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By and for the East Side History Club, a project of the Goodman Community Center

Tearing Down Marquette School, April 1952

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on June 16, 2013

Artis Allen has given the  East Side History Club nine photographs of her brother-in-law’s company, Allen Wrecking Co. that was on Pennsylvania Ave., tearing down Marquette School in April 1952.

From 1894 until 1952 the school  stood where the Willy St. Co-op is now located (1221 Williamson Street).  When the current Marquette School was built in 1940 the old school building became an annex to MATC.  With the completion of the new vocational wing to Central High School in 1951
the old Marquette school closed for good.

The Eagles Club bought the property and built their building on the site because the old Eagles Club building was bought and torn down
for the new City-County Building downtown.  The Willy Street Co-op remodeled the Eagles Club and moved into their new store in 1999.

The pictures were taken by Wisconsin State Journal photographer John Newhouse.  Some of them accompanied an article published in the newspaper on April 5, 1952.

-Ann Waidelich

 

Alan Wrecking-1

Lynol Allen pointing to what he wants Bill Johnson, the crane operator, to do. The house behind the crane is still standing at 1244 Jenifer St. and the tall house behind the barn-like building is at 413 S. Baldwin St.

 

Crane knocking down the Marquette School building.  The man in the plaid jacket is identified in the newspaper as William Gutzmer, who lived at 1154 Jenifer St.

Crane knocking down the Marquette School building. The man in the plaid jacket is identified in the newspaper as William Gutzmer, who lived at 1154 Jenifer St.

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