The one-and-one-half-story Colonial Revival Rieman house occupies a large corner lot formed by the intersection of Miami Pass and Council Crest.

Designed by the Madison architectural firm of Balch & Lippert, the Rieman house is another excellent example of the asymmetrical variant of the Colonial Revival. It is especially interesting to compare it with the very similar Emmons house (site 18) built the year before. The Rieman house is more finely detailed than the Emmons house, but many of its elements are very similar: the use of stone for the first story and clapboards for the second, the irregular plan, the attached garage that extends the overall length of the house, multi-light double-hung windows, etc. Here also, the main facade’s dominant feature is an asymmetrically placed gable-roofed projection that has a slightly overshot second story. Of special note is the beautifully integrated design of the arcaded screen porch that spans the left-hand portion of the main facade.

Gustave Rieman was a professor of genetics and potato breeding at the UW when this house was constructed.


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