Port Washington Downtown Historic District

Roughly along N. Franklin St., from E Jackson St. to E Grand Ave., Port Washington, Wisconsin

Photos 

Looking North on Jefferson Street

That's St. Mary's in the distance.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

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Description 

Port Washington was, for about four years, the home of Leland Stanford. He practiced law here until a fire destroyed much of the city, along with Stanford's law library, papers and office. Standford moved to California where he became president of the Central Pacific and became a driving force in building the transcontinental railroad. Thanks to a large grant he made to found the school, Stanford University bears his name. Although famous in California, he was a former resident of Port Washington.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 8, 2000
Reference number
00001070
Architectural styles
Federal; Victorian: Italianate; et.al.
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Specialty store; Hotel; Financial institution
Current functions
Specialty store; Financial institution; Restaurant
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 37
Non-contributing buildings: 10

Update Log 

  • May 5, 2012: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added an interesting piece of trivia about a former resident.
  • July 3, 2011: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status
  • June 22, 2011: New photos from J.R. Manning

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