MANLEY & EDNA MITCHELL HOUSE

Although it has now been somewhat altered by the modern additions that have been made to its main facade and to one side, the original design of the Prairie Style-influenced American Foursquare style Mitchell house is still quite visible. American Foursquare houses, as the name implies, are typically square in plan, and they are almost always two stories tall although some of the largest examples sometimes contain an extra half-story in their attic. While early examples of this style can be extremely plain, later ones sometimes reflect the influence of other styles such as the Craftsman Style and the Prairie Style. The Mitchell house is one of the latter, and Prairie Style influence can be seen in the house's wide overhanging boxed eaves and in its greater width in relation to its height.

Manley Mitchell was a teacher at Madison Vocational School, and his house is now an inconspicuous neighbor in a part of Nakoma that contains many of its finest Period Revival style homes. In 1917, however, this was the only house on Council Crest and one of only three houses that had then been built on this side of Nakoma Road, and it would sit here in highly visible isolation for several more years until the post-World War I building boom commenced. This relative isolation may help explain why the Mitchells lived here for just two years before selling.

 

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