Nathaniel Frank Building (1881) (5)

 © Photographed May 3, 2017
Erected by Omro Area Historical Society
Omro, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44.039742,-88.744439
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Nathaniel Frank Building     1881
103 E. Main Street
This excellent Italianate-style cream brick commercial building replaced a two-story frame building built by Frank in 18587, which was destroyed by fire early in 1881. The first story originally contained two stores: a combination grocery / boots and shore store in the corner space and an adjacent millinery store. The taller second story was given over entirely to a large meeting hall known as "Frank's Hall", that served as an early home for the Modern Woodmen of America, the Royal Neighbors of America, and other organizations. The building is in the Omro Downtown Historic District.

"Squire" Nathaniel Frank was one of Omro's early pioneers, having arrived by steamer in 1850. Frank was responsible for dredging out the south channel of the river with a team of oxen, when he then spanned with the village's first bridge. Together with Chauncey Bigelow, he was also responsible for starting Omro's first store in a building just north of this one.
The Nathaniel Frank Building and marker are located on on westbound West Main Street / Wisconsin Highway 21, at its intersection with South Webster Avenue / County Highway F, at 103 East Main Street, Omro, Wisconsin 54963.

The plaque is affixed to the facade, to the left of the "Open" sign.


Photographed September 22, 2014

I had lunch at La Playita Restaurant the day of my September 2014 visit.
The food was pretty good . . .

 The Nathaniel Frank Building is located in Omro, Wisconsin.

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