Newly Designated National Historic District in Washburn
The City of Washburn East Third Street Historic District has been approved for inclusion in the State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places in America. The residential neighborhood includes 32 structures that encompass a variety of architectural styles. More importantly, the district captures the unique personality of Washburn. The concentration of single-family homes and duplexes have remained intact since many were built between 1915 through 1920 by the DuPont Corporation to house employees. Known locally as “DuPont Row,” the historic district becomes one of 84 nationally recognized districts in the State of Wisconsin.
The mature neighborhood’s oldest architectural style is Queen Anne. But the mixture of styles, including American Craftsman, Dutch Colonial Revival, American Foursquare, Bungalow, Prairie School and Colonial Revival, is what gives the new historic district its character. An impressive collection of Bungalow single-family houses and duplexes is the most dominant style of architecture within the district.
The process began in August of 2008, when the City of Washburn’s Historic Preservation Commission undertook a survey of historically and architecturally significant resources. This initial study identified 147 different structures within the City that had potential historic importance. A second, more intensive survey was completed in July of 2009. In addition to creating a comprehensive database of information about Washburn’s historic resources, the survey identified specific buildings that were potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in America. In addition, the East Third Street Historic District was identified as eligible. A grant from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin funded the nomination of the district in October of 2012.
Learn About Our History
(From the geological formation of Lake Superior to the first Native American settlements, from the discovery by French missionaries and fur traders to the flourishing lumbering, mining and fishing industries, our rich history is on display along the Byway. There are numerous sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America, including seven shipwrecks. Numerous local museums and historical societies serve as stewards to the natural, cultural and architectural history that is a permanent part of the ebb and flow of life along the Byway. Come see, learn and experience the past through your own eyes.
A great place to start your visit to learn about the area is the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center - friendly staff, interactive exhibits, historical archives, walking trails, a 5-story observation tower and gift shop open 7 days/week.
National Register of Historic Places Sites
City of Bayfield Bayfield Historic District Christ Episcopal Church Booth Cooperage Frank Boutin Jr. House (Rittenhouse Inn) Old Bayfield County Courthouse (Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center) www.nps.gov/apis
City of Washburn Bank of Washburn (Washburn Cultural Center and Museum) Washburn Carnegie Library Bayfield County Courthouse
Herbster Herbster Community Center
Town of Bayfield Bayfield Fish Hatchery
For information on all of these sites, visit the National Register of Historic Places in America website.