Levi Merrill House

Also known as: Jeffrey L. Riebe House
120 Ferry St., Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Fourth oldest house in Eau Claire


Overview Looking Southwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning July 2018




"Originally an upright and wing house, this dwelling combines both Classical and Gothic elements in a picturesque composition. The original owner, Levi Merrill, was a noted stonemason who had his quarry at Mt. Washington, just west of this site. He lived in Eau Claire as early as 1867, when he cut the stone pedestal for a sundial which once stood at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Water Street.

"This is the major remaining period structure in Shawtown, once a lumber company town located between Half Moon Lake and the Chippewa River. Although nothing remains standing of the Shaw mansion, stable, boarding houses or lumber mill, the Sanford Fire Insurance Atlas of 1888 depicts in detail the spatial arrangement of the original town. It extended from just east of Carson Park Drive westward to beyond Minnesota Street. Daniel Shaw’s mansion was located on the riverbank just west of Michigan Street."

City of Eau Claire Landmark Commission

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 20, 1985
Reference number
NR name
Merrill, Levi, House
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Other architectural type; vernacular Classical/Gothic
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • July 19, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos