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Galesville in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ridge Avenue Historic District

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
1. Ridge Avenue Historic District Marker
Inscription. The Ridge Avenue Historic District includes a nearly three-block long section of Ridge Avenue featuring a concentration of the most architecturally and historically significant residences in the City of Galesville. The district was developed by prominent professionals in Galesville between 1890 and 1930, a period of peak development for the city. The size, scale, and ornamental details of these residences along with the wide yards and generous set-backs, reflected the status of their owners in the community.

People living in this district during this period include W.S. Wadleigh, attorney and nine-term mayor of Galesville; Eugene Clark, banker and two-term State Senator; John A. Berg, banker and realtor; Ole Myhre, co-owner of a large department store, and Peter Enhagen, a local retailer. These civic and business leaders lived in close proximity to each other, which created social as well as architectural continuity in the neighborhood.

The homes in the district display a rich texture of architectural elements including projecting bays, wrap-around porches, decorative gables and window hoods, carved glass turrets, and other details that are often seen in the Italianate, Stick, and Queen Anne styles popular in the late 19th century. Variations of all of these styles are present in the district.

Several
Ridge Avenue Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
2. Ridge Avenue Historic District Marker
of the homes built after 1900 show the Craftsman and Prairie style influences that represented changing tastes in residential architecture after the turn of the century. The John A. Berg House (1914) shows a distinctive blend of late 19th century and early 20th century architectural styles. The Presbyterian Church (1895), the only non-residential property in the district, features pointed-arch Gothic Revival windows. The Ridge Avenue Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Erected 2009
Wisconsin Historical Society

 
Erected 2009 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 530.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 5.016′ N, 91° 21.491′ W. Marker is in Galesville, Wisconsin, in Trempealeau County. Marker is at the intersection of South Sixth Street and West Ridge Avenue on South Sixth Street. Touch for map. Marker is at Cance Park. Marker is in this post office area: Galesville WI 54630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John F. Cance / Galesville Area Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Downtown Galesville Historic District
Ridge Avenue Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 5, 2011
3. Ridge Avenue Historic District Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Galesville (approx. half a mile away); Galesville Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Gale College Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Decorah Peak (approx. 2 miles away); The McGilvray "Seven Bridges Road" (approx. 5 miles away); The Mississippi River Parkway: (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galesville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Galesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Walking Tour. (Submitted on June 7, 2011.) 

2. Travel Wisconsin. Photos of the Clark House – one of the houses noted on the marker. (Submitted on June 7, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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