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S2119 County Highway E

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NAMES

Historic Name: Harmonia Hall

Reference Number: 09000453

PROPERTY LOCATION

Location (Address): S2119 County Highway E

County: Buffalo

City/Village: 

Township: Waumandee

SUMMARY

Harmonia Hall
S2119 County Highway E, Town of Waumande, Buffalo County
Date of Construction: 1890
Builder: Joseph Schafer

Harmonia Hall, built in 1890, was the meeting place for the members of the Harmonie Gesellschaft. These people were Freethinkers who gathered for intellectual and social purposes. The members were immigrants from Germany and Switzerland or the children of these immigrants. The hall they built was used for meetings and for entertainment and social events. The carpenter who built, and likely designed, Harmonia Hall was Joseph Schafer of Arcadia, Wisconsin.

The Waumandee Freethinkers organized as the Harmonie Gesellschaft (Society) as early as 1861. Among these organizers were John Ochsner and his brother-in-law Henry Waelty. Ochsner and Waelty were Swiss immigrants who first lived in Sauk County, the home of a large Freethinker Society. Society members met the first Sunday of each month for entertainment and for the discussion of important topics of local, political and general importance and interest. Another outgrowth of the group was the Harmonie Singing Society.

While the Harmonie Gesellschaft did not officially dissolve until the 1950s, by the 1930s its numbers had diminished and the group was again meeting in private homes rather than the hall. The Hall is currently owned by the Township and the hall and grounds are used for meetings and special events.

PROPERTY FEATURES

Period of Significance: 1890-1930

Area of Significance: Social History

Applicable Criteria: Event

Historic Use: Social: Meeting Hall

Architectural Style: Mid 19Th Century

Resource Type: Building

Architect: Schafer, Joseph

DESIGNATIONS

Historic Status: Listed in the National Register

Historic Status: Listed in the State Register

National Historic Landmark Listing Date:

National Register Listing Date: 2009-06-18

State Register Listing Date: 2009-01-16

NUMBER OF RESOURCES WITHIN PROPERTY

Number of Contributing Buildings: 1

Number of Contributing Sites: 1

Number of Contributing Structures: 0

Number of Contributing Objects: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Buildings: 4

Number of Non-Contributing Sites: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Structures: 0

Number of Non-Contributing Objects: 0

RECORD LOCATION

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

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