Daily Northwestern Building

224 State St., Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Four story Italian Renaissance building in the central business district



Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2017




"Sited in close proximity to the central business district, the Daily Northwestern Building shares, with neighboring buildings, a grand scale and reliance on classical precedents. Auler and Jensen, the architects of the Daily Northwestern building, drew on the vocabulary of the Italian Renaissance to structure and unify the large rectangular building. Measuring seventy by one hundred and sixty feet, the structure consists of four floors including basement and mezzanine. On the exterior this translates to two stories which are surfaced with Bedford stone and pierced by regularly aligned round headed windows on the first story and rectangular sash on the second.

"Four colossal Corinthian columns set in antis mark the main entrance facade. The entrance is centrally located and capped by an elaborate bronze screen. The remaining two units are filled by windows. Each corner of the main elevations is embellished by round headed and rectangular windows, with balconies placed on the second story. The ten Corinthian pilasters lining the north elevation determine the pattern of fenestration and support a simple entablature and cornice. A low hipped roof covered with green tile completes the composition."

Quotation from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form prepared by Dorothy Steele, Architectural Historian of HNTB, September 1, 1981. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 13, 1982
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Renaissance; Other architectural type; Neo-Italian Renaissance
Areas of significance
Architecture; Communications
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos