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4828 MAIN ST

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4828 MAIN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Ritger Wagonmaking and Blacksmith Shop (Jacob Ritger)
Other Name:
Reference Number:14174
Location (Address):4828 MAIN ST
Unincorporated Community:ST. LAWRENCE
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1867
Survey Date:1982
Historic Use:blacksmith shop
Architectural Style:Side Gabled
Structural System:
Wall Material:Fieldstone
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Ritger Wagonmaking and Blacksmith Shop,
National Register Listing Date:6/1/1982 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
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. SEGMENTAL ARCH BRICK LINTELS. FRIEZE WINDOWS. 2 STORY WAGON SHOP ATTACHED TO 1 STORY BLACKSMITH SHOP. 35 INCH SPLIT FIELDSTONE WALLS W/HEAVY MORTAR JOINTS. HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT IN DEVELOPMENT OF ST. LAWRENCE.

In 1867, Jacob Ritger opened his wagonmaking shop in the crossroads village of St. Lawrence to serve the surrounding agricultural region. His commodious one-and-one-half-story shop is a vernacular industrial building constructed of split fieldstone, laid with ample mortar. Boulders tie the thick walls together at the corners, and segmentally arched lintels of yellow brick support most of the window and door openings. The fieldstone and yellow brick create a colorful appearance. Attic windows light the upper level. Ritger used the double-door opening on the south side to get materials into the shop and finished wagons out. The opening has been filled, but the heavy wooden lintel remains visible. Later, Ritger formed a partnership with Louis Hermann, a blacksmith whose attached one-story shop is also built of fieldstone. Iron hitching rings on the exterior and interior walls attest to the many horses that this village smithy once shod. In 1915, cabinetmaker Herman Ziegelbauer converted the wagon shop into a residence.
Bibliographic References:ZIMMERMANN, RUSSELL, "THE HERITAGE GUIDEBOOK" (HERITAGE BANKS 1976). SEE PERRIN 1960 pg. 17. West Bend Daily News 6/14/1999. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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