126 East Main - 138 East Main Street (north side)
126 East Main Street (Andrew Thompson & Co. Furniture Store)
128 East Main Street (Thomas Ayen/Otto Olson Restaurant & Bakery)
128 East Main Street
This commercial vernacular building was erected by and for contractor Thomas Ayen in 1905. It is constructed of rock-faced concrete blocks, has a pressed metal cornice, and retains its original, or an early, storefront. The first tenants are unknown, but in 1911, Otto Olson opened a restaurant and bakery in the building. Olson previously had been the butter maker at the Mt. Horeb Co-operative Creamery. Olso operated the restaurant until he retired in 1943, his family continued the business until 1957. In the late 1970's Doug Goble bought the business, and changed the name of the restaurant to "Goble's." Jerry Thompson and Jerry Schubert bought the business in 1980, and Jerry and Judy Schubert have owned it, and operated it as "Schubert's," since 1986. The second floor housed an apartment, a banquet/meeting room, and in 1935, Walter Hopkins' barber shop. There was a buiding on this site prior to the existing one. From 1887 until circa 1900, this housed G.G. Mandt's paint shop, and was the site where he published the Dane County Sun, a weekly newspaper. It then housed Burchell's restaurant until 1905 (Mt. Horeb Presettlement to 1986, p.21). This property was owned by Thomas Ayen from 1904 until 1910, by Thomas Lingard from 1910 until 1914, by Otto Olson and the Olson family from 1915 until 1957, by Bert Frederickson from 1957 until at least 1975. Douglas and Nancy Goble owned the building during the late 1970's, selling to Bertson Associates (Jerry Thompson and Jerry Schubert) in 1980. The current owners, Jerry and Judy Schubert, have owned the property since 1986 (Village of Mt. Horeb Tax Rools). The Ayen Building/Olson Restaurant is individually eligible for designation as a Mt. Horeb Historic Site; it is also a contributing element in the potential National Register Main Street Historic District, and the potential locally-designated Main Street Historic District.
132 East Main Street (Strand Theater)
138 East Main Street (Mt. Horeb Bank II/Municipal building)