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207 W WATER ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Williams Estate Building
Other Name:Del's Barber Shop
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:80763
Location (Address):207 W WATER ST
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Year Built:1884
Survey Date:1982
Historic Use:retail building
Architectural Style:Gothic Revival
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Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Water Street Commercial Historic District
National Register Listing Date:6/28/1990 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/23/1990 12:00:00 AM
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Additional Information:A small two-story Victorian Gothic commercial structure that has a flat sloping roof. Polychromatic brick work decorates the flat window hoods and the denticulated and cut-brick cornice. Pilasters that terminate in a projecting capital of the same design as teh cornice outline the ends of the building giving a distinct M.A. feeling to the building. Three round arch portals at street level serve two entrances and one large window area. This building is architecturally significant because it is the only good example of vernacular Victorian Gothic architecture in downtown Shullsburg. Although the opera house has some polychromatic details, this building has been better maintained in its original state and is a more representative example of the Victorian Gothic style. This building is significant to the development of Water Street Commercial Historic District. It was built in the 1880s when Shullsburg was experiencing economic prosperity from the addition of rail service and a renewed interest in lead and zinc mining. Because of the prosperity in the 1880s many buildings were built. This building was erected in 1884 at the same time the Farmers and Merchants Bank was built. William Morris, a jeweler moved his business into this building in 1884. He had previously been in the old Pick and Gad building down the street (Code 12/7). Since the turn of the century, it has been occupied by barber shops. It is currently a barber shop.
Bibliographic References:(A) Building stone. (B) Seq. History of Shullsburg,. 1827-1977 (Shullsburg. WI: Badger Historical Society. 1977), p. 62. (C) Pick and Gad Newspaper, 1884-86. (D) Wisconsin State Gazetteer 1886, 1912.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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