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411 HIGHLAND DR

Architecture and History Inventory
411 HIGHLAND DR | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:The American Club
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Reference Number:16437
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):411 HIGHLAND DR
County:Sheboygan
City:Kohler
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Unincorporated Community:
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1918
Additions: 1924
Survey Date:1975
Historic Use:dormitory
Architectural Style:Tudor Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
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Demolished?:No
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DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: American Club
National Register Listing Date:5/22/1978 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
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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 Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History.

Site file at IDG's desk

Built in 1918, the American Club, now a resort hotel and restaurant, was a dormitory for single men and a recreational facility for the community. "A worker deserves not only wages but roses as well," observed Walter Kohler, and here he offered his employees a symbolic rose. One function of the club was, as its name suggests, to Americanize the immigrant workers, inculcating “a desire for Americanization and a love for their adopted country." In that connection, the club offered English-language and citizenship classes. Philipp’s design became Kohler Village’s architectural centerpiece. The sprawling structure, a loose interpretation of the Neo-Tudor style, features a steeply pitched roof, clad in Vermont slate and punctuated by shed dormers. Gabled wings and cubic entry portals project from the facade, adding visual interest. The north wing, although part of the original design, was not added until 1924.
Bibliographic References:Sheboygan Press 1/30/1997. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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