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.