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402-436 and 401-421 Water Street

National or State Register of Historic Places
402-436 and 401-421 Water Street | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Water Street Historic District
Reference Number:07001086
Location (Address):402-436 and 401-421 Water Street
County:Eau Claire
City/Village:Eau Claire
Water Street Historic District
Water Street roughly between Fourth and Fifth avenues
Eau Claire, Eau Claire County
Dates of Construction of contributing buildings: 1882-1885

The Water Street Historic District is a distinct, compact commercial area located along the north side of the Chippewa River directly across from the main campus of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Approximately one block in length, the District developed around a steamboat landing in the 1850s and originally included a working-class mix of retail and trade businesses. Often referred to as Eau Claire's "other downtown," this district is situated about one mile downstream from the central business zone in downtown Eau Claire. Today, the economic vitality of the Water Street district is due primarily to the proximity of the university community.

The hallmark of the Water Street Historic District is the High Victorian Gothic style Pioneer Block (1882) at 401-407 Water Street. This ornate, two-story, red brick commercial block of four contiguous storefronts anchors the east end of the District and is the most recognizable of its buildings.

Currently, the Water Street Historic District features a mix of specialty retail and service shops and contemporary dining and beverage establishments.

Period of Significance:1882-1956
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Commerce
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Domestic: Multiple Dwelling
Historic Use:Commerce/Trade: Specialty Store
Historic Use:Commerce/Trade: Professional
Historic Use:Government: Post Office
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Architectural Style:Gothic
Architectural Style:Italianate
Resource Type:District
Architect:Orff, George
Architect:Orff, Fremont
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:10/11/2007
State Register Listing Date:01/19/2007
Number of Contributing Buildings:17
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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