Herman C. Timm House

1600 Main St., New Holstein, Wisconsin

A beautiful example of a stick style Queen Anne home, added on to an original Greek Revival design home.

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Oblique View Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in November 2012

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Description 

The Timm home was built in two segments. The original structure, a Greek Revival home, was built in 1873. It became the back of the house when an addition was built in the Queen Anne style that later became known as stick style. The stick style lends itself to the gingerbread that adds a "WOW!" factor to this type of home.

The Timm family owned the house until 1974 when it was donated to the New Holstein Historical Society. The house was enthusiastically refurbished, although updated instead of restored, with a 1970s feel that was later returned to period decor.

A disaster occurred in January of 1998. A roof leak had closed the house for tours, but a burst pipe resulted in a half a million gallons of water flooding the basement. The flood extinguished the furnace, resulting in more pipes freezing and bursting.

When the flood was discovered and drained, a volunteer sat with the house while a repairman completed the project of restarting the furnace. On his way out, he slammed the door closed but the wood in the structure had absorbed so much moisture that the volunteer could not open the door. Calls from a second story window finally resulted in a rescue.

Despite the disaster, the house had been restored and is reopened again for tours, on a limited schedule. It is the first structure one sees when entering New Holstein from the south and is an unexpected and breathtaking sight.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1996
Reference number
96000727
NR name
Timm, Herman C., House
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Victorian: Stick/Eastlake
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1872; 1892

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2012: New Street View added by Andrew Wood
  • November 10, 2012: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates and added photos

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