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The Southwest Side Historic District: On-line Walking Tour
S. Madison Street / W. Main Street


316 S. Madison Street

Emma Brewer

This clapboard-sided Queen Anne style house has a distinctive front tower capped by a prominent bulbous roof.  The bay under the tower has several kinds of wooden trim and a leaded glass window.


401 W. Main Street

First Methodist Church
(now Christ the King Community Church)

Gothic Revival features of this almost hundred year old church include a variety of compound Gothic arches, tracery, and pictorial stained glass.  The dark red pressed brick building rests on a concrete foundation punctuated with small, square openings. The exterior trim is Bedford limestone.  Fred Hill was the contractor and interior finishing was completed by Ed Larson.  The interior auditorium was designed to seat 225, and was finished in oak.

The Stoughton Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1859.  The early congregation originally met in a school house and in a second floor room over O.N. Falk’s Drugstore.  The first church building was constructed on N. Water Street in 1867.  The new Main Street church cost $9,000 to build and equip.


624 S. Madison Street

Alex Peterson

The “gabled ell” represented by the Peterson House is a popular house type composed of a two-story main block with a one or two-story ell. Such houses were often simple in overall design, but featured millwork trim such as shingles and cross pieces in the gable ends.

The Peterson House has a one-story bay which projects from the east side, and wide eaves decorated with brackets. Another good example of the gabled ell house type in the historic district is the Mina Martin House (ca. 1900), at 501 W. South Street.



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