Unusual cobblestone house of significant historical value in rural Burlington
"A one-story enclosed addition to the rear of the house appears to be a later addition and has coursed stone rubble walls. This addition does not contribute to the architectural significance of the house.
"Jedadiah Healy's family, which [sic] arrived in Racine County in 1841, was one of the earliest to settle in the area, and the Healy house is one of the few cobblestone houses to have been built for a family from New England rather than New York. Richard Perrin has called the Hazelo-Healy House 'perhaps the most curious piece of cobblestone masonry in Wisconsin. . . . [sic] It is the unique treatment of the cobblestones that invites attention, since nothing quite like it has thus far been turned up anywhere else. The stones, of medium size and obviously taken from glacial till, are not particularly unusual, but each, one is literally set in a frame. The horizontally and vertically joined "V" joints are of equal size and profile, thus giving each stone a niche of its own.¹ '"
¹ Richard W.E. Perrin, The Architecture of Wisconsin, pp.55-6.
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form prepared by Ellen Threinen and Charles Engel, Preservation Planning Assistants, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, dated August 14, 1974. A link to the document is listed below in the "Sources" category.
[Editor's Note: Richard Perrin wrote two books about Wisconsin's historic architecture, published in the 1960s by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Public Museum.]