HISTORIC PARKIN PLACE
Home of West 14th Restaurant (upper level) and Central Waters BrewPub (lower level)
Welcome to Parkin Place! Built in 1941 by a special Marshfield family as a dairy processing plant, this building served Marshfield until the business was sold in 1966. Some of you may remember the “Susie Bar” or “Todd Twins”; these dairy desserts were names after Susie and Todd Parkin, grandchildren of Wilbur Parkin and children of John and Clyle Parkin. In addition to being a “state of the art” ice cream facility, Wisconsin dairy politics was also a part of this building’s past. The “milk wars” fought here in Marshfield between grocery retailers and local dairy producers helped consolidate the modern dairy cooperatives we have today. The organization that John Parkin helped to start is the same organization that, today, brings us the “Got Milk?” campaign and other dairy promotional efforts.
Parkin Dairy was noted for the elegant molded ice cream desserts that were made to order and featured regularly at parties and dinners around Marshfield. Some of these original, unique molds are displayed here today because of the generous loan of the Parkin Family. Some day we may have the courage to actually try and use the mold, and provide you with a nostalgic ice cream dessert.
Nothing lasts forever, either people or buildings. After the dairy facilities were sold and closed down, the building served as a storage facility, home for a bar, shops, and an apartment. With no specific purpose, gradual deterioration occurred. In 2004, we decided to restore and revitalize the old brick structure into a modern brewpub and restaurant facility. Featuring the culinary skills of Joe and Cari Loos from West 14th and the skills of the brewmasters of Central Waters Brewing Co., we have developed a dining complex that literally has something for everyone-all under one roof. The building has been entirely renovated and upgraded to conform to community needs and modern safety codes. Accessibility to both West 14th (located upstairs) and Central Waters BrewPub is available to all ages and levels of need. Private dining areas are available for small groups of up to 45 or for more intimate groups of 8 to 10. (These areas can be reserved by calling Joe during business hours.)
Our project is a work in progress. As you look around, enjoy the mementos and faces from the past. If you recognize people-let us know. We appreciate any historical “tidbits” you may wish to share. If you have an artifact or antique that relates to Marshfield’s past or Parkin Place, we will gladly display it for everyone to enjoy. Your comments are always appreciated.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy a pint, a bite, or dinner. Appreciate the companionship of friends or family. We want your experience at our establishments to be thoroughly enjoyable and comfortably satisfying.
Joe and Cari Loos
Tom and Paula Hinke
Paul and Rita Meier
Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.