Waite Rug Place

Waite Rug Place is the evolution of an early twentieth century grass rug factory into apartments for low income elderly and disabled residents in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The Oshkosh Housing Authority engaged MartinRiley to research the history and complete documents required to place the property on the National Register of Historic Places. The property was the only remaining example of a once thriving grass rug industry in northeast Wisconsin that sold products nationwide. Once on the registry the owner utilized historic tax credits to help with the extensive work needed to change the use from a factory to a residence.
 

The original factory building previously covered four city blocks, consisting of: the original 1910 Waite Carpet Factory mill building and power house, an addition constructed in 1918, and two other buildings.

 

The building separates the industrial zone to the north from the neighborhood by creating dwellings in a single building spanning two city blocks. The buildings on the north half are slated to be indoor parking for Waite Rug Place, a two-shift daycare and a rental hall completing the transition from the neighborhood to the industrial zone while allowing the north facing apartments a more aesthetically pleasing view.