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2392 County Trunk Highway F

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Historic Name: Bailey's Harbor Town Hall / Mc Ardle Library

Reference Number: 00000408


Location (Address): 2392 County Trunk Highway F

County: Door


Township: Baileys Harbor


Baileys Harbor Town Hall and McArdle Library
2392 County Trunk Highway F, Baileys Harbor, Door County
Architect: Sylvester J. Schmitt
Date of Construction: 1937-38/1995

The Baileys Harbor Town Hall and McArdle Library reflects both the growth of local government services and the proliferation of libraries in small towns in the early 20th century. The multi-use building is the largest public building in the community, housing town offices, the public library and a large auditorium space used for entertainment, athletics, family functions, and various summer activities. Living quarters were also provided in the upper story for the building's caretaker.

Despite the lingering economic depression, local initiatives successfully funded construction of the town hall and library. Michael W. McArdle, a successful Chicago industrialist, originally from Baileys Harbor, gave a large donation to the project. The remainder of funding came from the federal WPA work relief program.

Sylvester J. Schmitt, an architect from Two Rivers, Wisconsin, received the commission to design the structure. WPA funded architects commonly used the Colonial Revival design, due to its symbolic expression of nationalism, providing an image of security and stability during a tumultuous time. McArdle insisted on the locally quarried limestone exterior, but coincidentally reflected the WPA's emphasis on local labor-intensive construction materials. The building's colonial embellishments include a stepped parapet with stone coping and an octagonal tower with louvered openings, and a conical roof topped with a weathervane. Other accents include a denticulated cornice, flat arches with a central keystone and oculus windows. On each end of the fa├žade, separate entrances demarcate the library and the town hall functions. A 1995 addition was made to expand library space, designed to blend with the original structure.

The town hall/library is still in operation and is open during regular hours.


Period of Significance: 1937-1938

Area of Significance: Architecture

Area of Significance: Education

Area of Significance: Politics/Government

Applicable Criteria: Architecture/Engineering

Applicable Criteria: Event

Historic Use: Education: Library

Historic Use: Government: City Hall

Architectural Style: Colonial Revival

Resource Type: Building

Architect: Schmitt, Sylvester J.


Historic Status: Listed in the National Register

Historic Status: Listed in the State Register

National Historic Landmark Listing Date:

National Register Listing Date: 2000-04-21

State Register Listing Date: 1999-10-22


Number of Contributing Buildings: 1

Number of Contributing Sites: 0

Number of Contributing Structures: 0

Number of Contributing Objects: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Buildings: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Sites: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Structures: 2

Number of Non-Contributing Objects: 3


National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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