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Courthouse Hill Historic District - Janesville, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 42° 40.995 W 089° 01.065
16T E 334691 N 4727615
Quick Description: The Courthouse Hill Historic District rises above the city of Janesville and the east side of the Rock River on a steep bluff. It encompasses 30 blocks and 219 properties.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 10/12/2007 1:27:38 PM
Waymark Code: WM2CM1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 10

Long Description:

From the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection:
"The Courthouse Hill Historic District rises above the city of Janesville and the east side of the Rock River on a steep bluff. A wooded ravine separates it from neighborhoods to the east and nineteenth and twentieth-century commercial development borders it at the west. This residential neighborhood contains outstanding examples of the architectural styles associated with Janesville's growth and development from settlement to 1940. Many of Courthouse Hill's early residents were influential in commerce, industry and legal affairs, and the district's architectural development well demonstrates their architectural tastes. The historic district, which contains 30 blocks and 219 properties, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 after architectural surveys made in 1975 and 1981.

... The blocks surrounding Courthouse Hill appear on Henry Janes' plat of Janesville first recorded in 1840. In 1836, the territorial legislature established the Rock County seat here on Janes' claim. Janes' plat provided for a courthouse site, with four squares sloping down the bluff. The squares were near the river landing, and also provided excellent views of the river and the bluffs to the west."
Street address:
Roughly bounded by E. Milwaukee St., Garfield and Oakland Aves., S. Main St., and E. Court St. and Milton Ave.
Janesville, WI USA
53545


County / Borough / Parish: Rock

Year listed: 1986

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Person, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949

Historic function: Domestic, Government: Courthouse, Single Dwelling

Current function: Domestic, Government: Courthouse, Single Dwelling

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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