STRONG BONES. RICH HISTORY.
The Wagner House, is located in the historic Wagner Print Building, a three-story industrial warehouse in downtown Freeport, IL.
The building was built in 1903 and was one of the first buildings that had electricity in Freeport. Established in 1853, incorporated March 9, 1912.... the Wagner Building was home to the German born Wagner Family who like Freeport, both have a long and interesting history. Wilhelm Wagner the founder of the Wagner Printing Company published and printed the first edition of the DEUTSCHER ANZEIGER newspaper in 1858. This prosperous German newspaper had a great reputation for promoting loyalty, fidelity and good citizenship among its German readers. The Deuscher Anzeiger covered the Lincoln-Douglas debate and many other historically notable events, which were printed on a hand press and type Wilhelm bought from a defunct Galena paper.
The Wagner House also served as an industrial manufacturing spot for textiles & fashion. Micro Switch started in the front office of the second floor. For four generations the business did not change hands and the present Wagner company pledged to continue the record of the quality printing and letterpress for years to come and are still in business today. The Wagner building was sold in 2013 to Bill and Stacy Green with 218 Properties to redevelop and re-imagine it, creating a wine bar, business incubator and beautiful event space.