Contact: Kara O’Keeffe
Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the listing of the Klueter and Company Wholesale Grocery Warehouse in Madison, Dane 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 Klueter & Company Wholesale Grocery Warehouse is a striking example of the Prairie School style applied to an industrial building and further, is unique as the only warehouse of this style in Madison. The building’s strong horizontal lines are evident on the first and fifth stories of the building through the use of raised-brick banding and a soldier brick beltcourse that underscores the uppermost level. Additional horizontality is achieved through the use of successive banks of industrial windows against a flat wall surface. Finally, each of the building’s corner towers is adorned with Prairie School-influenced, geometric ornamentation executed in raised brick. The building was designed by Madison architect Alvan Small, who is one of Wisconsin’s notable architects. Indeed, the warehouse building is considered one of Small’s finest, non-residential, Prairie School style buildings.
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.