Taylor Orphan Asylum | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society


Taylor Orphan Asylum

Taylor Orphan Asylum | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
The Taylor Orphan Asylum, view from the rear. Children are playing on the lawn in front.
The Taylor Orphan Asylum, view from the rear. Children are playing on the lawn in front.
Image ID:39992
Creation Date:circa 1890
Creator Name:Unknown
Collection Name:Place File*
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PF Racine.148
Original Dimensions:7 x 4 inches
The building was designed by Heard and Blythe of Cleveland, Ohio for $525. Excerpts from a New York Times article, 17 Aug 1868, taken from the Milwaukee Sentinel: "Isaac Taylor, the founder of the Asylum, was born in England in 1810 and died in Racine on the 13th of November, 1865. He was an orphan at an early age...He arrived [in the U.S.] in 1828...he owned the largest livery stable in Cleveland...In 184? he removed to Racine and was engaged in business both there and in Chicago until the time of his death...he left a fortune amounting to over $400,000 ...[including a bequest] to build and endow Orphan Asylum of Racine...When the building is completed and furnished ready for use, the entire establishment and farm will have cost about $60,000 [the equivalent of almost $800,000 in 2009], and there will be [an endowment] of $125,000 [almost $2 million in 2009]." The cornerstone was dedicated on 13 Aug 1868. Excerpts from a 15 Dec 1922 article in the Kewaunee Press: "Mr. Taylor spent his childhood in an orphanage in England...It is no doubt his own experience that made his heart go out for homeless children and to make possible the establishment which should be a real home...During its half century existence the home has cared for nearly 500 children, among them being some who have become prominent in their respective communities and who are splendid examples of the training of the home and of the fundamental principles on which it is run." Excerpt from a 15 July 1933 article in the Racine Journal Times: "Taylor Orphan Home...will be the scene of special observances celebrating the 65th anniversary of its founding in the name of the Isaac Taylors, and the yearly home-coming of its former children. Combined with these special events will be a third, the unveiling of a memorial tablet in the chapel of the home, in tribute to the late Nellie Jane Wright, who died last January after spending 60 years in the home."
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