National Register of Historic Places listings in Kenosha County, Wisconsin

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Location of Kenosha County in Wisconsin

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. Latitude and longitude coordinates are provided for many National Register properties and districts; these locations may be seen together in a map.[1]

There are 29 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county. Another two properties were once listed but have been removed.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted November 19, 2021.[2]
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Current listings[edit]

[3] Name on the Register[4] Image Date listed[5] Location City or town Description
1 Barden Store November 12, 2020
622-628 58th St.
42°35′00″N 87°49′09″W / 42.5832°N 87.8192°W / 42.5832; -87.8192 (Barden Store)
2 Barnes Creek Site July 20, 1977
Address Restricted
Kenosha Prehistoric site occupied from Paleo-Indian to historic times. The remains of at least 5 adults have been found at the site with copper items including a tubular bead and an awl, all stained with red ochre. A slate gorget was found apart from the burials, and various points and ceramic fragments.[6]
3 Boys and Girls Library
Boys and Girls Library
October 24, 1980
5810 8th Avenue
42°34′57″N 87°49′14″W / 42.5825°N 87.8206°W / 42.5825; -87.8206 (Boys and Girls Library)
Kenosha Neogothic-style Unitarian church built in 1907. Bought by the city in 1926 to become a children's library, then reclaimed as a Unitarian church in 1993.
4 Chesrow Site
Chesrow Site
November 30, 1978
Western side of Highway 32, 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the Illinois line[7]
42°31′16″N 87°49′27″W / 42.5211°N 87.8242°W / 42.5211; -87.8242 (Chesrow Site)
Kenosha Site on a beach of Glacial Lake Chicago where ancient people heated chert cobbles to produce projectile points.[8]
5 Civic Center Historic District
Civic Center Historic District
July 26, 1989
Roughly bounded by 55th Street, 8th Avenue, 58th Street, and 10th Avenue
42°35′04″N 87°49′19″W / 42.5844°N 87.8219°W / 42.5844; -87.8219 (Civic Center Historic District)
Kenosha Group of six Neoclassical-styled public buildings around Civic Center Park.
6 Anthony and Caroline Isermann House
Anthony and Caroline Isermann House
February 25, 2004
6416 Seventh Avenue
42°34′33″N 87°49′08″W / 42.5758°N 87.8189°W / 42.5758; -87.8189 (Anthony and Caroline Isermann House)
Kenosha 1922 2-story Prairie Style house designed by Russell Barr Williamson. Anthony and his brother ran a clothing business.
7 Frank and Jane Isermann House
Frank and Jane Isermann House
February 25, 2004
6500 Seventh Avenue
42°34′33″N 87°49′08″W / 42.5758°N 87.8189°W / 42.5758; -87.8189 (Frank and Jane Isermann House)
Kenosha 1923 2-story Prairie Style house designed by Russell Barr Williamson.
8 Kemper Hall
Kemper Hall
June 7, 1976
6501 Third Avenue
42°34′35″N 87°48′50″W / 42.5764°N 87.8139°W / 42.5764; -87.8139 (Kemper Hall)
Kenosha Episcopal college complex started from Charles Durkee's 1861 Italianate-styled mansion and gradually expanded with various Gothic Revival additions.
9 Kenosha County Courthouse and Jail
Kenosha County Courthouse and Jail
March 9, 1982
912 56th Street
42°35′06″N 87°49′23″W / 42.585°N 87.8231°W / 42.585; -87.8231 (Kenosha County Courthouse and Jail)
Kenosha Neoclassical-styled courthouse built 1923 to 1925.
10 Kenosha Elks Club
Kenosha Elks Club
November 13, 2017
5706 8th Ave.
42°35′01″N 87°49′15″W / 42.5835°N 87.8207°W / 42.5835; -87.8207 (Kenosha Elks Club)
Kenosha 4-story Georgian Revival brick Elks' meeting hall designed by R. Messmer and built 1917 to 1919.
