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Paul Jules Saloon, Green Bay, Wisconsin


Paul Jules Saloon, Before Restoration

The Paul Jules Saloon Building in Green Bay's Broadway-Walnut Historic District is among the older buildings in the district. One of this 1883 Italianate Style building's two storefronts was always occupied by a saloon throughout the district's historic period. Prior to its restoration, only one-quarter of the building was in use —  as a saloon. The rehabilitation of the property has attracted new  tenants: a coffeehouse, a salon, an interior design firm and a marketing communications firm. This reflects changes occurring on Broadway generally —  many due to the efforts of the areas Main Street Program, "On Broadway." This project resulted from a creative partnership between the Chamber of Commerce, a local development firm, the original property owner and several local banks. The work qualified for the preservation tax credit.


Paul Jules Saloon, Before Restoration

Previous alterations seemed to discourage customers. Both storefronts were completely boarded over except for one small window. An ersatz "mansard" roof from the 1960s blocked what once were transom windows. Even the second-floor windows were blocked down by half.


112-114 Broadway After Restoration

The new restoration opens up the windows to their original size, allowing light to flood the restored interiors, which feature newly uncovered original hardwood floors and tin ceilings. The large glass display windows also allow customers to view the products and services available within. The storefront's sensitive restoration makes it clear the building is open for business.


Kavarna Coffeehouse, After Restoration

 

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