The State of Wisconsin Historical Society has added the former Horicon State Bank to the State Register of Historical Places.
After achieving this award, Horicon Bank is now eligible to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places when the Wisconsin Historical Society presents their nomination to the Department of the Interior.
Horicon Bank’s nomination was submitted two years ago by Legacy Architecture of Sheboygan. The Wisconsin Historical Society considered the buildings’ merit under the categories of both history and architecture.
The building was designed by a notable Milwaukee architect, Herman Buemming. The president of Horicon “State” Bank at the time was A.W. Wilcox.
On August 18, their vision was rewarded by the State Historical Society Board who voted to approve the nomination.
“We wanted to pursue being added to the State Register because our original building and architecture were worthy of being recognized,” explained Vice President of Communication Fred Schwertfeger.
Throughout more than 100 years of the building’s history, it has undergone a few changes. Even the bank’s name has been modernized to Horicon Bank.
Most recently, the bank has been working to restore much of the original architecture in the lobby and on the outside of the building – even celebrating that architecture and history with a street party and bank tours in 2015.
It is only the second building in Horicon to qualify for the award. The other building was the home of the bank founder, Daniel Van Brunt.
“We think being added to the State Register of Historical Places really honors our past and the vision of the men who built the bank many years ago,” said Schwertfeger.
This article was originally published by the Fond du Lac Reporter.