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Vintage Venues: Mead-Witter Block now under new ownership

Iconic downtown Wisconsin Rapids building has a 90-year history tied to paper industry families

8:34 PM, Feb. 12, 2014  |  Comments
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Mead-Witter Block

Address: 200 block of West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids

Built: 1924-25

Size: About 40,000 square feet, on two floors, plus a basement

Original use: Retail storefronts and office building

Ownership history: Consolidated Papers Inc.; Stora Enso North America from 2000 to 2004; Gary and Judy Rosencrans from 2004 to 2014; Andy Nelson from 2014 to present

Brief history of property: Started as project of Consolidated Papers Executive George W. Mead I and his brother-in-law Issac P. Witter, the building was constructed in about 1924-25 and served as home for numerous retail stops and office spaces, including a bakery, several restaurants, a variety story and law offices during its 90-year history. Rosencrans bought the building from Stora Enso North America in 2004, about the same time the papermaker sold off one of its other iconic properties, Hotel Mead. Andy Nelson recently bought the building.

Fun fact: New owner Andy Nelson, who owns Andy's Bar & Grille, previously served on the Wisconsin Rapids City Council and ran for mayor in 2012 in a four-man race against now-incumbent Mayor Zach Vruwink, who owns ZAXX Technology Specialists, which is one of about a dozen tenants in the building.

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