Renovation work on a historic Kewaunee building tells a lot of stories



By Terry Kovarik


Some stories are coming to light about the three-story, 19th-century building that long served as the home of Selner Plumbing in Kewaunee. Arthur Schiller, the president of an investment firm, and his wife bought the building to house their new offices and some upstairs apartments. They hired Tom Skubal to document the inside for possible historic designation. As Skubal began removing plaster from the wall, the building showed signs of surviving the 1898 Kewaunee fire.




More of the building’s history was revealed as Skubal and the Schillers moved to the second and third floors. They uncovered the original nob switches and wires from the first electric lighting system and the gas light fixtures replaced by electricity. The third floor showed signs of being a community destination.




While the Schiller’s move forward with renovation, a completion date is hard to determine as the historic building keeps unveiling more about its past.


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