Local Register

Eli Winch Home

201 South Vine Avenue


Architectural features of this home include the traditional spindle railings and cut away bay windows.  Differing wall textures are another hall mark of the Queen Ann style which avoided flat planar wall surfaces.  This can be seen in this house through use of all of the shingles, hipped porches and bay windows. This house is a classic example of Queen Ann Victorian architecture and was built in 1897 by Eli Winch as a “new, modern house.” Mr. Winch came to the city to purchase timber for a company inNeenahbeforeMarshfieldbecame a city. Later, he returned to settle here and became a very successful businessman. He owned three stave factories inMarshfield,ParkFallsandAthens. He was a friend of Governor Upham who convinced him to run for the legislature. He ran as a Progressive Republican and served two terms. Mr. Winch lived in the home until he died in December of 1938.