General Francis H. West House (1860)

 © Photographed October 17, 2015
Erected by Historic Monroe, Inc.
 Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin

National Register of Historic Places
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The General Francis H. West House is located on northbound 17th Avenue, north of its intersection with 15th Street, at or near 1410 17th Avenue, Monroe, Wisconsin 53566.

Wikipedia: Francis H. West

Wisconsin Historical Society: Architecture and History Inventory
1410 17th Avenue, Green County, Monroe
Historic Name: Gen. Francis H. West House
Other Name: The Octagon House
Reference Number: 16179
Year Built: 1860
Architectural Style: Octagon
Wall Material: Brick
National/State Register Listing Name: West, Gen. Francis H., House
National Register Listing Date: 1975-01-01
State Register Listing Date: 1989-01-01
Additional Information:
Octagon houses briefly became a nationwide architectural fad in the mid-nineteenth century. This house is unique in Wisconsin, for it combines three octagons and a rear wing into a plan resembling a three-leafed clover. One lobe houses public spaces: the parlor, the dining room, and a study. A second encloses the family room and the kitchen. A third contains the bedrooms, and the wing contains a library. Although West created a functional design, he also paid close attention to decorative details, such as scroll brackets with knob pendants under the eaves and cornice. Inside, he laid an intricate octagon-pattern parquet floor. He also installed a gravity-based plumbing system and a funnel-like ventilation system that drew cool breezes from the cupola into the floor below--both advanced ideas at the time. In the 1850s, before building this house, West served as a state senator, and during the Civil War he led the Thirty-First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
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This location is Wisconsin Registered Landmark 124 (designated April 3, 1971), and is included in the Wisconsin Registered Landmark program (1964-1973)

The house is located in Monroe, Wisconsin.

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