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2208-2218 N 3RD ST

Architecture and History Inventory
2208-2218 N 3RD ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Dorsen Office Building
Other Name:Wigs/O. C. White Soul Club/ Inner City Redevelopment
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:16478
Location (Address):2208-2218 N 3RD ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1923
Additions: 1950
Survey Date:1982
Historic Use:large office building
Architectural Style:Neoclassical
Structural System:
Wall Material:Terra Cotta
Architect:Martin Tullgren & Sons
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: North Third Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:8/2/1984
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:Multiple Resources of N. 3rd St. - Brewers' Hill
Additional Information:SIGNIFICANCE: The building is designed in the Neo-Classic Revival style and is stunningly executed in white terra cotta. As a popular medium of the style, this terra cotta detailing has made this a significant commercial building in Milwaukee. The storefront was altered in 1950. HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The Dorsen Office Building was designed by architect Martin Tullgren and Sons, and constructed in 1923 for the Dorsen Realty Company. The building cost $200,000 and consisted of 4 stores and 26 offices. Original occupants included physicians, dentists, real estate offices, hairdressers, Radio Listeners Assoc. and Better Motering Association of America. By 1938 the name was changed to the Home Savings Bank Annex, however the bank never occupied offices in the building.
Bibliographic References:Building Permit. Tax Program. City Directories.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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