ADOLPH & MARGUERITE JUNGINGER HOUSE

Another fine, slightly larger late 1930s Colonial Revival house is the asymmetrical one designed by the Madison firm of Riley & Siberz for Adolph and Marguerite Junginger.

Although larger than the Negley house (site 19), the asymmetrical Junginger house is still on the small side compared to many of its neighbors. What it does have, however, is a design furnished by Frank Riley and his junior associate, Lewis Siberz.

Frank M. Riley (1875-1949) was arguably Madison’s finest Period Revival architect. His homes constitute one of Madison’s most enduring architectural legacies. By 1938, Riley’s practice was emerging from the effects of the Depression. Although his new projects were typically smaller than those built in the 1920s, they still had touches that identified them as his own. The Junginger house, for instance, has a first story that is clad in painted brick. Its elegantly scaled inset entrance porch is nicely balanced by the group of four small windows set high up on the wall to its right. The zig-zag pattern of the garage doors is Riley’s nod to the emerging modern style.

Adolph Junginger was the vice-president of the McKay Nursery, whose main office was then located on Monroe Street.

 

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