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  WISCONSIN'S BUILDING - The group of buildings which represented the States around Chicago, if taken together, seemed to have lost a distinctive character; especially when contrasted with the monk-houses of the Spanish settlements and the temples of Athens, where kaleidoscopic houses seemed to have been built without plan, with here a veranda, and there a tower or cupola as the builder had found material or time. This was the appearance of the group, but if we considered any single example, it was evident that the architect has followed a fashion that has met great favor since the advent of Queen Anne ideas. The Wisconsin structure, which is here portrayed, was in a style highly favored on the great boulevards of Chicago, and its lower story was constructed with great regard for the scrutiny which it was destined to meet. Here were to be noted the brown stone, granite and terra-cotta of which the commonwealth is so proud, and in the upper stories the work was done in the products of Wisconsin sawmills, whose din is not yet over although their output is decreasing. On this modern mansion, the architect, Lillian Vaters, of Oshkosh, expended $30,000, there was a stained glass window put in by Superior City, which cost $6,000, and there was also an art exhibit. A framed history of the State, eight by twelve feet, was to be seen, and the work in Wisconsin woods was admited by all. The width of the spacious porches on each front was over one hundred feet, and the house was fifty feet deep. On one side it fronted the North Lagoon.
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