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130 N IOWA ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:The Auditorium
Other Name:Shoe & Clothing Bazaar, Wrede's Jewelry
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:30958
Location (Address):130 N IOWA ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1900
Survey Date:1984
Historic Use:theater
Architectural Style:Commercial Vernacular
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Iowa Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:9/6/1996 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:3/25/1996 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
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. Built in 1901, this three-story Commercial Verncular styled auditorium features a rectangular shaped plan configuration, a brick exterior, and a flat roof. Arcading round arch openings and two-story bay windows highlight the facade. A heavy cornice located above the three-sided bays contains large brackets and dentil trim. Cast iron detail is also present above the storefront. Some alteration to the lower facade was executed at an unspecified date. A theater is located on the third floor. The structure is in excellent condition. Architectural/Engineering Significance: The Auditorium Building, a visually dominant feature of N. Iowa Street, is a locally important illustration of the commercial vernacular form of architecture. Constructed at the turn of the century, and housing both retail establishments and an "opera house," the three story brick block is an architecturally intact structure, which continues to reflect the tastes and intersets of its time. Historical Background: The Auditorium building superseded Spang's Opera House (420 N. Iowa Street, 47/22) as Dodgeville's cultural and social center. The three story structure provided adequate space for plays, concerts, dances, and commencements. The Sanborn Maps show a restaurant and a clothing store on the building's ground floor in 1905; a grocery and clothing store in 1915; and two stores (undifferentiated) in 1927. (See Bib. Ref. C).
Bibliographic References:A. Auditorium name: Interview with Gerald Fieldhouse, local historian, Dodgeville, Wisconsin, 14 December 1984. B. Date of Construction: 1899, 1905 Sanborn Perris Maps. C. 1905, 1915, 1927 Sanborn Perris Maps. D. Walking Tour of Historic Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Dodgeville Historic Preservation Commission, 1955. Take a Walk on Main Street: Historic Walking Tours in Wisconsin's Main Street Communities, Wisconsin Main Street Program, 1998.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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