Myers, Peter, Pork Packing Plant and Willard Coleman Building - Janesville, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 42° 41.055 W 089° 01.440
16T E 334182 N 4727738
Quick Description: This building was constructed by Peter Myers on March 19, 1851. He used it for his Pork Packing Plant for many years. It is located at 117-123 N Main St in Janesville, WI.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 10/22/2007 7:17:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM2EZC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 23

Long Description:

This building was constructed by Peter Myers on March 19, 1851. He used it for his Pork Packing Plant for many years. It is located at 117-123 N Main St in Janesville, WI.

From the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection:
"These buildings contained the pork packing business established and operated by Peter Myers. Myers (1819-1888) was born in France and learned the trade of a butcher in the United States as a young man. In 1845 he arrived in Janesville. His first business was a meat market, but he soon turned to pork packing. He acquired considerable wealth at this enterprise, and built a number of other commercial buildings including the Myers Hotel, the Myers Opera House, the Myers Armory Block, the Galbraith Stables, and the Young America Block. Myers was also an investor in a number of early firms in the city, including the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, the Rock County National Bank, two railroads, and the Janesville Cotton Mills.

The facade of 119-121 is treated very simply, while 123 has more elaborate brickwork at the window arches and cornice. The first story retains its cast-iron columns.

By 1870, the first floor of the block was subdivided. The pork packing plant continued in operation, but a gas steam fitter's shop occupied 119."

Street address:
117-123 N Main St
Janesville, WI USA
53545


County / Borough / Parish: Rock

Year listed: 1983

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event: Style: Italianate

Periods of significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924

Historic function: Agriculture/Subsistence: Processing

Current function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic: Business, Restaurant, Single Dwelling

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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