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Explore Historic Washington Avenue in Oshkosh, Wis.

Travel back to the early 1900s and immerse yourself in the stories of the Washington Avenue Neoclassical Historic District. The six buildings on this tour are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and represent a revival of Greek and Roman architecture during the time period.

  • 1.

    Oshkosh in 1900

    Oshkosh in 1900

    Late 19th-century Oshkosh was a place of unlimited possibilities.

  • 2.

    Oshkosh Public Library

    Oshkosh Public Library

    Iconic lions, Sawyer and Harris, proudly guard one of the city's most beloved institutions.

  • 3.

    Fraternal Reserve Association

    Fraternal Reserve Association

    Constructed in 1914, this building is now known as Washington Place Historical Flats.

  • 4.

    Goettmann Printing Company

    Goettmann Printing Company

    Goettmann Printing Company opened its doors for business at this location in Oct., 1924.

  • 5.

    Oshkosh Masonic Center

    Oshkosh Masonic Center

    The cornerstone of this magnificent building was laid in 1924 and construction was completed in 1926.

  • 6.

    Wisconsin National Life Insurance Building

    Wisconsin National Life Insurance Building

    Built in 1925, the building features Corinthian columns and elaborate detailing.

  • 7.

    U.S.Post Office & Federal Building

    U.S.Post Office & Federal Building

    Opened for business in 1931, this stately building is now known as the Oshkosh Office Center.

  • 8.

    William Waters Plaza

    William Waters Plaza

    Named after Oshkosh's famous architect, the plaza is a vibrant gathering spot for our community.

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