301-315 N BROADWAY ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Architecture and History Inventory
301-315 N BROADWAY ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Ludington Estate Commission Houses
Other Name:A. Gagliano Co. Inc. / Railroad Salvage Co.
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:98165
Location (Address):301-315 N BROADWAY ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1894
Survey Date:1984
Historic Use:retail building
Architectural Style:Commercial Vernacular
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:Henry C. Koch & Co.
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Historic Third Ward District
National Register Listing Date:3/8/1984
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property named 'Commission Row'. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office. Constructed of red brick with stone trim, this building is a signficant structure in a block of brick wholesale houses referred to as "Commission Row" in the Lower Third Ward warehouse district. This building has been continually used for wholesale groceries. See Lower Third Ward District form. Three story red brick loadbearing; pilasters between double-hung windows, with transoms and stone lintels and sills. Interior walls every 24' of cream brick, wood framing. The third floor facade of one 24' bay collapsed and replaced by concrete block, which is now seriously cracked. This row of wholesale grocery commission houses was built by the Ludington Estate in 1894-95 on the site of the massive Bub and Kipp factory, which was the second building destroyed in the 3rd Ward fire. From the day these buildings opened, Commission Row has been one of the most bustling, active sites in Milwaukee. On a Friday morning in 1910, a reporter counted 145 wagons in front of these buildings at once. Horses have been replaced by trucks, and much of the city's produce market has relocated to the suburbs, but this market remains a major center of wholesale fruit and flower distribution.
Bibliographic References:Permit.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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