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107 VINE ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Freight House (Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul freight depot)
Other Name:Freight House Restaurant / Christina Winery
Reference Number:16232
Location (Address):107 VINE ST
County:La Crosse
City:La Crosse
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
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Year Built:1880
Additions: 1904
Survey Date:1996
Historic Use:depot
Architectural Style:Italianate
Structural System:
Wall Material:Cream Brick
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Freight House
National Register Listing Date:3/2/1982 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
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Additional Information:Gutted by fire 9/1992.[A] Cream brick structure; flat window hoods over segmental arched windows; stone window sills; gable roofed north extensions with wooden cupola; wooden platform and porch along the west side. Restored and reused as a restaurant in 1978, the Freight House Restaurant, the only 19th century railroad structure to remain in the heart of the commercial waterfront district, was used as freight depot until 1955. The building was constructed in 1880 to serve the needs of Front Street and downtown businessmen who wanted to ship goods via the Milwaukee Railroad. The original depot was located north of the La Crosse River. The freighthouse is important as an indication of the effect railroads played in La Crosse's development. Constructed of Watertown brick. Damaged by interior fire. Building restored--a new roof was added and the interior brick surfaces were cleaned.
Bibliographic References:(A) La Crosse Tribune, 9/27/1992. (B) Sanborn-Perris Insurance Map, City of La Crosse (New York: Sanborn Map and Publishing Co., 1884). (C) Heritage Tours (La Crosse County Historical Society, 1982). (D) LACROSSE TRIBUNE 5/14/1995. (E) La Crosse Republican Leader, 31 August 1880, 23 September 1880, 9 October 1880, 14 October 1880. (F) La Crosse Daily Press, 26 April 1892. (G) La Crosse Chronicle, 8 April 1881. (H) La Crosse Tribune, 4 February 1993, 30 November 1992.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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