C. B. Bird House

522 McIndoe St., Wausau, Wisconsin


Overview Looking Northwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2020




"The C. B. Bird House in Wausau is a Revival-style design executed by [Alexander C. ] Eschweiler himself before his sons entered the firm. The large, two-story plus attic half-timbered residence is T-shaped with a 'court' in the rear northwest angle of the house near the garage. The Tudor character of the house is concentrated in timbering of the two upper stories in the steep gable ends; a small gabled canopy fronting the open, southwestern corner porch gives a Tudor touch to the front. Corbelled brick chimneys rise from the southeast (front) and northwest (rear) slopes of the shingled roof, and from the northwest slope of the intersecting gable to the rear. Windows in both brick and half-timbered stories occur randomly throughout, usually doubled and tripled. Picturesque bays with leaded casements occur on the second story of the front facade, and in bracketed overhangs on the first and second stories over the rear court. The English flavor is strongest in the rear, where an open porch-cloister and a variety of window units and overhangs suggest a fragment of a Tudor village. The dark oak interior includes an intercom system composed of one and one-half inch piping in the walls.

"Claire B. Bird was a lawyer, politician, and judge, and practiced law in Wausau before and after his tenure as State Senator from 1918-23. A conservative Republican, he was elected president of the Wisconsin Bar Association from 1913-14, and served as circuit judge of the sixteenth judicial circuit from 1940-42. In addition to his distinctions in the legal area, Bird was active in a number of fraternal organizations in Wausau."

Quotation from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, Eschweiler Thematic Resources of Marathon County, Wisconsin prepared by Diane H. Filipowicz, Architectural Historian of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, December 1979. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 1, 1980
Reference number
NR name
Bird, C. B., House
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Other; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Significant years
1898; 1928

Update Log 

  • June 2, 2020: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 2, 2020: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description, and added photos