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506-508 E WILSON ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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506-508 E WILSON ST

Architecture and History Inventory
506-508 E WILSON ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Herman Klueter Building
Other Name:Emily's / Cheri's Back East
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:100018
Location (Address):506-508 E WILSON ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1871
Additions: 1891
Survey Date:19822019
Historic Use:grocery
Architectural Style:Italianate
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: East Wilson Street Historic District
National Register Listing Date:4/3/1986
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
Additional Information:City of Madison, Wisconsin Underrepresented Communities Historic Resource Survey Report:

There were numerous gay bars and gay-friendly establishments in Madison in the 1960s and 1970s. However, there were very few that catered specifically to lesbians. Emily’s, a lesbian bar, operated at 506 East Wilson Street from 1983 and 1984. 506 East Wilson Street was built for Herman Kleuter and completed 1871. An addition was added in 1891. Emily’s was opened by women who “saw a need for a women’s place after Lysistrata, a lesbian/feminist restaurant at 325 W. Gorham Street, burned down.” After Emily’s closed, another lesbian bar, Cheri’s Back East, operated here from 1984 until 1990. Cheri’s hosted drag shows to benefit the Madison AIDS Support Network and the Gay Theater Project.
Bibliographic References:
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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