.,E.ecuted Promptly. WAGON LUMBER
             FOR SALE.
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