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Historic Name:Fort Atkinson Club
Reference Number:100000923
Location (Address):211 S Water St E
City/Village:Fort Atkinson
Fort Atkinson Club
211 South Water Street East, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County
Architect: Charles Fitzgerald
Date of Construction: 1912

The Fort Atkinson Club is a preservation success story. Left vacant since the 1990s, the building was acquired by a local philanthropist and is owned and operated by a private foundation. When the building was acquired, it was covered with aluminum siding and many windows were enclosed or covered. The interior was only in fair condition and many historic details had been covered up with modern materials. An historic renovation of the building in 2014 uncovered and restored almost all of the historic details of the building both inside and outside. Using sympathetic methods, the building was made handicapped accessible and is now in use for activities benefiting the entire community

Built in 1912, this fine Craftsman style building was used for social and recreational activities throughout much of the 20th century. It was built as a private clubhouse for use by primarily professional men in Fort Atkinson, an unusual facility in a small town. It was built with social rooms, a card room, billiard room, dining room, dance floor, gym, and bowling alley. It was suggested in the press that the club would be a wholesome alternative to the saloon for the hard working young men of Fort Atkinson.

In 1930, the Billings Masonic Lodge of Fort Atkinson acquired the building and continued its use as a social center for masonic activities. The Fort Atkinson Masonic Lodge was a large and active organization with a women’s auxiliary and youth groups meeting there. The old Fort Atkinson Club remained the home of the Masonic Temple until the 1990s and was the longest location of this fraternal group in Fort Atkinson.

The original building was designed in the Craftsman style and was meant to resemble the Wisconsin State Building of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The Milwaukee architect, Charles Fitzgerald, created a building that had similarities to the Wisconsin Building, but was a fine Craftsman design in its own right.

Period of Significance:
Area of Significance:Social History
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Event
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Social: Meeting Hall
Historic Use:Social: Clubhouse
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Architectural Style:Bungalow/Craftsman
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:04/24/2017
State Register Listing Date:12/02/2016
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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