West Prospect Avenue Historic District

315-330 West Prospect Ave., Appleton, Wisconsin

A visually distinct grouping of large, high style houses


John H. & Priscilla Whorton House, 1870

One of the finest Italian Villa houses in Wisconsin, designed by William Waters of Oshkosh.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning June 2017



"The West Prospect Avenue Historic District showcases the major national architectural styles of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and includes fine examples of the Italian Villa, Colonial Revival, Prairie School, Tudor Revival, and Italian Renaissance Revival styles. The bluff side of Prospect Avenue, with its spectacular views of the Fox River, was the residential area of choice for well-to-do Appletonians during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. After 1910, lots overlooking the bluff were no longer available and the platting of new residential areas north of the central business district, especially the City Park neighborhood, drew wealthy would-be homeowners. The level of integrity of the individual buildings varies in the district, but is generally excellent.

"The West Prospect Avenue Historic District is set on the top of a bluff, with a commanding view of the Fox River valley. In contrast to the houses in the district, the residences to the north, east and west of the district are smaller in scale, more modest in architectural character and generally have suffered much greater alteration.

"The district is made up primarily of large, high style, singlefamily residences on large lots. Three of the eight contributing buildings were erected prior to 1900, four were constructed between 1901 and 1911, and one was built in 1927. l The GoffKaminsky House was remodeled 1942. The West Prospect Avenue Historic District retains a high degree of historic integrity in setting, materials, feeling, association, and design. One hundred percent of the resources in the district are contributing."

Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form prepared by Elizabeth L. Miller, Historic Preservation Consultant of the Old Third Ward Neighborhood Association, December 15, 2000. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 15, 2001
Reference number
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Italian Villa
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 7

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates, Updated Status and Added Photos