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Kenosha, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society placed the Vincent McCall Company building (Kenosha, Kenosha County) on the State Register of Historic Places.
The Vincent-McCall Company Building, constructed in 1900 and expanded through 1945, was the main headquarters and primary manufacturing facility for the Vincent-McCall Company, a prominent local spring manufacturer and metal furniture products pioneer throughout much of the 20th century. The company’s sprawling factory exemplifies the growth of Kenosha’s industrial economy, particularly as it pertained to metal spring manufacturing and furniture supplies, during the first half of the 20th century.
After first venturing into production of finished metal furniture pieces during World War II, including steel berths and bunks used by officers and enlisted men of the armed forces, Vincent-McCall expanded its operations in the post-war period by providing mattresses and upholstered goods directly to consumers while also developing its own lines of lawn furniture, steel cots, couches, and mattresses, which were unique among Kenosha manufacturers.
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.
To learn more about the State and National Register programs in Wisconsin, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.
About Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.