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113-115 S MAIN ST

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113-115 S MAIN ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Otto Frieberg Grocery
Other Name:Zacherl, Wehner & Conti, SC
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:54369
Location (Address):113-115 S MAIN ST
County:Fond du Lac
City:Fond du Lac
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1875
Survey Date:1988
Historic Use:retail building
Architectural Style:Italianate
Structural System:Unknown
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: South Main Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:3/11/1993
State Register Listing Date:2/8/1993
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Photo code #2: 74FD-27/10.

This three story Italianate business block is constructed of cream bricks that have been painted on the front wall. A large wooden cornice sits at the top of the building and features simple brackets, modillions, and a paneled frieze. Windows are either round arched or segmentally arched openings with two over two light double hung sashes. The windows are decorated with labelmoldings on the second floor, and round arch moldings on the third floor that are trimmed with elaboarate keystones and ancones. Corbels support the stone window sills.

A plain cornice runs along the top of the storefronts that have been enclosed with tucco, modern windows, and modern entrances. The storefronts of this building have been combined with another building to the south, creating a large office.

This buiding is a fine example of an Italianate commercial building. Italianate commercial buildings are usually distinguished by their bracketed wood, stone, or metal cornices. Arched window hoods or label moldings of wood, stone or metal are also common details on the upper stories of Italianate buildings. The commercial block at 113-15 S. Main Street is a fine and typical example of an Italianate commercial buildings. It has a heavy, classically detailed cornice that is common to the style, along with heavy, elaborate window hoods and label moldings. The window hoods are particularly decorative and elaborate, and add to the distinctiveness of this building.

There have been a number of businesses in the storefronts of this building. During the late nineteenth century, J.R. Smith and his wife operated a hardware store here, and a grocery store was in the other storefront. Other businesses included a jewelry store, a shoe store, furniture store, and a millinery store.

This building has some historical interest as a general commercial building because of the historic commercial activity that took place in this building throughout its history.
Bibliographic References:A. City Directories for the City of Fond du Lac, on file at the Fond du Lac Public Library, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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