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744 N 4TH ST

Architecture and History Inventory
744 N 4TH ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Commerce Building
Other Name:Commerce Building
Reference Number:109055
Location (Address):744 N 4TH ST
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Year Built:1927
Additions: 1956
Survey Date:20042016
Historic Use:large office building
Architectural Style:Twentieth Century Commercial
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Wall Material:Brick
Architect:Martin Tullgren and Sons
Other Buildings On Site:0
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Additional Information:Commerce Reality Company was the owners at time of construction .
In 1956 the tower was removed.

Last surveyed in 1984 with map code of 151/28 on map 392.

Known as the Commerce Building, this structure was designed by Martin Tullgren & Sons and built in 1927. It was built with over sixty office/business spaces and during the period prior to 1960 was filled with a constantly rotating assortment of small businesses, professional services, organizational offices and government agencies.

Surveyed for Milwaukee Downtown Connector Arch/History Survey, SHPO#10-0983, Prepared by Heritage Research (2010).

2016- "Built in 1927, this six-story office building known as the Commerce Building has a rectangular plan. The first floor houses commercial space and the upper floors serve as office space. The walls are clad in cream brick and a parapet on the primary facades features finials and terra cotta crests at the corners. The primary (north and west) facades consist of modern storefronts that feature plate-glass windows in metal frames. A belt course of plain buff colored terra-cotta tile separates the street level from the upper floors. The upper floors feature brick pilasters that divide groupings of one-over-one, double-hung sash windows."
-"USH 18/Wells St: N 6th St to N Broadway", WisDOT#2200-14-00, Prepared by Mead & Hunt, Inc., (2016).
Bibliographic References:Facade Building Permit (323 - 99 W. Wells) Milwaukee City Directory, 1927-1962.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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