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The Southwest Side Historic District: On-line Walking Tour
S. Prairie Street / Garfield Street


322 Prairie Street

322 (left) and 330 (right)
C.E. Warren (left) and Fred Buckman (right)
ca. 1870 and ca. 1885

This pair of houses rest above an old stone wall.  At left, the C. E. Warren House is a good example of a simple vernacular dwelling.  The L-plan, gable roof, flat trim, and clapboard siding are typical of many houses built after the Civil War.

Next door, the more ornate Buckman House has a typical Italianate exterior, with a hipped roof and projecting bays trimmed with paired brackets. Buckman, a native of New York, was a Stoughton blacksmith.


West Elementary School

West Elementary School
1886; 1899, 1906 additions

The West School was Stoughton’s first primary school.  Classes were held here until 1982, and the building was converted to apartments in 1988.  Despite two additions, the exterior remains much the same as when it was constructed. The tall, round-and segmental-arched window openings are distinctive features of the design.  On the east side, the windows cover the entire wall. The adaptive use of this building has resulted in the conservation of historic architectural features as well as the preservation of the building’s long history in the neighborhood.

The original building consisted of three rooms completed in 1886.  In 1897, a one room addition was completed. Another addition was made in 1906.  By this time, Stoughton’s population was over 4,200 and the West School was one of four graded elementary schools in the city.


620 Garfield Street

c. 1900
John J. Holmstad, builder

The Martin House has the irregular plan, complex roofline, projecting gables and bays, and spacious front porch typical of many Queen Anne houses. Scalloped bargeboards in the gables are among other picturesque aspects of the design.

West Elementary School
West Elementary School


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