Putney Block

301 W. Main St., 816 and 802 Grand Ave., Waukesha, Wisconsin

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Orient Block

This was the first of the three additions that comprise the Putney Block. It was built in 1870 by Capt Foskett M. Putney. He operated the wood-framed Exchange Hotel and added the stone front Orient Block as an addition to his hotel. It operated as the New Exchange Hotel until 1879, when Capt Putney retired.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

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Description 

The Putney Block is comprised of three additions, beginning with the Orient Block (816 N. Grand Avenue) that was built in 1870 by Capt Foskett M. Putney. He operated the wood-framed Exchange Hotel and added the stone front Orient Block as an addition to his hotel. It operated as the New Exchange Hotel until 1879, when Capt Putney retired.

The second addition was built in 1882 by Frank Howell Putney, Capt. Putney's son. The second addition is located at 301 W. Main.

The third and final addition was built in 1891 at 802 N. Grand. Putney connected all three additions with a long hallway on the second level. The third addition features a corner bartizan made from metal. It features a conical roof made of slate.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 23, 1982
Reference number
82000727
Architectural styles
Victorian: Italianate; Victorian: Queen Anne; Other architectural type; High Victorian
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Department store; Professional; Meeting hall; Business
Current functions
Meeting hall; Professional; Department store; Business
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1870; 1882; 1891
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3

Tags 

19th Century (36,929)
Built 1870 (550)
Built during 1870s (4,899)
Italianate (5,079)
Meeting hall (1,493)
Private owner (54,396)
Queen Anne (5,088)
Stephen V. Shipman (1)
Stone (26,162)
Terra cotta (3,922)
Victorian (19,697)
Waukesha County, Wisconsin (160)
Waukesha, Wisconsin (67)
Wisconsin (2,553)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2011: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • August 28, 2011: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status

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