1728 College Avenue

1728 College Avenue, built by Dr. Andrew S. Pfeiffer
Racine City Directory, 1939




Architecture and History Inventory
Historic Name: Andrew and Anna Pfeiffer House
Other Name: Jim and Jackie Moes House
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:


Location (Address): 1728 COLLEGE AVE
County: Racine
City: Racine
Year Built: 1926
Survey Date: 1980
Historic Use: house
Architectural Style: Tudor Revival
Structural System:  
Wall Material: Stone – Unspecified
Architect: D. WADE DENHAM
Other Buildings On Site:  
Demolished?: No


National/State Register Listing Name: Southside Historic District
National Register Listing Date: 10/18/1977
State Register Listing Date: 1/1/1989

South Side Historic District Walking Tour Guide: Andrew Pfeiffer was a doctor who practiced in Racine until the early 1950s at a clinic that bore his name on Washington Avenue uptown.
Bibliographic References: CONSTRUCTION DATE AND HISTORIC NAME FOUND IN “SOUTHSIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT WALKING TOUR GUIDE”. RACINE JOURNAL TIMES 9/26/1996. Racine Landmarks Preservation Commission, South Side Historic District Walking Tour Guide, 1993.


From the 1939 Racine City Directory
From the 1939 Racine City Directory
Pfeiffer Clinic at 1408 Washington Avenue

Gerald Karwowski: The Clinic was upstairs .. All the examination rooms were still unchanged the last time I was in the building.

Pfeiffer Clinic Bottle from Gerald Karwowski

Todd Wallace: Dr. Andrew Pfeiffer was treasurer of St. Luke’s Hospital in 1922.

Here are the doctor brothers Andrew and Oliver in 1927 in the article about the opening of their Pfeiffer Clinic
Dr. A. S. Pfeiffer Plans to Build a Fine Home. Racine Journal News, February 11, 1925. $30,000 in 1925 would translate to $443,100 in 2020 dollars.
There was a fire in the garage in 1931. From the Racine Journal News, September 3, 1931.
Dr. A. S. Pfeiffer helped capture a 16-foot shark in Biloxi, Mississippi. Racine Journal Times, November 1, 1935

Anthony Peterson: As you walked up the stairs to the doctors’ clinic there was a huge photo of the doctor and that shark hanging on the wall.

Dr. A. S. Pfeiffer was still in 1728 College Ave in the 1945 Racine City Directory. He had five more years to live.

Sue Causey: They had a son who died in ww2. The room in the back was for the chauffeur……they attended St Rose church. The exterior stone technique is quite labor intensive as every stone piece fits together like a puzzle.

In the 1952 Racine City Directory, the owner of the house was Paul Lyle. This makes sense because Dr. Andrew Pfeiffer died in 1950 so perhaps his widow sold the house soon after.
OK, here’s the connection to Western Publishing — Paul Lyle was the general superintendent there in 1952
As of March 8, 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beere were living at 1728 College
The Beeres had a Boy Scout in the house as of August 15, 1964
This may be an interior shot of 1728 College Avenue. This is Dr. and Mrs. Pfeiffer’s daughter-in-law and grandson, from the Racine Journal Times, March 23, 1949
Elizabeth Stalman: I had never seen a Newell post so fancy in a garage!
Elizabeth Stalman: When we first moved in….
Elizabeth Stalman: The kitchen has original terrazzo flooring which I thought was cool but needed a polish- the kitchen had been redone numerous years before with modern cabinets and black granite countertops.
Janet Carter: Recent Preservation Racine newsletters are listed here, and older ones are in the Wisconsin Digital Library link that’s also here.
This was a brief writeup in 1979. More details were in the tour booklets in both years.

Vyto Kapocius: Mom used to clean offices for the brothers. Oliver was our family doctor. On stairs was a sign, Remember Pearl Harbor. There also was a pharmacy and dentist office.

Andrew S. Pfeiffer, grave front, Calvary Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum. 1890-1950, aged 59.
Andrew S. Pfeiffer, grave back
Anne Pfeiffer, grave front. 1890-1967, aged 76.
Anne Pfeiffer, grave back

The Racine Journal Times
Thursday afternoon, September 21, 1950

Between the Lines
By Tex Reynolds

The Passing of Andy

They laid Andy to rest today. That’s what his close friends called him. More formally, he was Dr. A. S. Pfeiffer, a physician and surgeon here for 38 years.

You couldn’t call Andy a “country doctor.” Certainly he didn’t fit the picture of any old-fashioned rural practitioner who might be a bit behind the times, professionally. Andy was a skilled man. And yet he had one important attribution of those old-time doctors. He made friends of his patients. And he had a tremendous number of them. Probably no other doctor in Racine’s recent history took care of more people. He had prosperous patients in the “upper brackets.” But also, he had many “from the other side of the tracks.” On his books were scores of charity cases.

“No matter how bad you felt when you went in to see ‘Doc,’ you felt better when you came out,” is the way one of his patients put it today. “Beside what he did for you as a physician, he talked you out of a lot of your troubles.”

Not so many doctors seem to have this any more. They’re more snappy and businesslike. Perhaps this increases their over-all efficiency. But a lot of those who went to Andy will tell you that his way of handling folks is becoming a lost art to be sadly lamented.

A man of strong convictions, aside from his own profession, was Andy. These led him to take part in civic movements, like the crusade to bring the city manager form of government to Racine about 15 years ago. He put a lot of his time, and his own money, into that unsuccessful fight — not because he had anything to gain personally, but because he thought it was for the good of the town. You can’t have too many men like that in any city. Racine has deplorably few.

Andy had a son who was going to follow in his father’s footsteps. “But he’ll be a better man than I ever was,” the senior Pfeiffer used to say. And Charles, a very bright young man, showed unusual promise as he went through school and entered the medical profession. But then he joined the Army, and one winter day 1944, he lost his life in the “Battle of the Bulge.” Andy was never quite same after that. He could still crack a joke, but much of his old zest was gone, along with his physical health.

You can say it again — no city can ever have enough men like Andy, either as doctors or as citizens.

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