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1925 E KENILWORTH PL | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Ford Factory
Other Name:Kenilworth Square
Reference Number:107185
Location (Address):1925 E KENILWORTH PL
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Year Built:1915
Additions: 2006
Survey Date:19862016
Historic Use:industrial building
Architectural Style:Astylistic Utilitarian Building
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Wall Material:Concrete
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Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office.

Resurveyed 2016 by UWM-CRM as part of Milwaukee Bublr bikeshare project.

2016- "This former industrial building consists of two connected portions. The east (Prospect Ave) portion was constructed in
1915 by the Ford Motor Company. The building was used by Ford as an assembly plant until 1942, when the building
was sold to the US government and leased to the AO Smith company for wartime production. The 5-story brick structure
has retail space on the first floor and apartments above, with identical multi-paned windows repeated throughout the
facade. The west (Farwell Ave) addition was constructed in 1945. Historic photos suggest this building has been
significantly altered since its construction, including recladding the original concrete walls, replacing the windows and
changing their openings, and reconstructing the first floor for retail space. The building was acquired by the State of
Wisconsin for UW-Milwaukee in 1970; the building housed university services and a printing plant before being converted
to classroom, residential, and performance space in 2006. The building was originally supposed to be seven stories tall.

The building is within the APE for proposed station site #48- Kenilworth."
-"Mult. Locations, Milwaukee, 7.5 series", WisDOT #2190-06-01, Prepared by Kelly Noack and Justin Miller, UWM-CRM (2016).
Bibliographic References:
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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