The Merrill-Nowlan Residence is an exquisite two and a half-story house that showcases the Georgian Revival style of architecture, a common and patriotic style across the country.
Constructed in the mid-to-late 1800s and
remodeled to its current status in 1904, the house resembles a Greek temple,
especially when it comes to its façade which features a two story iconic
portico and a frieze above with Palladian windows. The house was constructed
for Hiram Merrill, who came to Janesville in 1866 as the manager of the
Janesville Gas Light Company. Originally from New York, Merrill moved to
Milwaukee and then to California during the Gold Rush before buying a
controlling interest in the gas light company and becoming a manager. Merrill
took interest in public life as well. He was elected Mayor of Janesville in
1874 and served in the State Assembly in 1875.