Wisconsin Historical Society: The Horicon State Bank listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Contact: Jim Draeger

Horicon, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the listing of the Horicon State Bank in the city of Horicon, Dodge County, in the National Register of Historic Places. National Register designation provides access to certain benefits, including qualification for grants and for rehabilitation income tax credits, while it does not restrict private property owners in the use of their property.

The Horicon State Bank is a fine Classical Revival style bank building, identifiable in the community by its stately facade of brick and stone and its prominent, arched main entrance.  The Classical Revival style is recognizable 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 to offer modern amenities, though none of these has significantly detracted from the building’s historic design.   The Horicon State Bank has been in continuous operation for over 120 years and continues to serve the community.

The register is the official national list of historic properties in America deemed worthy of preservation and is maintained by the National Park Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wisconsin Historical Society administers the program within Wisconsin. It includes sites, buildings, structures, objects and districts that are significant in national, state or local history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.

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 wisconsinhistory.org.