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Property Name Equitable Fraternal Union Building
Reference Number 15000989
State Wisconsin
County Winnebago
Town Neenah
Street Address 116 South Commercial Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/19/2016
Areas of Significance Commerce, Social History, Architecture
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000989.pdf
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The Equitable Fraternal Union Building is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, in the area of Commerce at the statewide level of significance for its association with the Equitable Reserve Association, one of the largest unaffiliated fraternal insurance companies in Wisconsin. It is also eligible under Criterion A, in the area of Social History at the local level of significance for its association with the Equitable Fraternal Union, a fraternal organization in Neenah much like the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, or the Masons. And finally, the building is eligible under Criterion C, in the area of Architecture at the local level of significance as an outstanding example of the Classic Revival style. Designed by William Waters of Oshkosh, the 1909 Equitable Fraternal Union Building is a definitive example of the style as described in Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin.

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