JOHN & DELLA ICKE HOUSE

The expansive Tudor Revival Icke house exhibits the same features found on other, smaller Nakoma examples of the style. Similarities include: an irregular plan, walls clad mostly in stone but also in clapboard, stucco, and decorative half timber work, steeply-pitched combination gable-and-hip roofs, multiple window groups filled with multi-pane casement windows, and a massive chimney.

What sets the Icke house apart is its length. It is the longest house in Nakoma and the only one that could be called a country house, thanks to a parcel that consists of almost five full lots that stretch from one side of this small block to the other. This generous parcel gave architect Henry Dysland of Madison considerable scope, and he took advantage of it by giving the house two main facades, one facing the adjacent Nakoma Country Club, the other overlooking Manitou Way, as pictured above.

John Icke (1876-1935) was a civil engineer and the City of Madison engineer from 1902 to 1916. In 1912, Icke also began his own construction firm. At the same time, many Sicilian families were immigrating to Madison. Icke hired many of the men of these families and earned the Italian community’s enduring gratitude. Several baby boys were named “John” in his honor. The Icke firm is still in existence today and is operated by his descendants.

 

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