11 Kenosha Light Station
Kenosha Light Station
June 28, 1990
5117 Fourth Avenue
42°35′23″N 87°48′57″W / 42.5897°N 87.8158°W / 42.5897; -87.8158 (Kenosha Light Station)
Kenosha Lighthouse and keeper's house built in 1866 on Simmons Island, north of the channel into Kenosha's harbor.
12 Kenosha North Pierhead Light
Kenosha North Pierhead Light
June 24, 2008
North pier at Kenosha harbor entry, 0.1 mile east of Simmons Island Park
42°35′20″N 87°48′31″W / 42.5888°N 87.8086°W / 42.5888; -87.8086 (Kenosha North Pierhead Light)
Kenosha 50-foot lighthouse with cast iron walls, situated on the far end of the pier that guards the entrance to Kenosha's harbor.
13 Library Park
Library Park
June 22, 2000
711 59th Place
42°34′50″N 87°49′11″W / 42.5806°N 87.8197°W / 42.5806; -87.8197 (Library Park)
Kenosha Set aside in 1838 to be a town common, the public area has evolved into a city park "romantically" landscaped by Ossian Cole Simonds and containing a library and war memorial designed by Daniel Burnham.
14 Library Park Historic District
Library Park Historic District
November 29, 1988
Roughly bounded by 59th Street, 7th Avenue, 61st Street, and 8th Avenue
42°34′50″N 87°49′09″W / 42.5806°N 87.8192°W / 42.5806; -87.8192 (Library Park Historic District)
Kenosha Historic neighborhood surrounding Library Park, containing 42 contributing homes built from 1843 to 1930 in a variety of styles.
15 Lucas Site February 24, 1995
Address Restricted
Pleasant Prairie Another archeological site on what was the plain of Glacial Lake Chicago, which has produced heat-treated points, chipped stone, and bone fragments similar to Chesrow. Occupation could have been from 4000 to 12400 BP.[9]
16 Manor House
Manor House
October 29, 1980
6536 Third Avenue
42°34′28″N 87°48′55″W / 42.5744°N 87.8153°W / 42.5744; -87.8153 (Manor House)
Kenosha 2.5-story brick mansion with ballroom, servants' quarters, and formal garden, designed by Pond and Pond and built in 1926 for James E. Wilson, an executive of Nash Motors. Later the residence of the headmasters of Kemper Hall.[10][11]
17 John McCaffary House
John McCaffary House
January 31, 1978
5732 13th Court
42°34′56″N 87°49′35″W / 42.5822°N 87.8264°W / 42.5822; -87.8264 (John McCaffary House)
Kenosha 2-story cream brick house built in 1842. There in 1850 John MacCaffary drowned his wife Bridget in a backyard cistern. The following year he was convicted of murder. His botched hanging gave the final push toward abolition of the death penalty in Wisconsin.[12][13]
18 Rosinco
July 18, 2001
12 miles (19 km) east of Kenosha
42°37′30″N 87°38′14″W / 42.625°N 87.6372°W / 42.625; -87.6372 (Rosinco)
Lake Michigan 95-foot steel diesel-powered yacht built in 1916 by Harlan and Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware. Sank in 1928 after hitting something in the middle of the night 12 miles east of Kenosha. Now sits 195 feet below the surface.
19 John P. and Mary Runkel House March 3, 2020
33301 Geneva Rd.
42°34′47″N 88°12′48″W / 42.5796°N 88.2134°W / 42.5796; -88.2134 (John P. and Mary Runkel House)
Wheatland Cream brick-clad Italianate-style house with bay window and denticulated, bracketed cornice, built in 1878.[14]
20 St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
June 6, 1979
5900 7th Avenue
42°34′55″N 87°49′08″W / 42.5819°N 87.8189°W / 42.5819; -87.8189 (St. Matthew's Episcopal Church)
Kenosha Episcopal church designed by A.H. Ellwood in English Gothic Revival style and completed in 1879. Oldest surviving church in Kenosha.
