ORVILLE & HELEN FREDERICKSON HOUSE

The brick Frederickson house is a fine example of the way in which designers modified the Georgian Revival style – such as the earlier Stark house (site 7) – in response to larger trends in architectural design in the 1930s.

The house has a sense of weight and mass that is quite different from the historic designs on which these elements were based. For instance, the first story of the Frederickson house has all the usual elements found in symmetrical Colonial Revival designs but it has been given a distinct horizontal emphasis by the use of full-width inset bands. Indeed, a greater horizontal emphasis can be seen in the overall proportions of the main block of the house as well, which is markedly less boxy than earlier examples. This tendency towards a greater degree of horizontality can be found on Colonial Revival examples throughout Nakoma built in the later 1930s. It presages to a certain extent the development of Colonial Revival ranch houses built in Nakoma and elsewhere in Madison after World War II.

This house was built from private plans for Orville Frederickson, a bookkeeper with the Kessenich Corp. in Madison, and his wife, Helen.

 

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