1002 N 3RD ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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1002 N 3RD ST

Architecture and History Inventory
1002 N 3RD ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Wausau Iron Works
Other Name:Murray Machiners, Inc.
Reference Number:50688
Location (Address):1002 N 3RD ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1895
Additions:19521922C. 19001963
Survey Date:1983
Historic Use:industrial building
Architectural Style:Astylistic Utilitarian Building
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:1989
Additional Information:DEMOLISHED (Wausau Daily Herald 8/15/89).

This industrial complex chronicles the development of industrial design from the late 1900s to the 1940s - both in building form and material. The earliest structure (1895) has roundhead windows, is gabled, and is faced with brick. Subsequent buildings are monitor roof forms made of brick and concrete block. Because the complex has continually produced iron products much integrity remains interiorly, as well as exteriorly.

D.J. Murray gradually bought into the company from 1877 to 1881, becoming sole owner in 1881. In 1921 Wausau Group members purchased the company.

Established by Ely Wright as Wausau Iron Works in 1874, it is the oldest industrial establishment in the city. It supplied machinery for the early railroads and for sawmills in north and central Wisconsin.

Demolished 1989.
Bibliographic References:(A) "Murco," pamphlet published by Murray Machinery, 1976. (B) Wausau Daily Herald 8/15/89. City in the Pinery, A Guide to Wausau's Historic Architecture, The City of Wausau, 1983. City in the Pinery, A Guide to Wausau's Historic Architecture, The City of Wausau, 1984.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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