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Property Name Dr. Alois Wollenmann House
Reference Number 13000083
State Indiana
County Dubois
Town Ferdinand
Street Address 1150 Main Street, Ferdinand, IN
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 03/20/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
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The Alois Wollen mann House is significant under Criterion C because it embodies the distinctive characteristics of a Swiss cottage style of architecture, popularized by Andrew Jackson Downing, as interpreted during the early twentieth century. It also displays the influences of the Craftsman movement. This variant of the popular style is rare in rural areas such as Ferdinand, Indiana. The building demonstrates a high level of craftsmanship and represents an unusual Indiana example of the work of Walter Jewett Keith, an architect who practiced in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the founder of a nationally distributed magazine on home building, Keith promoted the eclectic styles of the era to an audience of home owners and builders. The Wollenmann House is significant on the local level for its quality of craftsmanship and design and gains additional significance for its association with figures important in the local history of Dubois County, Indiana.


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