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Brickner Woolen Mills Apartments (Brickner Woolen Mills)

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1880; 1884, 1920 additions. 639 Monroe St.

In 1835, Silas Stedman of Massachusetts happened on the cascades of the Sheboygan River. Recognizing this as an ideal site for a sawmill, he and several land speculators founded a town at the falls. Industries soon clustered along the river to take advantage of the abundant water power. Among these was the Brickner Woolen Mills. The firm began as a custom mill for local farmers, but George Brickner, its founder, later added a mass production department. By 1900, his employees were weaving 250,000 pounds of wool annually into shawls, blankets, dress goods, and yardage.

The mill is a dour utilitarian building of cream brick, mostly three stories tall, with a monotonous rhythm of segmental-arched windows, characteristic of Victorian industrial buildings. A five-story tower with a tin-covered mansard roof makes the building more impressive. A smokestack balances the composition and reminds us of the building’s former industrial function. The Alexander Company rehabilitated it into apartments.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Brickner Woolen Mills Apartments (Brickner Woolen Mills)", [Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-SB11.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 268-269.

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