Garver Feed Mill, the abandoned former feed mill on Madison’s East Side, is now on the State Register of Historic Places.
The building was nominated for the register under criteria A, which requires that the property be “associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history,” according to the National Park Service. The state’s Historic Preservation Review Board meets on a quarterly basis to approve nominated properties based on different criteria.
This new title comes at a time when Baum Revisions, a real estate development company, is planning to renovate the building into a local artisan food production facility. By virtue of it being listed, the property is now eligible for tax credits, said State Historic Preservation Officer Jim Draeger.
The building, which was built in 1905, was originally a sugar beet processing facility. James Garver bought the building and nearby land in 1929 and established his feed mill, Draeger said.
“[Garver] was standing at a point when livestock business was being revolutionized, and all the nutritional studies being done were bearing fruit,” Draeger said.
The building was purchased by the city in 1997 and has since been left unused. However, its history as a local landmark of industrial production stands, said Kara O’Keeffe, public relations manager with the Wisconsin Historical Society.
“The factory building is the best remaining example of a pre-World War II livestock feed manufacturing plant in the city,” she said.