Kara O’Keeffe
Horicon, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society placed the Horicon State Bank (Horicon, Dodge County) on the State Register of Historic Places on August 18, 2017.
The Horicon State Bank is a fine Classical Revival style commercial building of brick and stone and having a prominent arched main entrance.  The Classical Revival style is differentiated by its monumentality, and typically having elaborate details with precedents in classical architecture.  The Horicon State Bank building was constructed in 1915 as the new home of the bank, which had been established in 1896.  Designed by the architect Herman W. Buemming of Milwaukee, the bank was promoted as the grandest and most expensive commercial building in Horicon when it was built.  The bank has been closely involved with daily life in Horicon since it was constructed, being the primary financial institution for the community and featuring some of the city’s leading public figures among its presidents.  The bank has undergone a series of renovations, additions, and restorations during its history to align with current banking practices and offer modern amenities, though none of these has significantly detracted from the building’s integrity or character. The Horicon State Bank has been in continuous operation and continues to serve the community.
The State Register is Wisconsin’s official list of state properties determined to be significant to Wisconsin’s heritage. The State Historic Preservation Office at the Wisconsin Historical Society administers both the State Register and National Register in Wisconsin.
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