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152-154 LODI ST

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152-154 LODI ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Clements House Hotel
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:3535
Location (Address):152-154 LODI ST
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Year Built:1892
Additions: 1895
Survey Date:1999
Historic Use:hotel/motel
Architectural Style:Commercial Vernacular
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Wall Material:Clapboard
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Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Lodi Street - Prairie Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:6/22/2000 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/21/2000 12:00:00 AM
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Additional Information:The west (left) wing of this L-plan building was constructed prior to 1892, at which time the building was already known as the Clements House hotel, Alfred Clements being the owner. In 1895, Clements added the wing to the right, giving the building its current form and appearance. Subsequently, the building was known as the Kimball Hotel and later, the Hotel Lodi, which it remains today.

A rare intact example of a turn-of-the-century hotel that catered to traveling salesmen and others of modest means, the Hotel Clements served passengers arriving on the Chicago and North Western Railway, whose tracks ran just a block away. At various times, the structure has housed a restaurant, a clock shop, and other retail concerns. It is now a bed-and-breakfast.

The folk Victorian structure typifies the era’s railroad hotels. A fishscale-shingled frieze and a bracketed front parapet, which rises above the roofline, cap the clapboard walls. Tall, narrow second-story windows periodically punctuate the horizontal line of the frieze, a rhythm echoed below by the multitude of narrow doorways that open onto the full-width porch. The hotel actually began as a structure half its present size. Alfred Clements commissioned the initial two-story building sometime before 1892; by 1898, he doubled the width of the facade and ran a porch across the front. Turned columns support the porch’s hipped roof and a restored spindle balustrade.
Bibliographic References:Lodi Valley News: 3/2/1895, p. 3; 3/12/1895, p. 3; 4/13/1895, p. 3; 4/20/1895, p. 3; 4/27/1895, p. 3; 5/25/1895, p. 3; 5/16/96, p. 3. Lodi Enterprise: 1/4/1895, p. 1; 3/1/1895, p. 1; 4/12/1895, p. 1; 12/21/1900, p. 2/22/ 1901, p. 4; 4/05/1901, p. 4; 4/19/1901, p. 4; 8/16/1901, p. 4; 10/11/1901, p. 4; 11/15/1901, p. 4; 2/20/1903, p. 1. City of Lodi tax rolls (1897-present). Lodi Historical Album: 1848-1973. Lodi, 1973, p. 17. Sanborn-Perris Fire insurance Maps. Lodi, Wisconsin, 1892, 1898, 1902, 1904, 1919, 1930. Capital Times 11/20/1989. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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