Waukesha in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
It served as a Post Office until 1961 when the Post Office moved to its present site at 300 E. Broadway. The semi-circular portico, supported by six fluted Doris columns, embraces half of the cylindrical lobby, which features a Corinthian colonnade and coffered dome with a stained glass skylight.
On April 22, 1963, it became Marine National Bank of Waukesha. In 1971 the First National Bank bought the building from the Marine National Bank. The First National Bank was subsequently acquired by Bank One.
Bank One sold the building to the Huelsman family in 1992. The building was used as an office building until 2001. In 2001 the Huelsman family substantially remodeled the building, restoring the interior to better reflect the original interior of the post office. At this time the Rotunda was converted to a banquet hall and has operated as such to the present.
Erected 2012 by Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum. (Marker Number 34-20.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
Location. 43° 0.66′ N, 88° 13.819′ W. Marker is in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway and Gasper Street, on the right when traveling east on West Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 235 W Broadway, Waukesha WI 53186, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waukesha Civic Theatre (WCT) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Waukesha Freeman (about 400 feet away); American Legion Home (about 500 feet away); Cohn's Shoe Store (about 700 feet away); Waukesha City - Cutler Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Courthouse Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prehistoric Indian Mound (approx. 0.2 miles away); Les Paul (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waukesha.
1. Additional History
The Rotunda building in Waukesha was built in 1913 by the federal government for use
A local architect, Oscar Wanderoth, was hired to design the new building. The structure was built using Bedford limestone, which has been used in many government buildings across the country, as well as in Washington, D.C. The style of the building is Classical Revival dominated by a semicircular portico featuring six fluted Doric columns. The dome is shallow and coffered, capped by a copper roof. In the interior, the lobby sports a colonnade of red marbled columns with gold Corinthian capitals. The interior of the rotunda is 35 feet. There is also a stained glass skylight. The post office occupied the building until 1963 when they moved to a new location on Broadway next to the YMCA.
When the post office moved, the building was bought by the Marine Bank to be used as a local branch. In 1971 the First National Bank bought the building. Subsequently, it was acquired by Bank One.
Bank One sold it to the Huelsman family in 1992. Joanne Huelsman, a state senator, used part of the building for her district office. In 2002 Bill Huelsman converted the interior into a banquet hall. Carpeting was removed revealing the original terrazzo floors. Walls were painted, chandeliers were restored, and marble columns were revitalized. The business name for this new facility
— Submitted December 28, 2012, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2012, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 641 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 10, 2012, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on August 15, 2013, by William H. Roth of Deltona, Florida. 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 10, 2012, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. 6. submitted on November 16, 2014. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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