Historic District Downtown Building Inventory
The Wenning Building (Site ID 35)
Constructed by Herman Wenning shortly after the 1900 fire, the building was occupied by a restaurant and bakery for many years. Wenning sold the business to S.L. Nickleson circa 1912 who continued its use as a bakery and cafe. The Villa Cafe and Sanitary Bakery were occupants of the building prior to 1945.
At that time, Al Obenland purchased the building and remodeled the front for his appliance and furniture store. Obenland installed a new storefront with glass blocks around the front entrance. The business was sold in 1968. At the time of the historic nomination, Home Mart occupied the building. Following Home Mart, the building has contained a thrift shop and cafe and a printing company. As of 2020, the eastern portion has a thrift shop and the western section is used as a meeting area for a local Christian youth group.
A parking lot associated with the U.S. Post Office is west of the building.
Description and much of the Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates
In July, 1924, the owners of The Sanitary Market were ready to move on.
October, 1969, and you needed a heater
From October, 1970, Everyone needed a good sleep.
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