The Thomas house is wider than most other Nakoma examples of the Bungalow style and thus appears more at home among the Period Revival style houses that surround it than do other examples of the style. Like the Juckem house at 4202 Mandan Crescent, the Thomas house is a good example of the influence that the Craftsman style had on the Bungalow style. The wide, overhanging eaves supported by brackets, the exposed rafter ends that poke through the fascia boards that edge the eaves on the sides of the house, and the paired windows with their three-over-one-light windows, are all features found on many Craftsman style houses. In addition, using clapboard siding to cover the building's first story and stucco siding for the gable ends is also a typical Craftsman style treatment that serves both to emphasize the horizontal aspects of the design and adds variety to the exterior, which is otherwise very simple in design.

Charles Thomas was a professor at the UW when his house was built, but he lived here only until 1919, when the house was sold to Madison attorney James J. McDonald and his wife, Grace, who lived here until at least 1933.


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