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Raddant Millinery


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Raddant Millinery
144 South Main Street
Shawano, Wisconsin

In the late 1800’s women’s hats were all the rage!  If you were a woman living in Shawano County, the place to go for your hats was Raddant Millinery which specialized in ladies hats.  The store was located at 144 S. Main St. in Shawano. The latest business that called this address home was Hal’s Hallmark.  Previously, it was Heinz Drug store.

From the 1999 National Register of Historic Places Registration application:

This building’s odd, off-center facade stems from the fact that it is a pre-1894 wood frame building veneered between 1901 and 1907. The facade has a simple, brick, corbeled cornice, a single band of decorative, vine-like terra cotta inlay across the upper reaches of the facade, and a set of four evenly-spaced, slightly protruding blocks above the second floor, which appear to be anchors for the wall’s veneer. The building’s three second-story windows each have stone lintels that extend slightly beyond the window space; the panes themselves are not original but from the historic period, and are protected by external storm units. Each window is accompanied by non-historic shutters and window boxes. There is no evidence of a historic storefront cornice; the historic absence of this feature may stem from its early construction or its historic veneer. The storefront is entirely altered.