Course Outline
opening illustrated lecture

Geography 367, Landscape Analysis: Cultural -- Settlement Geography of Eau Claire
Instructor: Ingolf Vogeler; Room 260, Phillips Hall. Office Phone: 836-3618; email me at

I. Course Objectives

II. Course Requirements
The course consists of:
1) walking tours in different parts of Eau Claire; and a bike ride on the last day of touring.
Because you will be learning about houses in the field, class attendance is mandatory.

2) assignments -- 25% of grade
 (a) two article review assignments
 (b) tour the Chippewa Valley Museum (admission) and Logging Camp (admission)
 (c) cemetery assignment

3) photo-based test -- 35% of the grade
4) individual research projects in the last week -- 40% of the grade

III. Course Schedule
9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. each day as indicated on the course outline, distributed in class.
Here is a general schedule of course activities and approximate due dates for assignments and test.



Activity and where we will meet



 Course objectives, requirements, schedule of class meetings; overview of Eau Claire settlement history and morphology.


 Tour around the university. Meet at the drop-off on Roosevelt Avenue, next to Schneider Hall.


 Tour the 3rd Ward. Meet at State and Roosevelt Streets. Read about occupational patterns in preparation for the Water Street tour.


 Tour the Water-Lake Street area. Meet at the bank on Water Street. (Reading assignment due -- either Assignment 1 or 2)


 Tour downtown. Meet at City Hall. Read about tombstones in preparation for the Main Street tour.



 Tour the Main Street area. Meet at University Park. Bring the class handout.


 Tour the suburbs by bike. Meet at E. Polk and Patton Street. (Reading assignment due -- either Assignment 1 or 2)


 Photo-based TEST and discuss and finalize individual research projects.



 Review the progress of individual projects. (Cemetery assignment due)


 Work alone on projects.


 Review of projects in class.


 Work alone on projects.


 Presentation, evaluation, and revision of projects.

IV. Textbooks (purchase from the UWEC bookstore)
1. Settlement Geography of Eau Claire: Parts of a House
2. Settlement Geographyof Eau Claire: Architectural Styles
3. Settlement Geography of Eau Claire: Housing Characteristics and Historical Developments

Eau Claire Landmarks handed-out in class

V. Assignments
Assignment 1 (hand-in)
Read the article, “Architecture and Class Segregation in Late Nineteenth-Century Terre Haute, Indiana,” Geographical Review, Vol. 69, No. 2 (1975), pp. 166-179. Read it at If this link to the publication does not work, go to the UWEC libary web site, search for Journals: Geographical Review, and then follow the links until you get to the correct Year (1975), Volume 29, Number 2.
Write a summary of this article. Be sure to cover all the major points. Then relate what you learned to your Eau Claire field experiences. How does this article provide you with new insights about Eau Claire’s architecture and socioeconomic (class) characteristics? Be creative in this second part.

Assignment 2 (hand-in)
Read the article (available on the Geog 367 web Course Outline link), "Style for the Zeitgeist: The Stealthy Revival of Historicist Housing since the Late 1960s," from the Professional Geographer, Volume 60, Number 2, (2008), pp. 314-332. Read it at
Summarize the trends in the North American historic revival house styles:
 1) construct a table with decades and the types (names) of styles commonly found in each decade.
 2) briefly describe the reasons for this historic house style revival and reflect on why this revival occurred.
 3) look at the houses in Timber Creek on the south side of Eau Claire and then relate these house types to the article.

In preparation for the test, review the materials in the three Settlement Geography of Eau Claire booklets and
on the web at

Books of interest in the UWEC Library.
Publication of architectural and historic house styles was particularly active and excellent during the late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s; subsequently, few such books have been published and/or owned by the UWEC library.

Created by Ingolf Vogeler on 3 September 1996; last revised on December 9, 2014 .