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Property Name Gottsch Farmstead
Reference Number 16000516
State NE
County Washington
Town Bennington
Street Address 17201 Dutch Hall Rd.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/8/2016
Areas of Significance Agriculture, Architecture
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The Gottsch farmstead is significant at the local level under Criterion A: Agriculture. The farm is an outstanding example of the Intensive Livestock Production Area which was common in the northeastern portion of the state and was especially popular in Washington County. The farm's assemblage of domestic and agricultural buildings, protected by windbreaks, is a classic characterization of this system. The Gottsch farmstead continued to expand and adapt to the changing agricultural trends. The farm is also significant at the local level under Criterion C: Architecture, for its Victorian farm house, which embodies the essential characteristics of a Queen Anne home. The house has had minimal alterations over the years and therefore maintains many of its original finishes. The period of significance from 1890-1950, corresponds to the construction of the house (1907) by Fred Gottsch and the various other buildings on the property and ends with the completion of the major expansion of the property's buildings.

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