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Collins House

c. 1911

 

—Claude & Starck —

 
Collins House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
1. Collins House Marker
Inscription. Built for lumber executive William Collins, this dwelling was designed by architects Louis Claude and Edward Starck. The house is characterized by a gable roof, wide eaves, leaded glass windows, and horizontal and vertical banding that lends an effect of half-timbering. The design of this building has many affinities with the Prairie style.
 
Erected 1975 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 29.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.977′ N, 89° 22.842′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Gorham Street and North Blount Street, on the right when traveling west on East Gorham Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 704 East Gorham Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln School (within shouting distance of this marker); Anna and Cornelius Collins Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Irene and Robert Connor Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bernard - Hoover Boat House
Collins House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
2. Collins House Marker
The marker is to the left of the stairs at the front entrance.
(about 500 feet away); Leitch House (about 500 feet away); City Horse Barn (about 700 feet away); Adolf H. Kayser House (about 700 feet away); Here was Madison’s first African-American neighborhood (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Collins House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The Collins House was designed by Claude and Starck, Madison's most well known and prolific practitioners of the style, and this house is one of the finest examples of their work. It features the hallmarks of the Prairie style, including a strong horizontality created by bands of windows, a beltcourse under the second story windows, wide, overhanging eaves, extra long, narrow bricks, and simple, non-historic details. The house was built for William and Dora Collins. William Collins was his brother's partner in the Collins Brothers, a manufacturer and wholesaler of wood products. His brother, Cornelius, lived in a house just down the street, at 636 [sic] E. Gorham Street, built just four years before this house, and his niece Irene, built a house at 640 E. Gorham Street in 1920." The Madison Landmarks Commission
William and Dora Collins House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
3. William and Dora Collins House
This is the southwest side of the house facing the end of North Blount Street.
also designated the last two houses mentioned as landmarks but, unfortunately, there are no markers for them.

The Anna and Cornelius Collins House at 646 East Gorham Street was built in 1908 and designated as a landmark (no. 100) on February 1, 1993: "Built for Anna and Cornelius Collins, spouses and partners in the Collins Brothers Lumber Company, this house embodies the eclecticism popular in the early decades of the twentieth century. Prolific Madison architects Louis Claude and Edward Starck brought together features of the Prairie style, Tudor Revival, and American Craftsman. It is also representative of the type of house chosen by and designed for Madison's business elite just after the turn of the twentieth century."

The Irene and Robert Connor House at 640 East Gorham Street was built in 1920 and designated as a landmark (no. 101) on February 1, 1993: "This Colonial Revival house features an interesting floor plan: the stairs to the second floor are immediately in front of the main entrance, similar to many of the old Colonial houses on Cape Cod. The house was built for Irene Connor, daughter of Anna and Cornelius Collins who lived next door at 646 E. Gorham, and her husband Robert Connor. When Anna Collins died, her daughter Irene took over the vice-presidency of the family's lumber concern. The Collins/Connor houses at 640, 646 and 704 E. Gorham St.
William and Dora Collins House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
4. William and Dora Collins House
This is the side of the house facing Lake Mendota.
represent a pattern of family living that was common in Madison around the turn of the twentieth century."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for buildings designed by Claude & Starck.
 
Also see . . .
1. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the William and Dora Collins house. (Submitted on March 17, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the Anna and Cornelius Collins house. (Submitted on March 17, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

3. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the Irene and Robert Connor house. (Submitted on March 17, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
640 and 646 East Gorham Street image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
5. 640 and 646 East Gorham Street
640 and 646 East Gorham Street, with 704 East Gorham Street in the Background image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
6. 640 and 646 East Gorham Street, with 704 East Gorham Street in the Background
 
 
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