David W. Howie House - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Posted by: BruceS
N 43° 02.423 W 087° 57.173
16T E 422382 N 4765739
Quick Description: Historic Victorian style house now used as bed and breakfast in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 9/3/2011 7:33:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMCG35
"The David W. Howie House is a high style Queen Anne residence. It is two stories with an attic level and sits on a foundation of rock-faced, coursed ashlar limestone. It is a large scale asymmetrical house and its plan centers on a massive rectangular block with a steeply pitched hip roof. The Howie House is of frame construction and the exterior is sheathed in Milwaukee cream brick. Wood is used extensively as trim in the gable ends, window treatments and the from porch. The brick is laid in common bond. The architectural character of this structure is derived from its decoration and detailing...
The David W. Howie House is locally significant as a fine example of Queen Anne style residential architecture. Although no architect has been attributed to its design, the Howie House demonstrates a clear understanding of Queen Anne design principles suggesting that an accomplished architect or master builder was involved in its design. In the context of Queen Anne houses in Milwaukee, the Howie House compares favorably with the city's finest examples.
David Howie was an agent for the Northwest Fuel Company, a wholesale and retail coal dealer. He lived in this house from 1886 to 1897 when he moved to Elm Grove in rural, Waukesha County. The Howie House was one of the major residences built along this part of Wells Street when it was a fashionable new upper middle class residential street. Original construction cost was $10,000. Howie could commute to his downtown office via the West Side Railway Company's Wells Street horsecar line." - National Register Nomination
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