RICHARD & PEARL EMMONS HOUSE

The one-and-one-half story Colonial Revival Emmons house, located diagonally across from the Paul E. Stark house (site 7), also occupies a sizable corner lot, but it is very different in appearance from its older neighbor. The Emmons house is a fine example of the “Pennsylvania farmhouse” version of the style, which became more popular in Nakoma in the 1930s. Asymmetrical variants of the Colonial Revival style presented a special challenge for architects because of the need to compose complete designs that imitated historic examples that had evolved over time. A typical expedient was to extend the main block with wings, as has been done here, with the goal of achieving a carefully crafted sense of the informal.

The first story of the main block of the Emmons house is clad in stone while its upper story is clapboard. Dominating the facade is the asymmetrically placed gabled projection that contains the main entrance in its first story, sheltered by the slightly overshot second story.

Richard Emmons was a professor at the UW. The architect was August Nerlinger, about whom nothing is known.

 

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