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Historic Preservation in Evansville

Evansville boasts some of Wisconsin's finest historic architecture in many different styles - including Queen Anne, Victorian, Italianate, Stick, and Greek Revival.  The Wisconsin State Historical Society has described Evansville as "the finest collection of 1840s to 1915 architecture of any small town in Wisconsin."  Re-installation of the original brick-paved Main Street is a signature revitalization project.  Many downtown business owners have undertaken major building restorations, with several projects receiving preservation awards.

Preservation Hero

This year, the commission would like to recognize those that have worked hard to preserve, maintain, and restore buildings in the historic districts. The commission reviewed applications from 2017 to 2019 and selected projects that stood out to them.  Now, you get to decide who the Preservation Hero will be! Please vote for your favorite in each of three categories by clicking on the button below or via this link: https://forms.gle/ypMtXo7ZMYqe7PyC9

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Local History Museum

The Evansville Grove Society, the local history organization, recently relocated the Baker Manufacturing Company Office Building to the North Madison Street entrance of Leonard-Leota Park.  The building has been restored to serve as the office for the society and as a local history museum and visitors center.  Recently, a vintage Baker Monitor windmill, donated by Baker Manufacturing Company, was installed at the visitors center.  Evansville’s colorful history is celebrated with revolving exhibits of community treasures and events.  From entrepreneurial inventions and early commercial enterprise to local circus lore and years of hosting the Rock County Fair, Evansville takes pride in decades of community vitality and sense of place. 

Historical Walking Tour 

A Historical and Architectural Walking Tour booklet has been prepared by the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission. The booklet easily fits in your purse or back pocket as you tour the city. Copies are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Center, and businesses throughout town.  

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Starting Wednesday November 4, 2020, al City Hall operations will be closed until staff have gone through protocols. Staff were in close contact with a positive case and we need time to complete sanitation, testing and isolation.

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