Port Washington Downtown Historic District

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


Looking North on Jefferson Street

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

Photo taken by J.R. Manning




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 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 8, 2000
Reference number
Architectural styles
Federal; Victorian: Italianate; et.al.
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
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