Veterans Cottages Historic District

Off WI 22, King, Wisconsin


Wisconsin Home for Veterans


Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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The veterans cottages, part of the Wisconsin Home for Veterans Complex, are eligible for HABS recordation and are significant because they contribute to the Veterans Cottages Historic District that is part of the Historic Resources of the Wisconsin Veterans Home. a multiple resource unit listed in the National Register of Historic Places. They are significant under both National Register criterion A and C. The cottages contribute to the historic district under criterion A because, together, they are a good example of an historic planned retirement community for war veterans and their wives. The cottages were part of an important social program in Wisconsin, the care and housing of the state's Civil War veterans (and later, other war veterans) and their wives at a time when the state was only funding a small number of social institutions. The Veterans Home was also the direct result of a powerful political group -- the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) -- actively pursuing a cause for their members. The veterans cottages also contribute to the historic district under criterion C, because they are part of an architecturally-significant planned community where common forms, details, and materials were used to create an architectural uniformity among individual buildings. Also, some of the cottages in the historic district can be directly attributed to noted Wisconsin architect, William Waters, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Waters was a prolific and progressive nineteenth-century architect in northeastern Wisconsin. A devotee of the Shingle architectural style, his most noted design was the Shingle-style Wisconsin Building at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS WI-323)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1985
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Queen Anne
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 31
Non-contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • August 21, 2012: New photos from J.R. Manning