New Richmond, St. Croix County, WI. – The Wisconsin Historical Society announces the listing of the New Richmond Commercial Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 2022. The district encompasses approximately four blocks of South Knowles Avenue.

The New Richmond Commercial Historic District represents the development of a concentrated commercial area from the 1890s to the 1970s. Much of construction took place during a period of rapid renewal following a tornado that destroyed much of the city, including the commercial core, in 1899. The district features a series of contiguous blocks of masonry buildings and remains the city’s principal commercial zone.

The district is locally significant for architecture with simple commercial storefronts found across the state from the turn-of-the-twentieth century. Many share a common architectural language, while others have stylistic characteristics as examples of a specific architectural style including Neo-Classical Revival and Wrightian.

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