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Van Ells Drugstore

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1903, Julius Leiser and Charles Holst. 2654 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

Henry van Ells, a Dutch immigrant druggist, plied his trade in a building that is a charming evocation of the Renaissance Revival style of the Low Countries. The stepped front gable finished with flamboyant scrollwork is the style’s principal hallmark. Some have said that van Ells’s storefront was patterned after the famous Butchers’ Hall built in 1603 in Haarlem, Holland, though Leiser and Holst may have found inspiration in countless other Dutch or Flemish buildings. The structure housed the pharmacy until 1979.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Van Ells Drugstore", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 124-124.

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