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207 N ACADEMY ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Green Bros. Leaf Tobacco House
Other Name:Grey Goose Building
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:11838
Location (Address):207 N ACADEMY ST
Unincorporated Community:
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Year Built:1901
Survey Date:19852014
Historic Use:warehouse
Architectural Style:Astylistic Utilitarian Building
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Look West Historic District (Boundary Increase)
National Register Listing Date:12/10/1993
State Register Listing Date:12/11/1993
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:This four-and-one-half story commercial vernacular styled warehouse features a rectangular shaped plan configuration, an unspecified stone foundation, a brick exterior, a brick trim, and an asphalt shingled gable roof. A newer one story addition is located at the south side. The M. F. Green & Sons Warehouse (See Bib. Ref. B, E, F) is in fair condition. In 1982, the structure was owned by Ajay Acquisitions, Inc. of 1501 East Wisconsin Avenue, Delavan.

Historical Statement: The building is historically significant as it relates to industry. Built in about 1907-08 at a cost of $30,000, the M. F. Green & Sons Warehouse fulfilled the purpose of "... stemming of the lower grades of leaf for export purposes." (See 1908 County History, page 570). Myron Green's building served as a tobacco warehouse until the 1950s. This and the Sylvester Warehouse (burned 1987) were two of the few warehouses in Janesville originally constructed for the purpose of storing and distributing tobacco. Myron Green began his career as a farmer and lived at 325 N. Washington between 1903 and 1925.
Bibliographic References:A. Maps. B. City Directories: 1903, 1913. C. The Look West Historic District, Prepared by Landscape Research for the Janesville Historic Commission, Janesville, Wisconsin, 1987. E. Date of construction source: History of Rock County (1908), page 570. F. 1975 Survey Form. "Cultural Resources Report For the Proposed Talman House Telecommunications Facility in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin." WHS Project #14-0719/RO. June 2014. Prepared by Marcy Prchal.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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