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319 W 2ND ST

Architecture and History Inventory




Contributing: Yes

Reference Number: 885


Location (Address): 319 W 2ND ST

County: Ashland

City: Ashland


Unincorporated Community: 





Quarter Section: 

Quarter/Quarter Section: 


Year Built: 1921


Survey Date:1983

Historic Use: bank/financial institution

Architectural Style: Neoclassical

Property Type: Building

Structural System: 

Wall Material: Concrete


Other Buildings On Site: 

Demolished?: No

Demolished Date: 


National/State Register Listing Name:  WEST SECOND STREET COMMERCIAL H.D.

National Register Listing Date: 1984-02-02

State Register Listing Date: 1989-01-01

National Register Multiple Property Name: 


Additional Information: RICHLY DECORATED NEOCLASSICAL STYLE BANK AT CNR WITH IONIC ORDER [Date Cnst:(A)] DESCRIPTION: This finely-detailed rectangular bank built in 1921 of reinforced concrete after designs by Thomas Shefchik of Ashland, features the Neo-Classical Revival style expressed through the Ionic Order. The portico is tetrastyle-in-ants, and the door is surrounded by classical moldings. The west facade continues the Neo-Classical mode with six engaged Ionic columns between the rectangular windows. The Northern State Bank was originally the Northern National Bank and the 1933 management change is evidenced by the replacement blocks n the name and datestone. The Northern National Bank was forced to close due to the poor economic conditions of the Great Depression era. The two prominent facades exploit the corner site by the simple entablature and protruding cornice. The roofline features the white-glazed ceramic acroteria and antifixa with ornamental palmettes. SIGNIFICANCE: This Neo-Classical Revival style building is considered pivotal (contributing) in the district and is significant for its facade designed by Thomas Shefchik of Ashland and for its association with the economic development of Ashland. The bank, was forced to close in 1933. It reopened as the Northern State Bank and the altered facade is significant as testimony to the Great Depression era in Ashland's commercial district. The Northern National Bank was incorporated in 1887 with a capital of $100,000 and was originally located at 401 West 2nd Street, the Shores Block, E.A. Shores as President. Mr. Shores directed Shores' Building Association with C.F. Latimer as Vice-President in the late 19th century, thus responsible for many of the building program in Ashland's years of expansion.

Bibliographic References: [A] ASHLAND SALUTES 100 YEARS OF PROGRESS


Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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