Alexander Cook House

600 E. North St., Waukesha, Wisconsin

Gothic Revival, 1865 house of ashlar stone


Overview Looking Northwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2016




Alexander Cook came to Waukesha in 1845 and remained to his death as a practicing attorney. He was appointed first District Attorney of Waukesha County in 1846. The house has had several additions over the years, that according to the NPS, preclude its addition to the NRHP because they detract from the architectural integrity of the original structure.

However, the Alexander Cook house is historically significant because of its its connection to one of the early members of the legal profession in Waukesha County and the first District Attorney. It is the only building remaining in the City which can be associated with Cook. The period of significance is indicative of the years Cook lived in the house, from its 1865 construction to his 1897 death.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1983
Reference number
NR name
Cook, Alexander, House
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1865; 1897

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos