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800 ROSE ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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800 ROSE ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Exchange State Bank/Masonic Temple
Other Name:Buzz's Bike Shop
Reference Number:33439
Location (Address):800 ROSE ST
County:La Crosse
City:La Crosse
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
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Year Built:1887
Survey Date:19962016
Historic Use:bank/financial institution
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect: William Parker
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name:Not listed
National Register Listing Date:
State Register Listing Date:
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, State Historic Preservation Office. Corner bank with Masonic Temple constructed around the rear and north side. Wooden corner octagonal bay over the corner entrance covered with an octagonal conical roof topped by a finial. Metal bracketed cornice underlined by a band of decorative brick; segmental arched windows with radiating brick and stone voussoirs with larger round arched windows at intervals; iron Corinthian column frame entrance; doors and windows of Masonic Temple have been filled with concrete block on lower story. The most prominent 19th century structure remaining in the Rose Street commercial district was constructed in 1884 on a corner site, the McGill Brothers Bank, better preserved than the adjoining Masonic Temple, is the most elaborate North La Crosse commercial structure influenced by the 19th century Queen Anne style. The bank building at 800 Rose had offices on the second floor. At 802 Rose (attached and connected) was a grocery store with the Masonic Hall above. The brothers E.B. and H.P. Magill began the Exchange Bank of North La Crosse in July 1884 at 541 Mill St. with a branch at 301 Main St. (see p. 79, 1885-6 La Crosse City Directory). By 1888, they are at 800 Rose. E.B. Magill began as a messenger for the Batavian Bank and rose to bank clerk before beginning the Exchange Bank. Magill also was associated with the Wisconsin Telephone Company and the Security Bank of La Crosse. The Exchange State Bank was important for citizens of North La Crosse. It was the only bank located in north La Crosse. Bank building constructed by local contractor F.X. De Lorean for $4000 and the Masonic Temple for $6000.00. 2016 UPDATE - BUILDING HAS LOST REAR/EAST PORTION WHERE MOST OF THE MASONIC TEMPLE WAS LOCATED. THE BANK PORTION OF THE BUILDING IS INTACT.
Bibliographic References:(A) Pratt and Owen, La Crosse Illustrated (La Crosse: Art Publishing Co., 1887; reprint: 1878) p. 37. (B) A. Sanford and H. Hirschheimer, A History of La Crosse, WI, 1841-1900 (La Crosse: La Crosse County Historical Society, 1951) p. 211. (C) Building Inscription. (D) Sanborn-Perris Maps, City of La Crosse, 1879, 1891. (E) La Crosse City Directory, 1985-6. LACROSSE TRIBUNE 5/14/1995. (F) "Magill Brothers Formed Business Which Later Became Exchange State Bank," LaCrosse Tribune, 3 January 1934. (G) La Crosse Republican Leader, 14 June 1887, 21 June 1887. (H) La Crosse Weekly Chronicle, 23 June 1887. (I) La Crosse Chronicle, 16 September 1887. LaCrosse Tribune 4/16/1999.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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