Circa 1865, the Luman Strong House is the oldest structure in the Strong-Jones Historic District of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, just five minutes to Lands End and two blocks to the Iowa Street Historic District downtown. After a recent expansion, this Italianate home boasts four bedrooms, two full baths, and endless entertaining space inside and out, all while retaining the original clapboard fa ade.
A home is not a time capsule, but instead evolves to reflect the stories of its residents. This Civil War-era home was built by County Judge Luman Strong, and passed down to his descendants for 115 years. It has been impeccably maintained, with modern living updates including central air and a whole-house fan system. The current owners made this home their own by designing an addition in 2003. The Dodgeville Historic Preservation Commission oversaw the expansion process for a seamless result, carefully considering every historical detail to maintain continuity with the original home.
A brick path leads to the home s formal entrance. The classic details of the fa ade are as pretty as a Christmas card: the paired corbel brackets, the prominent moldings of the symmetrical sash windows, and the wrought iron volutes framing the entrance surround of sidelights and transoms. The antique mechanical doorbell transports guests back in time as the polished mahogany staircase welcomes them inside the living room.
The covered porch adjacent the driveway enters to a beadboard mudroom, where six-panel oak pocket doors open to the family room straight ahead. Built-in surround speakers and a bar area set the stage for game day or a cozy date night in. The oversized entertaining space spills outside to the back porch lounging beneath a breezy ceiling fan. This 500+ square foot expansion includes front-loading laundry, a full bathroom with tiled walk-in shower, and a 15-year-old basement offering clean, dry storage and workspace with windows and Bilco doors.
Cheery yellow walls greet groggy children for breakfast in the eat-in kitchen at the heart of this historic home, connecting the mudroom to the library and the formal dining room. Complete with chair railing and a center chandelier, the dining room adjoins the living room and the family room through wide archways trimmed in clean white lacquer. At the front of the home, the library s gas fireplace draws the family together on winter nights. A room dedicated to a simpler era, the fireside glow upon the millwork evokes a true sense of home.
Upstairs, four bright bedrooms surround the landing of the elegant staircase. A chandelier adorning the hall ceiling adds to the natural light streaming through the home's central window. Wide baseboards, cove molding, and original hardwood add character to every room, two measuring almost 200 square feet. A full bathroom includes a soaking tub and built-in storage.
The heart and soul poured into this home are evident before even one step inside. Just off the back porch, a fire pit is set into a patio with space for the whole neighborhood to pull up a chair. A bench swing hangs from a pergola wired for cozy string lights, and outdoor speakers set the ambiance for any occasion.
Add your story to this living piece of history. Call or text Torre at 608-574-6627 or Natalie at 608-609-2027 to set up a private showing today.
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