LOUIS & ESTHER GARDNER HOUSE

Tudor Revival and Norman Revival style houses spring from similar origins: the half-timber buildings built in England and France in the medieval period and afterwards. Norman Revival examples are much less common than houses in the Tudor Revival style. Both tend to feature stone or brick wall cladding, steeply pitched roofs, massive chimneys, and grouped casement windows. Norman Revival examples generally share with the Tudor Revivals irregular plans and decorative half timber work. A typical distinguishing feature of Norman Revival houses is a round tower or turret on the main facade that usually contains either the main entrance or the main staircase of the house. The Gardner house has another Norman feature – the wall dormer that starts at the second story and extends up into the roofline.

The Gardner house, designed by Henry Dysland, is the only house in Nakoma that is truly an example of Norman Revival. Except for the Norman touches, the house is otherwise similar in design to Dysland’s John Icke house (site 14) constructed in the same year.

Louis Gardner was the founder and president of the Gardner Baking Co. He was an important figure in the creation of the nearby UW Arboretum, as the donor of the first parcel of land and of later parcels as well.

 

 

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