Park Street at Chicago Street (57th Street at Eighth Avenue),
Kenosha, WI 53140

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The WISCONSIN Theatre in Kenosha, Wisconsin is a forgotten, never-built dream by local furniture dealer Nicholas J. Buchman of 4729 Seventh Avenue in Kenosha, the president of the Stephan-Buchman Furniture Company on Park (57th) Street just east of the theatre’s 80-by-150-foot basement excavation. In a 1921 illustrated article, the construction cost was given as $250,000 to $300,000 and the three-story theatre building was also to house two or three stores and twelve upstairs offices. Early news articles and proposals quoted varying seating-capacity numbers; one insider construction article said the WISCONSIN would seat 1,000 patrons, another put the number at 1,500, and a local news article topped it off at 1,700 seats. Architect William H. Pruyn of 122 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago provided a handsome design with a triple-arched fa├žade. The mechanical engineer was to be H. A. Durr of 123 W. Madison St. in Chicago. When the project was canceled, the excavation was filled and aside from an architectural rendering nothing remains to mark the plans for the WISCONSIN Theatre.

Contributed by Lou Rugani
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