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The Northwest Side Historic District: A Walking Tour
W. Prospect Street

 

206 w prospect street

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Ole and Clara Terry
1905

The Terry House is Stoughton’s best remaining example of the Colonial Revival Style. With its monumental Corinthian portico and four columns supporting a balcony, it shows the impact of the 1893 Columbian World’s Fair (held in Chicago) on local architecture. The many white classical buildings at the fair were influential in turning taste from Victorian bric-a-brac to classical as well as Colonial Revival features. At least three houses were built in this impressive mode around 1905. In addition to the Terry House, the Johnson House on South page and the Henry Severson House on E. Main were illustrated in the Souvenir of StoughtonWis. and LakeKegonsa (1908).

Terry, a native of Illinois, was the president of the Department Company Store in the Hyland Block on Main Street. He died in a train accident soon after the completion of this house. Clara Terry (born 1874) resided here with her two sons Owen and Grassie, her mother Ellen Rockefeller, and her sister, Helen Rockefeller. Helen was a Stoughton school teacher. The house was later converted to its current use; it is now the Olson, Holzhuter and Cress Funeral Home.

terry house
324 w prospect street

324
Angus Owen
1896

As seen in the photo above, this house originally had a steep hipped roof, a picturesque corner tower (hidden by the tree), and several parapets which rose above the roofline. A fire destroyed the original roofline, and it was rebuilt with a low hipped roof. The boulder stone base and other original features remain from the original construction.

Angus Owen, the apparent first owner, was difficult to trace in local records. He may have been the owner of the Stoughton milk condensery plant.

Ole and Clara Terry House. From Souvenir of Stoughton Wis. and Lake Kegonsa, 1908. Courtesy of Melissa Lampe.

340 w prospect street

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Henry A. and Minnie Huber
1908

The grounds of the Huber House once included a fruit orchard and extensive flower beds. The house originally had a one-story porch on the prospect Street side of the building.

A native of Pennsylvania, Henry Huber (1869-1933) was a Stoughton attorney. His family moved to DaneCounty in 1879. He attended AlbionAcademy and taught school before receiving a law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1896.

Huber was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1904 and in 1913 was elected to the Senate. In 1925 he was elected Lieutenant Governor. He was a supporter of Governor Robert M. LaFollette, who received national attention for not supporting the war against Germany. Huber is also associated with the Huber Law. This house was in the news in April 1942 when a fire caused damage to the front and interior. At that time it was owned by Mrs. Nettie Barasantee of Madison, a sister of Minnie Huber. It was later converted to a two-family house, and is now in the process of being restored to single-family.

 

 

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