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Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co.

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Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
October 27, 2013
1. Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co. Marker
Inscription.  The nationally known Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Company was a producer of fine silver-plated dishes, ornaments, and tableware. Founded in 1869. Directed by many of Aurora's pioneer businessmen including Joseph Stolp, this company was one of the city's most prosperous for more than 40 years. The business was thriving, employing 200, but disaster struck in 1871 when the original wood frame factory building burned. Within two months construction began on a more substantial brick building at the site. The limestone and brick showroom building is at the corner of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue; to the north was the original factory. The factory was positioned next to the Stolp Island Millrace. Power for the machinery was drawn from the water running through the millrace. Electricity was installed in 1913, and the factory became one of the first west of Chicago to completely convert to power. The need for the millrace was eliminated and it closed for good in December 1913. • In 1919, Aurora Silverplate became known as Mullholland Brothers. Much of the west side of the factory was once again destroyed by fire in 1922. The operation moved to Gale
Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co. image. Click for full size.
October 27, 2013
2. Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co.
Though most of the building was destroyed in a fire, the showroom remains. Marker can be seen to the right.
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Street, where business continued until 1933. The eastern portion of the factory, which survived the fires, was incorporated into the Keystone Building, which was constructed in 1923. The Silverplate factory's rear elevation is still intact and visible from the east. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1913.
 
Location. 41° 45.434′ N, 88° 18.961′ W. Marker is in Aurora, Illinois, in Kane County. Marker is on East Downer Place near South Stolp Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aurora IL 60505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated in Memory of Our Fathers (within shouting distance of this marker); Leland Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); BPO Elk's Club Building (about 400 feet away); Aurora Hotel • Leland Hotel (about 500 feet away); Aurora Public Library (about 500 feet away); Paramount Theatre (about 500 feet away); Old Second National Bank (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aurora.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2013. This page has been viewed 760 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2013. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.

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