Herbster Community Center - Herbster, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 46° 49.876 W 091° 15.776
15T E 632475 N 5187878
Quick Description: This gymnasium that was built by the WPA in 1939.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 10/12/2013 3:36:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ8YM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
This gymnasium that was built by the WPA in 1939. An historical marker tells more of the story:

When the community sought funding for a new gymnasium and town hall, they looked to the Work Progress Administration, a depression-era program, which utilized local materials and labor to create jobs for unemployed workers. Architect Roland C. Buck of Superior designed the building in the Rustic Style, a style popular in the north woods because its log construction evoked nostalgia for pioneer and early logging history.

The Federal government granted approval for the project on May 13, 1939, and work was completed in the spring of 1940 at the cost of $30,000. The community has preserved “The Gym” for its continued use as a public gathering place and town hall. Today, the center is recognized as one of the most impressive WPA projects in northern Wisconsin and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.
Street address:
Lenawee Rd.
Herbster, WI Bayfield

County / Borough / Parish: Bayfield County

Year listed: 1997

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Education, Government

Current function: Government, Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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