NRHP: Charlton Wm. H. House

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Charlton, Wm. H., House (Prairie hill Learning Center)

Charlton, Wm. H., House (Prairie Hill Learning Center)

NRHP Reference #: 96001614

NRHP Listing Date: 19970125


rural, Roca vicinity, Lancaster County, Nebraska

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The Charlton house, constructed ca. 1872 is significant as a very early, well-documented, and well-preserved work of a pioneer Lincoln architect, Artemas Roberts. He was active in Lincoln from 1870 until about 1904, and occasionally returned to the city to carry out projects through the 1910s. Among the major projects of this local master were the original Lincoln High School (1872), First Congregational Church (1883), the A. J. Sawyer House (1887), the Herpolsheimer Department Store (1880s), and Fairview (the W. J. Bryan home, 1902). Of Roberts' many Lincoln-area buildings, the only extant structures are a small number of houses, of which Fairview is the most prominent, and the Charlton house, by far the earliest. The house, located near Roca, is the clearest demonstration of his training, skill, and style at the very beginning of his career in Lancaster County.

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