1322 8th Street

 

Architecture:

    Style:                        Bungalow

    Description:              This turn of the century home is a one-story wood frame structure with vinyl siding and a cement block foundation.  It is a long narrow front gabled building.  On the south is a minor cross gable and on the north a gabled dormer.  Other decorative elements include a full width front porch with Ionic half columns on contoured cement block pillars.  The front entrance is flanked by large windows having leaded glass upper transoms.  The side windows are double hung with the upper half divided into six lights.  This home contributes to the historic character of this neighborhood.

 

Significant Period:

    Construction Date:     1912

    Architect/Builder:       Unknown

    Context:                    City water service was turned on in August 1912, and the house is first listed in the 1915 City Directory.  It served as the rectory for St. Martin Lutheran Church, which lay at that time immediately to the south, and replaced the previous rectory at 1324 8th.  The Rev. Gideon F. Rausch and his wife Rosa K. lived there from 1915 to 1935 when he died.  Rosa lived there until 1940, at which time Robert and Eleanor Wargowski moved in.  Robert was an employee of the St. Clair Tunnel Company.