21 Simmons Island Beach House
Simmons Island Beach House
February 20, 2003
5001 Simmons Island
42°35′27″N 87°48′51″W / 42.5908°N 87.8142°W / 42.5908; -87.8142 (Simmons Island Beach House)
Kenosha Tudor Revival structure designed by Chris Borggren, with limestone veneer and half-timbering. Built 1934-35 with help from the FERA and WPA - New Deal agencies.
22 Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library
Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library
December 17, 1974
711 59th Place
42°34′50″N 87°49′10″W / 42.5806°N 87.8194°W / 42.5806; -87.8194 (Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library)
Kenosha Fine Classical Revival-styled library with dome designed by Daniel Burnham and completed in 1900. Financed by Zalmon G. Simmons in memory of his son Gilbert.
23 Southport Beach House
Southport Beach House
January 8, 2003
7825 First Avenue
42°33′41″N 87°48′45″W / 42.5614°N 87.8125°W / 42.5614; -87.8125 (Southport Beach House)
Kenosha Public dressing rooms and ballroom along Lake Michigan, designed by Christian Borggren in an unusual assortment of styles and constructed in the late 1930s using reclaimed materials and WPA assistance.
24 Third Avenue Historic District
Third Avenue Historic District
November 1, 1988
Along Third Avenue between 61st and 66th Streets
42°34′35″N 87°48′52″W / 42.5764°N 87.8144°W / 42.5764; -87.8144 (Third Avenue Historic District)
Kenosha Kenosha's "mansion" district of the early 20th century, with large, stylish homes facing Kemper Hall and Lake Michigan.
25 Vincent-McCall Company Building
Vincent-McCall Company Building
March 26, 2018
2122 56th St.
42°35′01″N 87°50′06″W / 42.5836°N 87.8351°W / 42.5836; -87.8351 (Vincent-McCall Company Building)
Kenosha Factory that manufactured metal springs, started by the Windsor Spring Company in 1900. Later the Vincent-McCall Company expanded the factory and the product line to include mattresses, metal lawn furniture, and steel berths and bunks during WWII.[15]
26 Washington Park Clubhouse
Washington Park Clubhouse
January 23, 2003
2205 Washington Road
42°36′04″N 87°50′11″W / 42.6011°N 87.8364°W / 42.6011; -87.8364 (Washington Park Clubhouse)
Kenosha Tudor Revival-styled clubhouse for a public golf course, designed by Hugo Bothe and completed in 1936 with WPA assistance, built partly with reclaimed materials.[16][17]
27 Justin Weed House
Justin Weed House
December 3, 1974
3509 Washington Road
42°36′09″N 87°51′07″W / 42.6025°N 87.8519°W / 42.6025; -87.8519 (Justin Weed House)
Kenosha Greek Revival-styled house built by David Warren in 1848, with exterior walls carefully veneered with cobblestones laid in stripes and with brick quoins on the corners.[18][19]
28 Wehmhoff Mound (47KN15)
Wehmhoff Mound (47KN15)
November 21, 1985
Along old Highway 83 in the northwestern quarter of Section 26, Township 2 North, Range 19 East[20]
42°36′22″N 88°13′30″W / 42.6061°N 88.2250°W / 42.6061; -88.2250 (Wehmhoff Mound (47KN15))
Wheatland Lone effigy of a water spirit. The curvature of the tail is unusual in effigy mounds.[21] Photographed from a plane in 1927, it was only the second known instance of aerial photography for archaeological purposes in the U.S.[22]
29 WISCONSIN shipwreck (iron steamer)
WISCONSIN shipwreck (iron steamer)
October 7, 2009
6.5 miles (10.5 km) south-southeast of Kenosha[23]
42°31′58″N 87°42′31″W / 42.5327°N 87.7087°W / 42.5327; -87.7087 (WISCONSIN shipwreck (iron steamer))
Kenosha 204-foot iron package steamer built in 1881 - the first iron craft on the Great Lakes with a double bottom. Served as a hospital ship in WWI. Sank in a storm in October 1929.

