The Seedy Little Story Behind Manor Hall

If the walls could talk at Manor Hall, located at 4344 Douglas Avenue, they would probably make you blush.

Hardworking miners, weary after a day pulling stone, came to a Douglas Avenue tavern for a beer—and companionship—according to local historial Michael Michna. 

The year was 1897 and Caledonia was known as Ives Station.

Miners on the northwest corner of 3 Mile Road and Douglas Avenue, came a little bit north, to the building known as Manor Hall, 4344 Douglas Ave., after work. 

"It was the red light district," Michna said. "There was a livery stable and the quarry was in the area. This also served as a stopping point between Racine and Milwaukee and there were saloons and brothels in the area."

Christie Kern, who owns Racine Community Acupuncture, had her business in the building a few years ago.

"Well, as a matter of fact, prior to the nuns moving in, there were other women living there," Kern said. "The building's foundation says 1891, and was en route to Milwaukee, but pretty far away from town center.

"So, it was the entertainment district, or as the owner told us, a saloon with benefits upstairs. Oh, if walls could talk!"

Michna said the area didn't have a strong law enforcement presence and this area was "more like cities to themselves that were no man's land." The German Augustinians saw this as an opportunity in 1926 when St. Rita's Parish bought the building and turned the building into a convent.

Now, the property currently sits empty and is up for lease.

J Pra March 12, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Harris Metals on 3 mile and Douglas Ave. never had any miners. It was a commercial steel heat treat foundry heat treating parts for many companies like Case, Twin Disc, and John Deere. Harris Metals started on the southside of town then moved to the 3 Mile and Douglas location. The Lindberg Corp bought Harris Metals out then after a short time closed that location. I remember my father working there back in the 60s to mid 80s which he retired from.
me March 12, 2013 at 05:28 AM
The owners should turn it back into a brothel.
me March 12, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Or a Starbucks, gym, fast food, gentlemens club
Denise Lockwood March 12, 2013 at 01:17 PM
J... thanks for the info, I pulled out the Harris Metals reference.
Jeff Frievalt March 12, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Needs a hitching post for the horses.
JQCitizen March 12, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Wow, those jokes just never get old... (insert eyeroll)
patchreader 123 March 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM
D: Is it for lease or is the property under development to open as a coffee shop? The place was for sale until late last year when the for sale sign was removed. It has since then displayed an "Ives Coffee Saloon" and unlit "open sign" in the front window, while not being open for business. The trucks in the parking lot may indicate that rehab work is occurring in the building? What gives?
me March 13, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Trucks in the lot could mean an operating brothel now? Hmm..... I need to investigate this after I hit the atm. Thanks for the tip.


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