The average lot width in Stoughton’s commercial district is a uniform 25 feet. Of the 82 buildings on Main Street, 57 are 25 feet wide. The majority of these 25-foot buildings are examples of the late-Victorian “Italianate” style. The next most-common building width is 50 feet, or the space of two lots. About 20% of the buildings on Main Street fall into this category, including the monumental City Hall. These larger buildings were mostly built after 1890.
Certain buildings in the Commercial district are wider than 50 feet: some, including the Hyland-Olsen Block (1897), the Hotel Kegonsa (c. 1920), and the Erickson Block (1905), are historic buildings of a monumental scale that were designed with vertical breaks or “bays” that reflect the 25-foot building width present on Main Street. Other, more recent buildings, such as the Schultz Building, were designed without reflecting this over-riding 25-foot design element.
The lot width in the Depot area, where the land use includes warehouses and industrial buildings, is much different. Here, buildings tend to be large, volumetric shapes with gables or sloping roofs. They are set apart from each other, with either the long side or a gabled end facing the street.