52 STAFFORD ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Architecture and History Inventory
52 STAFFORD ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:HOTEL LAACK
Other Name:
Reference Number:17038
Location (Address):52 STAFFORD ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1892
Survey Date:19752015
Historic Use:hotel/motel
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:Charles Hilpertshauser
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Hotel Laack
National Register Listing Date:12/2/1985
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National/State Register Listing Name: Downtown Plymouth Historic District
National Register Listing Date:6/23/2016
State Register Listing Date:2/19/2016
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.

When Plymouth businessman H. C. Laack built this hotel, he chose an ideal site on the road leading to the Chicago and North Western depot and across the street from the Plymouth Cheese Exchange. The exchange set cheese prices every Monday, allowing Plymouth to crown itself “Cheese Capital of the World.” The Laack became Plymouth’s leading hotel, catering primarily to traveling salesmen. In four large sample rooms on the ground floor, salesmen would set out their wares, and country merchants came to town to place their orders.

Laack selected as architect Charles Hilpertshauser, a Swiss immigrant to Sheboygan, whose Queen Anne-flavored design displays a sense of movement, partly due to the profusion of metal garlands, rosettes, and foliation. Oriel windows, fabricated of galvanized iron, hang from the second story. Above the oriels, steeply pitched triangular dormers rise above the false mansard roof. The steel mission-style tiles cladding the dormers and the sheet-metal sheathing on the central shed dormer provide contrasting textures. The original entrance has been replaced, and the classical portico that once projected over the sidewalk is gone.
Bibliographic References:MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL 9/10/1995. SHEBOYGAN PRESS 9/17/1995. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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