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MONROE ST N | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Building C - Freight Car Shop
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:48232
Location (Address):MONROE ST N
County:St. Croix
City:North Hudson
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1890
Additions: 1916
Survey Date:1983
Historic Use:repair shop/roundhouse
Architectural Style:Astylistic Utilitarian Building
Structural System:Unknown
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad Car Shop Historic District
National Register Listing Date:10/4/1984 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Description: An irregular one story Vernacular 19th Century industrial building, constructed of red pilastered brick, gable roof with cruciform brickwork cornice, granit foundation (not visible), windows set in recessed, corbelled panels. Northside: Series of massive arched wood doors with voussior and two square windows flanked by small segmental windows with voussior and lug sills; extreme east side arch altered to become rectangular. Eastside (original facade): Central arched entrance with voussior and segmental double-hung multi-paned windows with voussior and lug sills, in corbelled recessed arhces divided by brick pilasters. Southside: Series of large arched doos with strap hinges trimmed with voussior (one changed to rectangular) flanked by small segmental windows with voussior and lug sills; south side projection with arched entrances replaced by square passive solar windows; small segmental windows with voussior and lug sills. Westside: Two large arched doors with strap hinges and voussiors; semental double hung 16/16 windows with voussior and lug sills. 1916 Addition: Rectangular, one story structure constructed of brick, gable roof with nine pane monitor and cruciform brickwork cornice, series of recessed brick panels separated by pilasters, large rectangular eighty-pane window with loug sills in recessed corbelled brick panels on east and west side. Large rectangular doors with strap hinges on south side. Background: When the car shops opened in 1891, nearly 50 carpenters and associates worked in the Freight Car Shop. Thirty-two freight cars could be repasired at one time in the 85 by 102 feet building which had a 60 by 80 feet wing on the west end. Freight car construction and repair comprised 65 percent of the work done at the shops. Cycle repairs, also known as periodic or heavy repairs, covered general overhaul on a car after a given number of years. Light or running repiars took care of minor damage or brought safety appliances up to standard. An objective of running repasirs was to fix what was necessary and get the car back on the track in "running" order in a short time. During a period of major expansion in 1916, a steel shop wing was added at the east end of the Frieght Car Shop. Historic photographsn reveal that a sign, painted above the main entrance to the Freight Car Shop, reminded people of hazards with machinery. The sign read "Your Safety Means Being Careful." The sign has since been covered with Bugatti Logo.
Bibliographic References:A. "Occupied", Hudson Star-Times, March 20, 1891, page. 1. B. "Hudson Securies Great Railway Shops...", Hudson Star-Times, May 16, 1890, p. 1. C. Tenth Annual Report of the C., St.P., M. & O. Railway Co. (St. Paul: by Author, 1890). D. Eleventh Annual Reprot of the C., St.P., M. & O. Railway Co. (St. Paul: By Author, 1916). F. WCWRPC Case Studies: Adaptive Reuse Strategoies. (Eaun Claire; By Author, 1982). p. 47-64. G. Sanborn-Perris Insurance Maps. (NYC: Sanborn Map and Publishing Co., 1891, 1912, 1924)./ H. Solheim, It Happened In Hudson, (Hudson: Hudson Star-Observer, 1962).
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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