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Wigell-Carlson Residence Rockford


This 1908 Prairie-style residence, constructed one mile north of downtown, is easily recognizable to many local residents. While the primary façade faces a highly-traveled city street, the rear elevation overlooks a public recreational path along the Rock River. After 1985, this house and a neighboring property sat vacant for over ten years in the hands of a neglectful owner intent on clearing the site for a parking lot. During that time, original ornament was sold for salvage and ruptured water pipes ruined the plasterwork. In 1998, a local foundation purchased both houses to prevent their demolition, set up offices in one and solicited rehabilitation proposals for the Wigell house.



The winning proposal was by a local resident with prior restoration experience who wished to maintain the house as a single family residence. Lathe and plaster were fully replaced, millwork was carefully refinished, salvaged items were returned to their original locations and period finishes were used throughout. A sensitive rear addition provides outdoor river views without negatively impacting the house’s historic integrity. As part of the project, a local lending institution provided a significant renovation loan and the local newspaper ran a lead editorial praising the work and the positive community impact of historic preservation. 






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