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419 W VLIET ST

Architecture and History Inventory
419 W VLIET ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:William P. Froehlich Paper Warehouse
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Reference Number:115918
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):419 W VLIET ST
County:Milwaukee
City:Milwaukee
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1888
Additions:C. 1912
Survey Date:2004
Historic Use:laundry
Architectural Style:Second Empire
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Wall Material:Brick
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Demolished?:No
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Additional Information:ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE:

Two and One Half Story Second Empire Brick Building.

Good example of an unusual form of cream brick warehouse. Possesses integrity of form and elaborate original stone hood over doorway.

Construction date, 1888. (A, B) 1912. (Alteration)


HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE:

Was the location of Wood's Steam Laundry.

Previously surveyed in 1982 with a map code of 58/18 on a Historic Brewer's Hill-1982 map.

The original owner of this building was a rag and paper merchant by the name of William P. Froehlich. In 1889, R.A. Mccullough and Frank C. Kane used the building for their wood steam laundry business located at 624 Grand Avenue. By 1900, the building still housed a laundry service, however, the name changed to Wood's Steam Laundry. In 1919, the Wobst Schoe Company took ownership and remained at the address until 1930.

Other sources indicate the building was constructed in 1888, however, tax rolls clearly indicate a property improvement from 1884 to 1885, which has been verified with city directories. The building was initially listed with 437 4th Street, and, by 1889 was listed as 411-415 West Vliet Street.
Bibliographic References:1. Stone over door 2. Building Permit 1894 Sanborn Atlas. Tax Rolls, City of Milwaukee
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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