314-320 6th St. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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314-320 6th St.

National or State Register of Historic Places
314-320 6th St. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Young Men's Christian Association Building
Reference Number:82000703
Location (Address):314-320 6th St.
Young Men’s Christian Association Building
314-320 6th Street, Racine, Racine County
Architect: John Gilbert Chandler
Date of Construction: 1886

The YMCA building was the first building specifically constructed for use by the Young Men's Christian Association in Racine. The Racine Association was founded in 1875. In its first decade, the group met in various buildings around the city. Finally, in 1885 it was decided that the YMCA deserved its own building. Racine architect J.G. Chandler designed the new Queen Anne style building, which was constructed in 1886.

The YMCA building stands on the site of the Blake Opera House, which burned in 1884. Several decorative features suggest that Chandler incorporated extant portions of the opera house into the new building. The original plans for the YMCA building included a bowling alley, stores, a gymnasium, reading rooms, classrooms, a library, a kitchen, and a meeting hall. By 1915 users found the YMCA building to be far too cluttered and busy; as a result, the YMCA constructed a new building on Fourth and Wisconsin streets. Today, yet another new YMCA building has been erected, but the original structure remains.

The YMCA Building is privately owned. Please respect the rights and privacy of the tenants.

Period of Significance:1886
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Recreation And Culture: Sport Facility
Historic Use:Social: Civic
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Chandler,Gilbert John
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:03/01/1982
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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