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226 West Whitewater Street

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Historic Name:Whitewater Hotel
Reference Number:09001273
Location (Address):226 West Whitewater Street
Whitewater Hotel
226 West Whitewater Street, Whitewater, Walworth County
Date of construction: 1894

Located across the street from the Whitewater Passenger Depot, the Whitewater Hotel operated primarily as a "commercial" or "railroad" hotel, largely dependent on railroad passengers coming into Whitewater. The building was constructed in 1894 after a fire destroyed the original hotel on the site. The old hotel was small and old-fashioned, but the new Whitewater Hotel met the standards of a well-appointed and attractive commercial or railroad hotel of the time.

It was important that the Whitewater Hotel be reconstructed, as Whitewater had just lost two major industries and entered into an era when the basis of the city's economy was commercial. Not only was the Whitewater Hotel conveniently located near the passenger depot, it was near the freight depot, where Whitewater's farmers shipped out their produce. Commercial agriculture sustained Whitewater through much of the early twentieth century and the Whitewater Hotel served the public involved in this activity.

Like most small town hotels, the Whitewater Hotel declined during the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II. In 1952, the biggest blow cameā€”the end of passenger service in Whitewater. The hotel became a rooming house and during the later twentieth century, the building suffered from lack of maintenance, inappropriate remodeling, and a major fire. Vacant for many years, the building was slated for demolition until the city enticed a developer to renovate the building in 2006 using federal and state rehabilitation income tax credits. Saved from the wrecking ball, the old Whitewater Hotel, now an apartment building with a popular coffee house, went from eyesore to an enhancement in Whitewater's downtown.

Period of Significance:1894-1952
Area of Significance:Commerce
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:01/21/2010
State Register Listing Date:07/17/2009
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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