Former listings[edit]

[3] Name on the Register Image Date listedDate removed Location City or town Description
1 Alford Park Warehouse December 31, 2002
April 21, 2014 1885 Sheridan Road
42°37′19″N 87°49′34″W / 42.6219°N 87.8261°W / 42.6219; -87.8261 (Alford Park Warehouse)
Kenosha Rustic-styled brick warehouse/gymnasium designed by Hugo Bothe and built in 1938. Destroyed in a 2012 fire.[24][25]
2 Kenosha High School
Kenosha High School
June 6, 1979
Unknown 913 57th Street
42°35′00″N 87°49′21″W / 42.5832°N 87.8226°W / 42.5832; -87.8226 (Kenosha High School)
Kenosha Monumental school building designed in Richardsonian Romanesque style by F.S. Allen and built in 1890.[26] Still listed as a contributing property of the Civic Center Historic District.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The latitude and longitude information provided in this table was derived originally from the National Register Information System, which has been found to be fairly accurate for about 99% of listings. Some locations in this table may have been corrected to current GPS standards.
  2. ^ National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions", retrieved November 19, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Numbers represent an alphabetical ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 24, 2008.
  5. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
  6. ^ David F. Overstreet; Larry Doebert; Gary W. Henschel; Phil Sander; David Wasion (1996). "Two Red Ocher Mortuary Contexts from Southeastern Wisconsin - the Henschel Site (47 SB 29), Sheboygan County and the Barnes Creek Site (47 KN 41), Kenosha County". The Wisconsin Archeologist. 77 (1): 37–40, 44–45.
  7. ^ "Development, Archaeology Collide on a Muddy Field". Milwaukee Journal 1993-04-11: B3.
  8. ^ Overstreet, David F. (1998). "Late Pleistocene Geochronology and the PaleoIndian Penetration of the Southwestern Lake Michigan Basin". The Wisconsin Archeologist. 79 (1): 34–39.
  9. ^ Overstreet. Pages 39, 47.
  10. ^ "Manor House (James E. Wilson House)". Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  11. ^ Clifton E. Peterson, M.D.; Diane H. Filipowicz (September 1979). "The Manor House". NRHP Inventory-Nomination Form. US Dept. of the Interior. National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-06-21. With one photo.
  12. ^ "McCaffary, John, House". Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  13. ^ Marlene Rockmore; David A. Donath (1976-09-29). "McCaffary, John, House". NRHP Inventory-Nomination Form. US Dept. of the Interior. National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-06-21. With one photo.
  14. ^ "John P. and Mary Runkel House". Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  15. ^ "Vincent-McCall Company Building". Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  16. ^ "Washington Park Clubhouse". Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  17. ^ Carol Lohry Cartwright (2002-09-05). "Washington Park Clubhouse". NRHP Inventory-Nomination Form. US Dept. of the Interior. National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-07-03. With 12 photos.
  18. ^ "Justin Weed House". Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  19. ^ Ellen Threinen; Charlene Engel (1974-08-15). "Weed, Justin, House". NRHP Inventory-Nomination Form. US Dept. of the Interior. National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  20. ^ Brown, Charles E. "An Airplane Photograph of an Indian Effigy Mound." The Wisconsin Archaeologist 6 (1927): 105-110.
  21. ^ Khitsun, Andrew. "Wehmhoff Mound". Wisconsin Mounds. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  22. ^ "The 1927 Aerial Photography of a Wisconsin Effigy Mound". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  23. ^ Location given in Kohl, Cris (2001). The Great Lakes Diving Guide. West Chicago, Ill.: Seawolf Communications, Inc. NRIS lists site as "address restricted".
  24. ^ "Alford Park Warehouse". Architecture and History Inventory. Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  25. ^ "Alford Park Warehouse". National or State Register. Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  26. ^ "Kenosha High School". Architecture and History Inventory. Wisconsin Historic Society. Retrieved 2018-07-03.