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Washburn Historical Museum and Cultural Center (Bank of Washburn)

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1890, Conover and Porter. 1 E. Bayfield St.
  • (Photograph by Timothy F. Heggland, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)
  • (Kristin Anderson)
  • (Kristin Anderson)
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  • (Kristin Anderson)
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Designed by the Ashland office of Conover and Porter and built by F. A. Fisher and Co., this former Richardsonian Romanesque bank is a well-crafted and well-proportioned building. Walls of locally quarried, rock-faced brownstone create a strong sense of mass and weight, accentuated by the heavy, rough-cut stringcourse that projects over the first story. Supporting this stringcourse of colossal stones are sixteen engaged brownstone columns that enclose three sides of the building and mark the corners and the window and door openings. The upper third of the column shafts are scored on a diagonal, leading the eye to foliated cushion capitals. The pair of triple-arched second-story windows further distinguishes the building.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Washburn Historical Museum and Cultural Center (Bank of Washburn)", [Washburn, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 298-298.

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