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The East Side Historic District: A Walking Tour
Giles Street


1101 giles street

Austin and Tilla Holtan

Most of the houses along the three blocks of Giles Street within the district were built between 1901 and 1913; the Holtan House was among the first.

The spacious building on a corner lot has many fine details on its late Queen Anne exterior. The broad end-gable is filled with narrow half timbering. There are wide bargeboards at the gable ends and at the third-story dormers. A wrap-around porch has columns with Doric capitols.

Austin Holtan was a tobacco dealer. John Holtan, Austin's brother, resided at 1004 E. Main. Ole Holtan, another brother, resided at 1016 E. Main St. Ole was also a tobacco dealer and he and his wife Sophia Holtan had five children.

1116 giles street

Orrin and Iva Alderman

Like a number of houses in the district, the Alderman House has a distinctive central balcony at the second story. This one is sheltered by a gable with flared bargeboards.

1109 giles street

Benjamin and Anna Jenson

The Jenson House is another variation of the Queen Anne style popular in Stoughton after 1900. The combination of projecting bays and gables, open porches, and turned and scroll-sawn trim could be arranged in many combinations to suit the builder.

In 1910, Benjamin and Anna Jenson resided here with their four children. Benjamin was a trimmer at a local shoe factory. The Joseph and Anna Malecka family were boarders in the house and natives of Poland. Joseph Malecka was also a shoemaker.

1124 giles street

Thomas and Susan Asleson

Sited on a prominent corner lot, the Asleson House has a large rounded corner bay clad in shingles and narrow clapboards. The graceful front porch has Doric columns, a feature of many porches in the district.

A view of the south side of Giles Street from N. Henry Street, 2001.



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