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[The Gardner-Patterson-Waller house],   p. 90 PDF (343.8 KB)

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Gardner-Patterson-Waller House
Pickett Court, Shiloh Hills
The Waller house, the major portion of
which was moved in April 1996 to the Shiloh
Hills Subdivision on the western edge of
Burlington, sat on a large lot on the north-
west corner of Kane Street and Gardner
Avenue (next to the Wheaton house). It
was built about 1871 by Palmer Gardner, a
pioneer settler, and came to be known as
Gardner's Prairie, just outside Burlington in
Walworth County - not far from Shiloh Hills.
Gardner's country home still stands off
Highway DD. It is currently the Scott Wilson
The original Gardner house on Kane Street
was a large, square, two-story house, with a
long, columned porch. The house com-
manded a lovely view of the village of
Burlington and the surrounding country
side, which at the time consisted mainly of
farmland and orchards.
The house was later owned by the Andrew
Patterson family, and the third story and a
Victorian tower were added. In April 1920,
attorney George W. Waller bought the res-
idence as a home for himself, his mother
Harriet, and his sister Annie.
inside the house was an impressive amount
of woodwork including a parquet floor, a
circular staircase, which contained no rails,
sliding parlor doors, and intricately carved
Prior to the move to Shiloh Hills, the house
was slated to be razed to make way for an
educational center. But after an auction of
many of the furnishings, the house was
bought and moved. Several of the auc-
tioned furnishings were bought back from
the purchasers and reinstalled in the house.
The house is now owned and has been
restored by the Scott Beatse family.
              Burlington Historical Society

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