De Pere, Wisconsin, a neat college and river town

November 23, 2012

I had never approached Green Bay from the south, so when I rolled into De Pere, just miles south of Green Bay, frankly I was shocked, pleasantly so. Three highlights stuck with me: its location on the Fox River just before it empties into Green Bay; St. Norbert’s College, a magnificent campus; and the historic district, with its wonderful old homes. We’ll walk through each.


I wanted to show you an aerial view. De Pere is at the bottom of this aerial, you can see the Fox River, and De Pere’s proximity to Green Bay and the bay.


I was unsure of where I was, frankly. That is the Fox River, but I noticed a wonderful looking complex of some sort across the river. It turned out to be St. Norbert’s College. Note that building off to the left. I’ll zoom in on it.


Still not knowing this was St. Norbert’s college, I thought, well, it must be a very fancy Yacht Club!


Well I finally got my bearings and came across the entry to St. Norbert’s College, a highly respected Catholic liberal arts college. I had never heard of it, but let me tell you, it is among the most beautiful campuses in a really neat town I have ever seen. Let me show you a few shots. I admit, I am a sucker for this kind of beautiful red brick. I leaned toward Trinity University in San Antonio for one of my daughters because of that! That said, it was a very fine university as well.



I then decided to drive down Broadway and was impressed by the preservation of old buildings and especially the historic district of wonderful old homes.


C.A. Lawton Co. manufactures large iron castings and machined components for commercial and industrial products.


L-R, K-Sera Salon and Spa is a spa, personal ad personal care company; then Edward Jones Investments; and A’sRestaurant and Music Café.


L-R, Systems Furniture focused on organized workspace; then Carol C. Shier CPA Inc.


Turba Schroeder Photography


L-R, In The National Bank building, Brummel Architectural Group (BAG), and Out/Back Design Group, a residential group of BAG, focused on residential design and service.

As I proceeded, I entered the historic district of homes.