Old Main Street Historic District

Roughly bounded by Second St., Lake Ave., Fifth St., and Wisconsin Ave., Racine, Wisconsin

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Louis Morgensen-William Rowan Building

1. GENERAL VIEW TO WEST NORTHWEST. SUBJECT PROPERTY AND ITS SETTING.

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

The Louis Morgensen-William Rowan Building is eligible for HABS recordation and is significant because it contributes to the Old Main Historic District, a National Register of Historic Places historic district, under National Register criteria A and C. It contributes to this historic district under criterion A because throughout the history of the building, its two storefronts housed commercial businesses that were part of the historic commercial activity in this district that is considered the historic commercial center of the city of Racine. The building contributes to the district under criterion C because its early twentieth century front is a simple and typical example of Twentieth Century Commercial architecture. The building also contributes to the district architecturally because it is a part of and a continuation of the visual streetscapes of Racine's historic commercial center. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS WI-315)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 11, 1987
Reference number
87000491
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Victorian: Italianate; Victorian commercial
Areas of significance
Architecture; Commerce
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event; B - Person
Property type
District
Historic functions
Fire station; Multiple dwelling
Current functions
Multiple dwelling; Fire station
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1825-1849
Significant years
1847; 1929; 1940
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 73
Non-contributing buildings: 14

Tags 

19th Century (36,896)
Brick (42,460)
Built 1847 (224)
Built during 1840s (2,953)
District (10,317)
Historic American Buildings Survey (1,238)
Italianate (5,079)
Racine County, Wisconsin (60)
Racine, Wisconsin (39)
Stone (26,162)
Victorian (19,697)
Wisconsin (2,552)

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