Ossowski Saloon and Glinski Building aka Mathias Mitchell Public Square-Main St. H.D.

Photographed March 27, 2015
Stevens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin
44.523529,-89.585467

The building is located on one-way loop Downtown Loop, at its intersection with westbound Main Street, and is now home to Grafitt's Sports Pub, located at 912 Main Street, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Wisconsin and the State Register of Historic Places.

Wisconsin Historical Society Architecture and History Inventory
916-24 Main Street, Portage County, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Historic Name: Ossowski Saloon and Glinski Building
Other Name: Point Surplus
Reference No. 72772
Year Built: 1890
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Wall Material: Brick
Architect: Bernard Kolpacki, Milwaukee
National/State Register Listing Name: Mathias Mitchell Public Square-Main St. H.D.
National Register Listing Date: 1986-08-13
State Register Listing Date: 1989-01-01

Additional Information: 
The Ossowski and Glinski building is the best example of a Queen Anne commercial building in the downtown. The building is two stories in height and constructed of brick with stone and metal details. The exterior shell of the building is of secondary importance to the profusion of elements attached to it. The corner of the building is marked by a large bartizan which is capped by a bell shaped roof. The building is located on a prominent site at the intersection of Main Street with the Public Square, the bartizan very effectively defined the corner, and originally, an entrance to the building. The building originally contained two stores, consequently another major entrance is marked at the roof line by a large cupola, supported by consoles. Additional finials, pediments and capitals enliven the roof line.

The storefront areas of the building have been remodeled, however, the original configuration is easily discerned due to the retention of brick piers which rise to support an iron lintel, decorated with paterae. The second story contains a number of rectangular windows, balanced by recessed panels. A shallow oriel projects on the west elevation. The cornice, interrupted by the previously mentioned finials, cupola and bartizan completes the design.

This building was constructed by two local Polish businessmen, Nicholas Ossowski, a saloon keeper, and Joseph Glinski, a tailor, in 1890. Of themseleves, Ossowski and Glinski, were not significant to the history of the City, but they are symbolic of the rising influence of the minority Polish ethnic community which did and still does play a significant role in the history and the furture of the community. The period of significance for this building is from 1890-1930, years in which the Polish community was developing as a major part of local society.

The Ossowski-Glinski building, architecturally significant as a representative example of a period of construction, is a fine local example of the Queen Anne commercial style. The majority of the major buildings on the Public Square display Romanesque-inspired designs. As in these structure (Johnson Store, 820-824 Main St., Kuhl Block, Main St.) the surface of the Ossowski-Glinski building is quite animated. In this instance, however, the design is compressed with less uninterrupted wall space. Juxtaposition of a variety of surfacing materials, and the use of elements which project from the surface to accent the verticality of the building, characterize the Ossowski-Glinski building and result in the Queen Anne flavor.

The building was designed by Bernard Kolpacki, a Milwaukee architect. Kolpacki, a German immigrant, arrived in Milwaukee in 1873 and began learning the building trades. Beginning in approximately 1887 he began designing buildings and was responsible for both residential and commercial structures in Milwaukee and other cities.
The foregoing content used with permission of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

See also, Stevens Point Historic Mural "Ossowski Saloon", also at this location.




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