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CIVIC

Blooming Grove Town Hall

Fair Oaks Village Hall

Hiestand School

Lowell Elementary School

Nichols School

St. Bernard's Church

Spring Haven Pagoda

FARM HOMES & BARNS

Frank Allis Farm

Nathaniel Dean Home

Femrite Farms

George Kalbfleish Farm

George Nichols Farm

Fred Schleuter Farm

William Schultz Farm

William Witte Round Barn

HOMES

Bungalowen

Chet Clarke House

Philo Dunning House

Charles Fix House

Knute Reindahl House

Simeon Mills House

Edward Riley House

John Sachs House

Otto Schroeder House

Stang-Wirth House

Alexander Smith House

Cora Cadwallader Tuttle

Bungalow

Adolph Wagner House

Walterscheit House

COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Eastwood Theater

Ernie's Trading Post

Schlitz Hotel

Tonyawatha Springs Hotel

INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS

French Battery & Carbon Co.

Hoffman-Kennedy Dairy

Horse Barn

Madison-Kipp Co.

United States Sugar Co.

TRANSPORTATION

Black Bridge

Interurban Trolley

Royal Airport

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Photograph of the Chet Clarke house

CHET CLARKE HOUSE
5000 Monona Drive

The 17-room Watertown brick house that Chat Clarke built facing Monona Dr. survives only in memories and pictures now, but old-timers like to remember it as the finest house of the early days of white man's settlement of the area. Set on a spacious lawn and surrounded by large elm and maple trees, the 17-room house was the center for social activities in the last quarter of the 19th century. The area is now commercially zoned and is the location of the Monona Professional Building and McDonald's Restaurant.

Mr. Clarke owned two pieces of land of 120 acres each, which extended from the present Monona Dr. to the lake shore. He was a fancier of fine horses, and had a private race track in what was called "the flat", about where Immaculate Heart of Mary Church was later built. A solidly built, double brick house with a 40 foot porch across the front with a pointed penthouse effect roof running from front to back. The .downstairs was evenly divided into four 16-foot square rooms with 11 1/2 -foot high ceilings. One entered through a double doorway into a hall with a walnut bannistered stairway. Eventually the building was divided into four apartments, and was razed in 1969 to make way for the present commercial buildings.

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