December 21, 2016, Appleton Post-Crescent
Carl Koch was an immigrant from Bavaria who came to Menasha in 1855. He initially had a photography business but later opened a dry goods store in this building, constructed in 1882. It was the first commercial building in Menasha's downtown district, preceding the later Planner's Block in 1884 and the Scott Building in 1885, though it did not receive the accolades those two structures received. It is thought that its location, away from the more populated Main Street area had some role in this. Koch had his store on one side, the other side was a tavern. Upstairs, Koch lived with his family on one side and rented out the rest of the floor. The building is of significant architecturally as a great example of late nineteenth century design and construction. Its decor includes Queen Anne, Second Empire, and late Victorian Gothic features.