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222 Madison Street

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Historic Name:Paramount Knitting Company Mill
Reference Number:10001229
Location (Address):222 Madison Street
City/Village:Beaver Dam
Paramount Knitting Company Mill
222 Madison Street, Beaver Dam, Dodge County
Dates of construction: 1883, 1911, 1930, 1937

The former Paramount Knitting Company Mill is associated with one of Beaver Dam's largest manufacturers. It is also the only relatively intact industrial building once powered by the Beaver Dam River. Set on the south bank of the river and oriented along Madison Street, the four-story red brick mill building served cotton milling from 1881 to 1906 and hosiery manufacturing from 1911 until 1934. Paramount Knitting Company was the parent corporation for Bear Brand Hosiery Company a prominent company in the hosiery industry nation-wide. The Beaver Dam plant housed Bear Brand Hosiery Mill No. 3.

The Bear Brand Hosiery plant closed in 1934, in the heat of a labor strike. The City of Beaver Dam acquired the property soon afterward and, in 1937, coaxed the Milwaukee-based Weyenberg Shoe Company to open a plant in the building, which the company occupied until 2005.

Period of Significance:1883-1960
Area of Significance:Industry
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Industry/Processing/Extraction: Manufacturing Facility
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Sheldon, Frank P.
Architect:Hubbard, C.P.
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:02/04/2011
State Register Listing Date:11/19/2010
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, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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