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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Curtis-Kittleson House


Curtis-Kittleson House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
1. Curtis-Kittleson House Marker
Inscription. William D. Curtis commissioned the architectural firm of J. O. Gordon and F. W. Paunack to design this imposing brick house with Queen Anne style. Hallmarks of the style include the complex shape, wide veranda and corner tower, highlighted by eclectic and finely-crafted details. Curtis was the manager of the local horse collar pad factory founded by his father, Dexter Curtis. He also served one term as the mayor (1904-1906). I. M. Kittleson, who served three terms as Madison's mayor from 1920 to 1925, bought the house in 1949.
Erected 1978 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 56.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
Location. 43° 4.854′ N, 89° 21.869′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Spaight Street and South Ingersoll Street, on the left when traveling east on Spaight Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1102 Spaight Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orton Park (a few steps from this marker); Lougee House (about 300 feet away, measured in a
Curtis-Kittleson House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
2. Curtis-Kittleson House Marker
The marker is to the left of the steps.
direct line); a different marker also named Orton Park (about 400 feet away); Cutter House (about 500 feet away); B. B. Clarke House (about 600 feet away); Mills Brothers Commercial Building (about 600 feet away); Gay Liberation Sculpture (about 600 feet away); Harvey Hospital (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Curtis-Kittleson House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "William D. and Mary Curtis commissioned the architectural partnership of J. O. Gordon and F. W. Paunack to design this eclectic brick house with Queen Anne and chateauesque stylistic references. W. D. Curtis was the president of the local horse collar pad company begun by his father, Dexter Curtis. The elder Curtis had discovered that impregnating the collar pads of horses with zinc kept the horses from getting sores on their necks. He established the Dexter Curtis Company and made a fortune with his special saddlery equipment. The firm grew so successful that it eventually had branch factories in England and France. Of course, the development of the
Curtis-Kittleson House Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
3. Curtis-Kittleson House
automobile spelled the end of success for the company, and most Madisonians today have never heard of it. In addition to running the Curtis Co., son W. D. Curtis also served a term as the mayor of Madison.

"In 1949 the house was purchased by I. Milo and Ida Kittleson. Milo Kittleson was a banker who served three terms as Madison's mayor, and Ida devoted much of her time to charitable and philanthropic work."
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers for other buildings designed by Gordon & Paunack.
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house (pdf). (Submitted on March 21, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
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Curtis-Kittleson House Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
4. Curtis-Kittleson House
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 850 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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