William Nickell A., House

511 Lake St., Waukesha, Wisconsin

Restrained and carefully detailed Queen Anne style house


Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2016




"The Nickell house is an example of late Queen Anne design, modified by a classical influence. The first story of the house is formed of large blocks of cut limestone*, above this rise the second story and attic, faced with shingles. A steeply pitched hip roof covers the building', projecting from this are gable roofs, which on the facade covers a projecting dormer and on the south elevation, a two story wing. The peak of each gable is concealed by a triangular ornament, supported by thin brackets. A number of porches are included in the design; the most distinctive is a pedimented porch on the facade. This solid porch is composed of square columns which support the entablature and pediment. The most overt Queen Anne feature of the design is the chimney, enlivened by recessed panels.

"Located to the rear of the house is the original frame carriage house, complete with cupola."

Quoted from the Intensive Survey Form prepared by HNTB on February 10, 1982.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1983
Reference number
NR name
Nickell, William, A., House
Architectural style
Victorian: Queen Anne
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
ca. 1892


19th Century (38,062)
Built during 1890s (7,681)
House (27,841)
Limestone (8,194)
Private owner (54,402)
Queen Anne (5,137)
Victorian (19,703)
Waukesha County, Wisconsin (161)
Waukesha MRA (42)
Waukesha, Wisconsin (67)
Wisconsin (2,627)

Update Log 

  • April 19, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description
  • April 17, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos