Not surprisingly, the casual visitor to Nakoma will usually be most interested in the many sizable houses to be found here. There are, however, hundreds of really excellent smaller houses to be seen as well, many of which are as good examples of Period Revival styles as their larger neighbors.

An excellent case in point is the fine Colonial Revival house built for UW editor William Negley and his wife, Mary. The main facade of this house is symmetrical in design and is notable for the slightly over-scaled size of its paired eight-over-eight double-hung first story windows and the slightly smaller ones in the twin dormers on the roof above. The house also gains in distinction by having a first story that is clad in limestone and in size by having a garage that is attached to one side.

The building permit for the house indicates that Negley utilized “private plans” for its design, which suggests that the plans probably came from one of the many plan books or plan services that were then available. The builder, Alfred M. Sylvester, built many other houses in Nakoma as well, including the Colonial Revival house at 4166 Manitou Way (site i) that he built in 1936 for his own family.


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