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NW CORNER OF EXHANGE ST AND CENTER AVE

Architecture and History Inventory
NW CORNER OF EXHANGE ST AND CENTER AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:LAUBE BUILDING
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Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:67975
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):NW CORNER OF EXHANGE ST AND CENTER AVE
County:Green
City:Brodhead
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1900
Additions:
Survey Date:1984
Historic Use:small office building
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
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Wall Material:Brick
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Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished?:No
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DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Exchange Square Historic District
National Register Listing Date:11/15/1984 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
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NOTES
Additional Information:The last and largest structure to be built on Exchange Square, the Laube Buliding is a visual focal point for the entire downtown commercial district. Constructed of red brick and rising three stories, the building is distinguished by a two-story cylindrical oriel tower which surmounts the main entrance. The tower is crowned with a conical slate roof and cresting and its shaft features molded and decorative panels. The entry below is framed with rusticated stone piers, stone lintels cap each window, and a stone course runs across the top of the transom above the store windows, contrasting with the smooth and brightly colored brick. Each corner of the building is anchored with a brick pier, and a parapet on the south side facade breaks up the monotony of the fenestration. The cornice of the building is treated with decorative brick work in an exaggerated saw-tooth pattern. Although it reflects none of the Italianate detailing of the other buildings on the Square, the Laube building does share the same facade lines and scale. The largest building on the Square, the Laube building was testimony to the city's prosperity at the turn of the century. Built by Charles and Sebastian Laube sometime between 1893 and 1900, the building provided retail and office space to the city's professional and business community. The building was also an early home of the Bank of Brodhead (established in 1896) which eventually purchased the entire building in 1915. The bank still owns the structure today. The Laube Brothers were successful Brodhead businessmen, involved with the Manager Opera House, the Laube Hardware Store, the Laube Wagon and Carriage Works, and -- together with their in-laws, the Gombar family -- several pieces of Brodhead real estate.
Bibliographic References:(A) 1900 Sanborn-Perris map. (B) Brodhead Independent Register. June 21, 1956. (C) Wally Ekum Abstract Co.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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