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Generally bounded by the 100 and 200 blocks of Washington Avenue

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Generally bounded by the 100 and 200 blocks of Washington Avenue | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Washington Avenue Neoclassical District
Reference Number:100000863
Location (Address):Generally bounded by the 100 and 200 blocks of Washington Avenue
Washington Avenue Neoclassical District
City of Oshkosh, Winnebago County
Dates of Construction between 1900 and 1929

Downtown Oshkosh is located on the north side of the Fox River and flanked to the east by a number of large civic and commercial buildings. Located in this area, the Washington Avenue Neoclassical District is focused on two blocks of Washington Avenue occupied primarily by large civic and institutional buildings designed in the Neoclassical style and consists of six contributing resources, two of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The district’s development began in the 1900 and continued for three decades. The construction of the district, and the ubiquitous use of the Neoclassical style, took place after the rise of Oshkosh’s regional economic influence. This is reflected in the stature of the city’s institutions, specifically the city’s wealth and cultural importance of Oshkosh in the Public Library and Post Office and the fraternal and insurance organizations in the Masonic Temple, Fraternal Reserve Association, and Wisconsin National Life Insurance Company building. The city’s pride in these institutions has resulted in one of Oshkosh’s most architecturally intact historic civic and institutional areas.

Period of Significance:1900-1929
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Government: Post Office
Historic Use:Social: Meeting Hall
Historic Use:Education: Library
Architectural Style:Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Architectural Style:Classical Revival
Resource Type:District
Architect:Henry Auler
Architect:William Waters
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:04/10/2017
State Register Listing Date:12/02/2016
Number of Contributing Buildings:6
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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