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Growing Community

From 1850 to the end of the century, numerous small communities were expanding in Wisconsin due to the influx of immigrants. Our Growing Community area depicts some of the trades that were found in Green Bay during the last half of the 19th century. Take a closer look at the past as you stroll through town.


Moravian Church

In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love. The corner stone of this church was laid in October, 1850. The church was originally located in downtown Green Bay. Set for demolition, it was instead moved to Heritage Hill in 1980 and re-dedicated on October 10, 1981. The Moravian church is the oldest standing church in Green Bay, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date: 1850-185
  • Original Location Moravian St. Downtown Green Bay
  • Moved to Heritage Hill 1980
  • Construction Style Timber Framed Greek Revival

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Franklin Hose Company

The Franklin Hose Company No. 3 was built in 1887 and located on the corner of Main and Irwin St. The current building is actually the second building erected at this site for the purpose of a volunteer fire department. The Franklin Hose Company disbanded in 1891.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date: 1887
  • Original Owner: Franklin Volunteer Fire Department
  • Original Location: Corner of Main and Irwin
  • Moved to Heritage Hill in 1975
  • Construction Style: Wood Frame

YMCA Library

The YMCA Library was built in 1873, with money solicited by Reverend William Curtis and constructed as a boys’ club. Mrs. Caroline Tank, an earlier champion of the community, donated $1200.00 towards the construction of the building. The side wing was added in 1893.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date: 1873
  • Original Location: 810 South Jefferson Street
  • Moved to Heritage Hill in 1977
  • Construction Style: Wood Framed With Brick Veneer

The Print Shop

The Print Shop  demonstrates the art of printing. It is modeled after the original De Pere News that was started in De Pere in 1871. While the building is replica all of the printing equipment used is original  to the latter half of the 19th century.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date: 1976 (reproductio)
  • Construction Style: Wood Frame

Blacksmith Shop

The Blacksmith Shop was built by Henry M. DeWitt and used as a working blacksmith for many years. It originally stood on the corner of Danz and University. Mr. DeWitt focused on ornamental blacksmithing, instead of industrial blacksmithing like crafting horse shoes.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date: 1897
  • Original Owner: DeWitt Family
  • Original Location: Corner of Danz and University
  • Moved to Heritage Hill in 1976
  • Construction Style: Wood Frame

Baird Law Office

This building was constructed in 1835 by Samuel Beall at the corner of Main and Monroe Streets and used as a land office and Beall’s residence. Henry Baird bought the property in 1841 and converted it to his law office. Because of its small stature, it was moved several times before finding its home at Heritage Hill in 1975. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date: 1835
  • Original Owner: Samuel Beall, then Henry Baird
  • Original Location: Corner of Main and Monroe
  • Moved to Heritage Hill in 1975
  • Construction Style: Greek Revival

Allouez Town Hall

The Allouez Town Hall was built in 1912 and stood a few blocks down from Heritage Hill at 2143 South Webster Ave. It was moved to Heritage Hill in 1977, where it underwent a careful and detailed restoration. Its construction is one of simple frame with a gabled roof, typical of early 20th century municipal buildings.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date: 1912
  • Original Owner: Allouez
  • Original Location: 2143 South Webster Avenue
  • Moved to Heritage Hill in 1977
  • Construction Style: Wood Framed with Gable Roof

Tank Cottage

Tank Cottage was built around 1803 by Joseph Roy as a fur trader’s cabin. It was located on the west bank of the Fox River. In 1850 Otto Tank bought the building and added both wings to the house. Caroline, an early founder of Green Bay and wife of Otto, lived in the house until her death in 1891. Tank Cottage ownership changed many times after Caroline’s death, but was mainly preserved as a museum. In 1975, in disrepair, it was saved by Heritage Hill and floated down the river to its new home. Tank Cottage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date Circa 1800
  • Original Owner Joseph Roi, Jacques Porlier, then Otto and Caroline Tank
  • Original Location On the Fox River at 8th Street
  • Moved to Heritage Hill in 1976
  • Construction Style Piece’ sur piece’ en coulisse (Piece on piece in slide)

The Victorian Bandstand

Also known as the Victorian Gazebo. The Victorian Bandstand was donated in 1982 by Frederick and Patricia Baer. It was constructed by a local architecture firm, with careful attention to the design of classic bandstands of this era.

Key Facts:

  • Original Build Date: 1982 (reproduction)
  • Construction Style Victorian

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