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Jonathan Clark House up for sale, ideas wanted for its use

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1982, the Jonathan Clark House overlooks Cedarburg and Bonniwell roads in Mequon. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

By Keith Barber

I have no doubt that residents of Mequon and Thiensville will assemble quickly to support the purchase of a rather historic building in their community.

The building is known as the Jonathan Clark House at Bonniwell and Cedarburg roads in Mequon. The fieldstone, Greek-revival style house was constructed in 1848 by Jonathan Clark, who was originally from Virginia and who helped lead the way for construction of the area’s first school.

The home had been used as a residence, and most recently a dental clinic. It is now for sale for $250,000 and is listed on the state’s historical register. Considering that the house is as old as when Wisconsin was declared a state, it is in rather good shape.

Mequon Mayor Curt Gielow, together with the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society, is fueling ideas on how to finance the purchase of this building, and is accepting ideas for reuse. The historical society is also exploring the possibility of holding educational events at the property.

The acquisition is a rare opportunity to secure and maintain a large chunk of history, and its Currier & Ives presence defines a deserving community.

Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1821.

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  1. Last February I wrote about the worthiness of restoring a landmark building in Mequon, and that the property was up for sale. Word is out that the building has been purchased and resold to the Friends of the Jonathan Clark House. Jerry McGinnis, retired founder of Embassy Homes of Mequon bought the Jonathan Clark House, and then offered an interest free loan to the Mequon group for their acquisition. A fundraising campaign has started, and contributions from McGinnis and the Sommer’s Foundation of Mequon will help with funding the loan. The Mequon Community Foundation is involved with fundraising in hopes of turning the building into a museum to highlight the history of Mequon. Other uses are also being explored. Donations of any amount are being collected. Send funds to Mequon Community Foundation, P.O. Box 52, Mequon, WI. 53092. For more information, contact Cindy Bock, chair of the Friends of Jonathan Clark House at (262) 242-5262 or cinbo108@ameritech.net

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