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8780 State Hwy 70

National or State Register of Historic Places
8780 State Hwy 70 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Peacock Inn
Reference Number:100000519
Location (Address):8780 State Hwy 70
Township:St. Germain
Peacock Inn
8780 State Highway 70, St. Germain, Vilas County
Builder: Joseph C. Zellner
Date of Construction: 1930

When the log, one-and-one-half story, Peacock Inn was completed in 1930, it was a welcoming roadside stop for the many Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois residents who were in search of good food, relaxation and the chance to catch a big musky during their northwoods vacation. Large muskellunges roamed the lakes of Vilas County and the chance to land one of these demons of the deep would attract fishermen for the ensuing decades.

The Peelen brothers, Joseph and Andrew, recognized that a location along State Highway 70 would offer access to many travelers and tourists. Situated between the highway and the west shores of Fawn Lake, the brothers contracted local builder Joseph C. Zellner to construct a rustic inn. The exterior was built entirely of logs and incorporated elements of the Rustic style. The interior has a beautiful bar constructed of log and bent saplings. The inn was completed in 1930.

In the north woods of Wisconsin, during the early part of the twentieth century, self-taught local builders, who relied on simple tools, timeworn techniques, and native materials, built lodges and cabins for the newly emerging tourist industry. The Rustic style combined relatively inexpensive indigenous materials, with the characteristic composition of the American pioneer cabin and the Adirondack summer homes of New York State. The resulting building complemented the surrounding natural environment. The Peacock Inn is a nostalgic reminder of the early resort era in Wisconsin. It remains today a visible and enduring contributor to the twenty-first century tourist industry of northern Wisconsin.

We gratefully acknowledge the Fuldner Heritage Fund which paid for the preparation of this nomination. This endowed fund, created through a generous donation by the Jeffris Family Foundation and administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society, supports the nomination of historically and architecturally significant rural and small town properties.

Period of Significance:1930-1966
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Entertainment/Recreation
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Commerce/Trade: Restaurant
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Joseph C. Zellner, Builder
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:01/17/2017
State Register Listing Date:08/19/2016
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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