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240 HAMILTON RD

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240 HAMILTON RD | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:TURN HALLE
Other Name:
Contributing:
Reference Number:13165
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):240 HAMILTON RD
County:Ozaukee
City:
Township/Village:Cedarburg
Unincorporated Community:HAMILTON
Town:10
Range:21
Direction:E
Section:35
Quarter Section:SE
Quarter/Quarter Section:NW
PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1867
Additions:
Survey Date:1975
Historic Use:meeting hall
Architectural Style:Front Gabled
Structural System:
Wall Material:Fieldstone
Architect:
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Hamilton Historic District
National Register Listing Date:7/1/1976 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
NOTES
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 State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

ROUND ARCH WINDOWS W/KEYSTONE. 1/2 ROUND FANLIGHT WINDOW IN GABLE. MOST IMPORTANT BLDG. IN HAMILTON ARCHITECTURALLY AND HISTORICALLY. Edward Janssen promoted many social and cultural events in this building. He also built the building. ONCE HOME OF EXCELSIOR SHOE AND SLIPPER CO.

The Halle is a fieldstone structure with courses tooled in mortar. The keystones and quoins are all made of smooth-faced ashlar. A balcony comprised the second floor, and a long bar ran the length of the building on the main floor. A plastered arched ceiling formed a canopy under the roof.

According to Cook (1976), Turn Halle was built by William Janssen for the Turnverein Society after the Hamilton group split off from the Cedarburg chapter. An upper floor and cupola were added a few years later. The ground floor was used for various recreational activities while the upper floor was for dining, dancing, and concerts. In the 1870s, the building was leased to Andrew Bodendorfer, owner of the Concordia Mill. He remodeled the upper floor for more dances while he used the ground floor as grain storage. In 1892, Bodendorfer started the Excelsior Shoe and Slipper Company in Turn Halle until the operation was moved in the 1900s. Circa 1939, Turn Halle housed an apple press for cider-making. The Cedarburg Town Board purchased the building in 1976.
Bibliographic References:ZIMMERMANN, RUSSELL "THE HERITAGE GUIDEBOOK" (HERITAGE BANKS 1976). Cook, Ruth. Historic Hamilton. Town of Cedarburg Landmarks Commission, 1976.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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