Tannery Falls, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Sheboygan Falls is a strong community with a unique history. Because of this, it was selected as a participant in the pilot Wisconsin Main Street Program in 1988. Since then, they have won numerous awards for the redevelopment and preservation of their downtown, including a Great American Main Street award in 1995 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The site for this project had once been home to a Tannery, built originally in 1855, rebuilt in 1919 and finally burning down in 2007. The city of Sheboygan Falls wanted to redevelop this area, recognizing a need for downtown housing.
Our challenge for this design was to work closely with the local Historic Preservation Committee, as well as keep with the integrity of the original industrial building. This was achieved by incorporating over-sized, dark-framed double-hung windows, the use of steel balconies, and the addition of intricate brick patterns, all reminiscent of 1800’s architectural detailing.