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Community Newsletter: Century Buildings ceremony celebrates National Preservation Month

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Preservation Racine

Preservation Racine Inc., a local volunteer-based organization committed to local preservation efforts, celebrates National Preservation Month with the Century Buildings Award Program on Monday, May 1, in the Great Hall of the DeKoven Center, 600 21st St. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception honoring the building owners. The awards program will follow at 7 p.m.

“This Place Matters” is the theme of National Preservation Month. It is meant to encourage people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities, and inspire a dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all our lives.

Since the program’s inception in 1988, Preservation Racine has recognized 378 buildings in the City of Racine and Racine County that are at least 100 years old and have been well cared for and maintained by their owners. We celebrate the role of history in our lives and proudly recognize the people who preserve our shared heritage through their careful attention to Racine’s historic properties. Countless places throughout our communities have played significant roles in shaping our country. This celebration enables us to shine a spotlight on some of those properties while embracing our past.

Preservation Racine is pleased to announce and is grateful that Real Racine, the organization that oversees tourism promotion and development in Racine County, will again sponsor this year’s program with their generous contribution.

This year Century Building Certificates will be presented to the owners of 11 historic buildings. Each has been carefully chosen, researched and photographed. Three of this year’s honored buildings are on North Kane Street in the Kane Street Historic District of Burlington, one in Mount Pleasant with the remainder in the city of Racine. The recipients are:

224 N. Kane St., Burlington is a Queen Anne style house built in 1903. The current owners are Kevin Rook and Kimberly McGuinness-Rook.

301 N. Kane St., Burlington is a cross-gabled Craftsman style American bungalow built in 1916. The current owner is Susan Guttschow.

125 N. Kane St., Burlington was built in 1869 in the Italianate style. The current owner is Justin Widiker.

1303 Main St., Racine is a classic Queen Anne style two-story frame house built in 1880. The current owners are Matthew D. and Kelsey L. Stegner.

2609 Washington Ave., Racine is a Craftsman style Sears’s kit home built in 1915. The present owners are Jerry and Madeline Frankenberger.

1732-1734 Park Ave., Racine is a cross-gabled Queen Anne style built c. 1907. The current owners are Alan and Carol Wallace.

1736 Park Ave., Racine is a two-story frame house in the Dutch Colonial Revival style built in 1911. The current owners are the Rev. Glen and Beverly Halbe.

346 S. Newman Road, Mount Pleasant was built in the Italianate style in 1868. Tom and Nancy Nicholson are the current owners.

216 17th St., Racine was built in the Mediterranean style about 1900. Dan and Sylvia Cunegin are the present owners.

613-619 Wisconsin Ave., Racine is a commercial structure with a Classic Revival style front c 1901. Robert Venn is the present owner.

1449 Geneva St., Racine is an Italianate style building completed by 1913 the present owners are the Faith Church of God Congregation.

Upcoming events

For more information on Preservation Racine and how you can become involved visit www.preservationracine.org. Join us at our next membership meeting which will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at Snap-on corporate headquarters in Kenosha. Join us as we learn about the history and visit the museum of this important southeastern Wisconsin manufacturer.

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