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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Henry Waters House

Picture of property 1124 New Jersey St.
Lawrence (Douglas County)
Listed in National Register Jan 4, 2023

Architect: Thomas Dee
Category: domestic
Thematic Nomination: Historic Resources of Lawrence (2001)

The Henry Waters house is a two-story Italianate brick building constructed in 1872. The period of significance begins in 1872 when the Waters House was constructed. The house is important as it was designed to include a cellar that originally housed a processing and distribution operation for patent medicines. Henry Waters was a successful businessman with a patent medicine with C. Wakefield & Company, members of the Proprietary Association of America, the patent medicine manufacturing trade association. These medicines referred to ingredients that had been granted government protection. Most producers were quite similar to their competitors using vegetable extracts laced with alcohol.

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