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116 N 2ND AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

Property Record

116 N 2ND AVE

Architecture and History Inventory
116 N 2ND AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:31
Location (Address):116 N 2ND AVE
City:Sturgeon Bay
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1885
Survey Date:1982
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Structural System:Balloon Frame
Wall Material:Clapboard
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Third Avenue Historic District
National Register Listing Date:10/6/1983
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:This large, frame with clapboard siding dwelling has been modified several times but still retains the architecftural character of the turn of the century. Originally linked to outbuildings (including a woodshed and a stable the latter of which is still standing), subsequent modifications included the addition of a simply detailed wrap around porch with balistrade (1911). This is a handsome example of a well maintained late 19th century dwelling and although not on the main business street is still a unique structure within the District. It is an excellent, intact example of a building type once common in the District. Historical STatement: 304 N. Main in 1895. This building has been built upon several parts. The property has a history of divided ownership until 1899, when N.S. Washburn acquired a unified title. But prior owners had constructed improvements on the property and the tax rolls suggest more than one building. By 1910 Ruth Washburn is in possession of the building. This building might well have started its individual careers as either a hotel or boarding house, serving the transient male lumbermen during the City's early days. N.S. Washburn was the foreman of the Sturgeon Bay Lumber Company starting in 1874. He came to the area after having a number of adventures as a freighter on the Western Plains. Notes from Stanley Green, 10/28: Residence built by A.W. Lawrence, Sr. in 1868/1869 on Lots 7, 8, and 9 and Block 19 behind the new retail store he was building on Lot 6. It was sold to L.M. Washburn, manager of the store in 1880, and in 1902 Mr. Washburn built another residence for himself on Lot 9 of the site (132 N. 2nd avenue). To the best of my knowledge the building was never used as a hotel or boarding house and was only converted to mercantile use in recent year.
Bibliographic References:A. Sanborn Perris Maps of Sturgeon Bay 1885. B. Tax Rolls, City of Sturgeon Bay. C. Western Historical Co. 1881-P262 Northern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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