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102-131 E Lake St, 113-203 W Lake St, 103-211 N Main St, 101-202 S Main St | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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102-131 E Lake St, 113-203 W Lake St, 103-211 N Main St, 101-202 S Main St

National or State Register of Historic Places
102-131 E Lake St, 113-203 W Lake St, 103-211 N Main St, 101-202 S Main St | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Lake Mills Downtown Commercial Historic District
Reference Number:100003634
Location (Address):102-131 E Lake St, 113-203 W Lake St, 103-211 N Main St, 101-202 S Main St
City/Village:Lake Mills
Lake Mills Downtown Commercial Historic District
102-131 East Lake Street, 113-203 West Lake Street, 103-211 North Main Street, 101-202 South Main Street, Lake Mills, Jefferson County
Architects: John Hunzicker, Van Ryn & Lesser, A. Moorman & Co., Claude & Starck

The Lake Mills Downtown Commercial Historic District contains a group of historic streetscapes of nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings that surround two sides of a triangular block known as the Commons Park and these buildings constitute the still intact historic business center of the city of Lake Mills. Individually, the 38 contributing buildings in the district are very good brick or limestone-clad examples of the Italianate, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Richardsonian Romanesque Revival, Neo-Classical Revival, and Twentieth Century Commercial styles, and of the Commercial Vernacular form.

Several of these buildings are fine examples of the work of important Madison, Milwaukee, and St. Paul architectural firms, but a larger group was designed by Lake Mills architect/builders John Hunzicker and Edward N. Hitchcock, whose buildings are fully the equal of the works designed by their better known out-of-town counterparts. Collectively, these buildings have a significance that is even greater than the merit they possess individually because these are not just the most intact group of surviving historic buildings in Lake Mills that were associated with that community's historic retail stores and other service-oriented commercial enterprises; they make up a large percentage of all the buildings that have ever been associated with the city's commercial history.

Period of Significance:1854-1968
Period of Significance:1842-1953
Area of Significance:Commerce
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Event
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Commerce/Trade: Specialty Store
Historic Use:Commerce/Trade: Financial Institution
Historic Use:Recreation And Culture: Outdoor Recreation
Architectural Style:Italianate
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Architectural Style:Classical Revival
Architectural Style:Commercial Style
Resource Type:District
Architect:John Hunzicker
Architect:Edward N. Hitchock
Architect:Claude & Starck
Architect:Van Ryn & Lesser
Architect:A. Moorman & Co.
Architect:Peter C. Henningson
Architect:Emil Hunzicker
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:04/05/2019
State Register Listing Date:11/30/2018
Number of Contributing Buildings:38
Number of Contributing Sites:1
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:1
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:1
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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