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Rhine Center Cheese Factory (G. Horneck Cheese Factory)

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c. 1882. Less than 0.1 miles southwest of County Rd. E and County Rd. MM

Since the 1860s, Sheboygan County has been known for its cheeses. Farm families produced the first commercial cheeses, but in the late 1860s local entrepreneurs established independent factories, purchasing milk from farmers and processing it. By 1875, forty-five cheese factories operated in the county. Among the most architecturally interesting survivors is this one. The polychromatic fieldstone building has an Italianate appearance, with its pedimented parapet, bracketed cornice, tall narrow windows, dressed-stone quoins, and segmental-arched window heads. Large dormer windows along the side elevations lit the interior, where milk was first converted into curds and then into wheels of cheese.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Rhine Center Cheese Factory (G. Horneck Cheese Factory)", [Elkhart Lake, 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, 271-271.

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