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2579-2597 N DOWNER AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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2579-2597 N DOWNER AVE

Architecture and History Inventory
2579-2597 N DOWNER AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Neacy Read Investment Co.
Other Name:Belleview-Webster (West)
Reference Number:78300
Location (Address):2579-2597 N DOWNER AVE
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1915
Survey Date:1993
Historic Use:retail building
Architectural Style:Neoclassical
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:Martin Tullgran
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
Additional Information:This structure is a fine example of a WWI period commercial building.

It is the oldest known theater still operating in the City of Milwaukee. Built more than twelve years before the advent of "talking pictures," the theater is one of the few in the metropolitan area that made the transition from silent pictures to sound pictures.

The oldest popcorn wagon has reputedly stood at 2590 N Downer Ave since 1916, made of wood and metal. Records confirm that the wagon was there in 1963 when the City of Milwaukee bought the parking lot that it partially stands upon. However, first-hand recollections of area residents propose that the wagon has stood in this area much earlier than 1963.
Bibliographic References:Permit. Final Historic Designation Study Report: North Downer Avenue Commercial District, (Jakubovich: 2001).
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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