Lock tender houses restored for public use

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 by

Ten of the lock sites within the Fox River system include dwellings that originally served as homes for the lock master and his family. Several projects are underway to restore these homes and are highlighted below

The Little Chute Lock Keeper House
little chute lock tender houseThanks to volunteers from The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, you can step back into the 1930s and visit a fully restored lock keeper house at the Little Chute lock. The home was constructed in 1909 on Mill Street in Little Chute, and is a 1-1/2 story, Colonial Revival style home. The home is available for overnight rentals starting May 1, 2016. For more information, please visit this link:  Little Chute Lock Tenders house.

De Pere Lock Keeper House
This restoration project evolved from a partnership between the Fox River Navigational System Authority and a group of DePere area businessmen. The result is a beautiful, refurbished structure that is leased out to a local businesses.

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More information on these historic structures:

De Pere Lock Keeper Residence
Style: Two-story with basement, Dutch Colonial Revival
Square footage: 1224 (25 x 25 x 2 approximate)
Year built: 1912-1930 period of significance
Condition: Historical
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: $3052.00
Location: Fox River at James Street, De Pere, WI 54115

Little Kaukauna (aka Little Rapids) Lock Keeper Residence
Style: 1.5 Story with basement, Dutch Colonial Revival
Square footage: 1224 (26 x 28 & 10 x 8)
Year built: 1910 (completed 1911) -1930 period of significance
Condition: Historical
Construction cost: [est $3052.00]
Location: Fox River at Mill Road,Town of Rockland, WI

Rapide Croche Lock Keeper Residence
Style: 1.5 Story Colonial revival Saltbox
Square footage: 1952 (31 x 31 x 1.5 approximate)
Year built: 1906
Condition: Historical
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: unknown
Location: Fox River at Brown County/Outagamie County Line, N2205 Lock Road, Wrightstown, WI 54180

Kaukauna Lock #1 Lock Keeper Residence
Style: Two Story, Gabled Ell (typically “T” or ‘L shape with front porch)
Square footage: 1290 (40x16x2 approximate)
Year built: 1892-1941 period of significance
Condition: Historical
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: unknown
Location: Fox River at Canal Street,Kaukauna, WI 54130

Little Chute Combined Locks Lock Keeper Residence
Style: 1.5 Store, Dutch Colonial Revival
Square footage: 1224 (26 x 28)
Year built: (1910 completed) 1915-1930 period of significance
Condition: Historical
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: unknown
Location: Sanitorium Road (Janke: 101 Sanitorium Road), Little Chute, WI 54140

Little Chute Lock #2 Lock Keeper Residence
Style: 1.5 Store, Dutch Colonial Revival
Square footage: 1224 (26 x 28)
Year built: 1909-1930 period of significance
Condition: Historical
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: unknown
Location: 220 Mill Street (Janke: 100 Monroe Street),Little Chute, WI 54140

Cedars Lock Keeper Residence
Style: 1.5 Story Dutch Colonial Revival
Square footage: 1224 (31x25x1.5 approximate)
Year built: 1927-1930 period of significance
Condition: Historical
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: $8811.25
Location: 4527 East Wisconsin Road (Janke: 1169 W. Main Street)

Appleton Lock #3 Lawe Street Lock Keeper Residence
Style: Two Story, Gabled Ell (typically “T” or ‘L shape with front porch)
Square footage: 1280 (40x16x2 approximate)
Year built: 1892-1941 period of significance
Condition: Historical
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: unknown
Location: South Lawe Street, Appleton, WI 54915

Appleton Lock #1 Olde Oneida Street Lock Keeper Residence
Style: 1.5 Story, Gabled Ell (typically “T” or ‘L shape with front porch)
Square footage: 1440 (40x30x1.5 approximate)
Year built: 1892-1941 period of significance
Condition: Historical
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: unknown
Location: 905 South Olde Oneida Street, Appleton, WI 54915

Menasha Lock Keeper Residence – Not on National Register
Style: Two Story, Side Gabled (similar to Gabled Ell with front porch)
Square footage: 1396 (30 x 34)
Year built: 1893
Condition: Poor (Not on Historic Record)
Construction: Frame
Construction cost: unknown
Location: 82 Broad Street, Menasha, WI 54952

Information taken from Cornerstone Preservation: Lawe St. House Report (Appleton Lock #3 House), National Register of Historic Places Documentation Form(s), and USACOE Inventory of Structures FY 1996

 

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