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Bounded by Wisconsin Street from West Beloit Street to Fremont Street

National or State Register of Historic Places
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Historic Name:Downtown Historic District
Reference Number:13000686
Location (Address):Bounded by Wisconsin Street from West Beloit Street to Fremont Street
Downtown Historic District
Wisconsin Street bounded by West Beloit Street and Fremont Street, Darien, Walworth County
Dates of contributing buildings: 1880-1950

Two large fires and a burst of economic development resulted in most of Darien’s downtown development, creating a compact and cohesive commercial streetscape. Major fires in 1909 and 1912 resulted in the construction of half of the buildings in the district. These red brick buildings, added to the other brick blocks constructed earlier, give Darien's downtown a distinctive appearance with a strong sense of time and place.

Darien's commercial area developed along Wisconsin Street after the railroad came to town in 1856. By 1890, the district was filled with wood buildings of various sizes and shapes. When local farmers entered a successful and profitable period from the late 1890s through 1920, Darien's merchants profited as well. Beginning in 1897, when the appropriately named Farmers State Bank constructed a brick building, to 1916, when the last large brick building was constructed in the district, Darien's downtown was transformed.

Period of Significance:1890-1963
Area of Significance:Commerce
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Commerce/Trade: Specialty Store
Historic Use:Commerce/Trade: Restaurant
Historic Use:Government: City Hall
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Architectural Style:Art Deco
Resource Type:District
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:09/04/2013
State Register Listing Date:05/24/2013
Number of Contributing Buildings:18
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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