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Anthony Hoeffel and James and Mary Ritchey Home

James and Mary Ritchey Home at 324 W. Prospect Avenue.

The small triangular block where this 1889 Queen Anne style home stands was originally used exclusively for the stables of the Whorton and Goff mansions on the river side of the street.  This home was the first one built on the block and starts a transition to middle class housing on Prospect Avenue.

It was constructed for Anthony Hoeffel, who, born in Germany, was an early Wisconsin settler.  After his daughter Mary wed James Ritchey in 1892, the couple lived in the house from 1896 to 1901.  James, the son of Irish immigrants, became the superintendent of schools in Outagamie County, having worked his way through high school in Appleton and the State Normal School in Oshkosh, and then through the teaching ranks.  James was also in the boot and shoe business with his brother-in-law Peter, who lived next door on Sixth Street.

The middle class clapboard house features an "L" shape and hipped roof profile along with a front facing gable and a hipped roof bay.  Surviving Queen Anne decorative elements include the scroll bracketry under the bay and porch roofs. 

This home is located in the West Prospect Avenue Historic District which is listed in the State and National Register of Historic Places.

Hearthstone's Historic Tours of Appleton: Victorian and Edwardian Homes of Prospect Avenue 1849-1919
  1. "Hearthstone" The Home of Henry and Cremora Rogers
  2. Charles and Mina Pfennig Home
  3. Nathan and Virginia Morgan Home
  4. Theodore and Cynthia Conkey Residence
  5. Cynthia Conkey Home
  6. Paul Hackbert Home
  7. George Hogriever Home
  8. Jacob and Elizabeth Wolf Home
  9. William and Francis Sheer Home
  10. Ephraim and Louise Goff Home
  11. Raymond and Jean Bertschy Home
  12. John and Martha Whorton Home
  13. William Grant Whorton / John Van Nortwick Home
  14. Edward and Amanda West Home
  15. Henry and Emily Holbrook Home
  16. Thomas and Ophelia Brown Home
  17. Thomas Pearson Home
  18. 1880 Home
  19. Anthony Hoeffel and James and Mary Ritchey Home
  20. Joseph and Henrietta Plank Home
  21. George and Mary Potts Home
  22. Frank and Mary Slattery Home
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