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ONEIDA AVE

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ONEIDA AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:ONEIDA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Other Name:ONEIDA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
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Reference Number:21358
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):ONEIDA AVE
County:Oneida
City:Rhinelander
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1908
Additions: 1957 1954 1982 1965 1991 1992 1981
Survey Date:1995
Historic Use:courthouse
Architectural Style:Neoclassical
Structural System:Stone
Wall Material:Limestone
Architect:F BIBERSTEINCHRIST H TEGEN (OF MANITOWOC)
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished?:No
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DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Oneida County Courthouse
National Register Listing Date:3/20/1981 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.

The WHS holds a covenant on this property until 2/22/2057.

VERY LARGE OCTAGONAL DOME W/TRANSCLUSCENT STAINED GLASS ROOF. RUSTICATED 1ST FLR W/ROUND ARCH WINDOWS AND DOORS. MONUMENTAL IONIC COLUMNS SPAN 2ND & 3RD FLRS. MOULDED AND DENTILLED CORNICE TOPPED BY PLAIN PARAPET. INTERIOR W/DORIC, IONIC & CORINTHIAN COLUMNS.

The Oneida County Courthouse is a three-story, NeoClassical Revival building constructed of gray limestone over the three-year period, 1908-1911. The architect was Christ H. Tegen, of Manitowoc, and the cost of construction totaled some $110,000. The exterior features a rusticated ground floor, two-story Ionic columns, classical moldings, and an octagonal, translucent dome of green Tiffany glass. The interior has a central light well, beneath the dome, with classical columns around the light well changing at each floor, from Doric, to Ionic, to Corinthian. The dome's spandrel panels are enriched with mosaics, featuring eagles, and shields with stars and stripes. There are three murals in the building. Two were done by F. Biberstein in 1919, and show early scenes from Rhinelander's history. The third is an illustration of the mythical Hodag, symbol of Rhinelander. The courtroom of Judge Robert Kinney was restored, using private funds, in 1992. Additions/remodelings were made to the rear of the Courthouse in 1954, 1982 and 1991.
Bibliographic References:Rhinelander Daily News 4/28/1999. Rhinelander Daily News 8/11/1999. Rhinelander Daily News 5/27/2001. Three Lakes News 11/5/2003. Rhinelander Daily News 11/26/2003. Rhinelander Daily News 2/17/2004. Rhinelander Daily News 3/4/2004. Rhinelander Daily News 4/4/2004. Rhinelander Daily News 5/5/2004
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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