Court Street Commercial Historic District

Roughly bounded by Mill, Church, Haseltine, and Main Sts., Richland Center, Wisconsin

The County Seat of Richland County


Masonic Temple

Across from the auditorium, the Masonic Temple is on the far north edge of this historic district on Central Avenue.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2013




This city of 5200 is located in the center of Richland County in the Driftless Area. The Driftless Area is the unglaciated lands in the upper midwest that escaped the scouring ice than created the rich, but flat, farmlands of the upper midwest. Southwestern Wisconsin looks like someone took a piece of West Virginia and dropped it here, and Richland Center is a part of it all.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1989
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Victorian; Other architectural type; Commercial Style
Areas of significance
Commerce; Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Meeting hall; Post office
Current functions
Meeting hall; Warehouse
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 50
Non-contributing buildings: 20

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 23, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status