Racine in Racine County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Cream Brick Cottages / Cream Brick
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Cream Brick Cottages
Racine’s rapid and diversified industrial growth after the Civil War attracted a large working population to the city. Desiring their own homes, many workers built modest cottages of similar design in wood or brick. A high concentration of the brick cottages can be found in the Northside Historic District of Cream Brick Workers’ Cottages. Bounded by Goold, English, Chatham and Erie streets, these cottages, built between 1881 and 1913, often exhibit Italianate, Queen Anne or Colonial Revival stylistic embellishments.
Many of Racine’s historic brick buildings were made of cream brick, a local building material manufactured in the city’s brickyards from 1836 to 1914. Recognized by its pale yellow color, the city’s cream brick was molded from calcium and magnesium-rich clay deposits found along Lake Michigan’s shore. Proving to be a durable masonry product, the local brick was used in the construction of several hundred workers’ cottages.
Erected 1998 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 392.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 44.88′ N, 87° 47.079′ Click for map. Marker located in front of Racine Zoo. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2131 N. Main St, Racine WI 53402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gilbert Knapp Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Racine, Wisconsin (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jerome Increase Case / Mascot and Trademark (approx. 1.4 miles away); Joshua Glover Commemorative Marker (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Racine Harbor (approx. 1.5 miles away); Racine County Historical Museum (approx. 1.5 miles away); Engine House No. 3 (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Racine.
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