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Zellie, Carole; Janesville Historic Commission / Courthouse Hill Historic District : a guide

Courthouse area walking tour,   pp. 14-21 PDF (2.5 MB)

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Courthouse Area Walking Tour
George Barnes (1)
George Barnes, builder
George Barnes was a Janesville builder whose best-known
contract was the Tallman house. He is listed variously in city
directories as a gentleman, housebuilder, and a partner in a
flour mill. He built houses on this block in 1853, 1858, and 1870.
This Greek Revival Style residence, apparently his own, is
notable for the original Doric columns which carry the small
entrance portico; this is one of only two Doric porticoes to
survive in Rock County.
George Barnes (2)
George Barnes, builder
This cream brick Italianate house has had a sensitive adaptive
reuse to professional offices. The house has simple decorative
detail, notably the paired brackets and a dentil course at the
frieze, and limestone cornice lintels at the front facade. Barnes
built this as a double house, and a portion was occupied by his
daughter and son-in-law, Charles Hodson. Hodson was his
flour-milling partner.
Rock County Courthouse
and Park
1955 (courthouse)
Carl Lloyd Ames, architect
(Photo 1986)
This International Style building is Rock County's third court-
house. It was significantly enlarged and remodeled in 1996-98
according to plans of Madison architect Kenton Peters.

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