The Cold War on Washington Avenue
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 23 Dec 2010, p. 20, 22

Wilmette Historical Museum Staff, Author
Media Type:
Item Types:
By 1950, U.S. Army planners had come to realize that they needed to know much more about the icy regions between America and the Soviet Union. In 1951 the U.S. Army set up a research on cold in an abandoned laundry, at 1215 Washington Ave., in Wilmette, half a block west of Green Bay Road. They called it SIPRE -- the Snow, Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment. (Acrynonym is pronounced "sip-ree.") The Washington Avenue building was constructed in the late 1920s, when Joseph Krauss added a third story and opened it as Krauss Cleaning and Dyeing Company in 1928. SIPRE expanded over time, opening office space in the Odd Fellows building next to Millen Hardware, and setting up a lab in Evanston, in another abandoned laundry. In 1961, however, the Army merged SIPRE with another agency and moved it into a purpose-built structure in Hanover, N. H.

Reproduction of a vintage ad for Kraus Cleaning and Dyeing Company, 1215 Washington Ave., (Wilmette Directory, 1928). Photograph of Tom Olson and his assistant, Glen Walker, at work in a SIPRE "cold room" in 1955. Photo courtesy of the Wilmette Historical Museum.

Date of Publication:
23 Dec 2010
Corporate Name(s):
Snow, Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment (SIPRE)
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.077323 Longitude: -87.710865
Copyright Statement:
Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Holder:
Sun-Times Media
Wilmette Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

1242 Wilmette Avenue
Wilmette, IL
U.S.A. Phone: 847-256-6930

Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

The Cold War on Washington Avenue