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Dunlap Square Building

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1890–1902; later alterations. 1821 Hall Ave.

Situated on a trapezoidal lot in the center of downtown Marinette, this is a highly textured, polychromatic example of Queen Anne commercial design. Construction took place in two phases: the rear portion in 1890 and the front in 1902. The rear section, built of lighter red brick, features a domed turret at one corner and a bracketed cast-iron cornice with a pediment on the Hall Avenue side. The false half-timbered storefront below the pediment was built between 1922 and 1935. The front facing Vine Street is flanked by turrets with conical roofs, creating a dramatic, almost fortified look that is softened by wooden sunbursts ornamenting the arched window heads. The sunbursts and the rock-faced stone corner-entrance arches add contrasting texture and color to the rough, dark-red brick walls. A saloon flourished here until Prohibition forced it to become a soda fountain. After repeal of Prohibition, the Olde Oak Tavern returned and occupied the building for years thereafter. Despite a fire in 1997, the building retains many of its historic features, including its art glass and pressed-metal ceiling panels.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Dunlap Square Building", [Marinette, 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, 324-324.

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