Henry R. Swan
James R. Law, architect
At the time of its construction this house was likely quite talked about. The PrairieSchool influence is evident in the smooth stucco exterior, low overhanging eaves, and flared base. Henry R. Swan was a Stoughton mail carrier.
James Law (1885-1952) was a well-known Madison architect noted for his progressive turn-of-the-century designs. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Law first worked for the Madison firm of Claude and Starck and Arthur Peabody. He opened his own office in 1914 and was later joined by his brother Edward J. Law and Ellis C. Porter. The firm completed many commissions in Madison and across the state, spanning diverse styles and building types. Notable Madison commissions included the University Club, a number of fraternity and sorority houses along Langdon Street, and Manchester’s Department Store (razed).
James Law was married to a daughter of Stoughton residents James and Katherine Campbell of N. Monroe Street. Campbell was a tobacco buyer.