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8223 State Trunk Highway 57

National or State Register of Historic Places
8223 State Trunk Highway 57 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:Zahn, Albert, House / Bird's Park
Reference Number:00000492
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):8223 State Trunk Highway 57
County:Door
City/Village:
Township:Baileys Harbor
SUMMARY
Albert Zahn House/ Bird's Park
8223 State Highway 57, Town of Bailey's Harbor, Door County
Builder: Albert Zahn
Date of construction: 1924

After retiring at age sixty from a life of farming, Albert Zahn and his wife, Louise, began constructing and embellishing this unique property. Zahn hand-mixed the concrete and poured it into molds to form the eight-inch thick walls of the house. The resulting monolithic concrete walls still show the impressions of the formwork on the exterior walls. Also scattered on the property are concrete display stands and piers that displayed Zahn's artwork.

Zahn had a lifelong interest in woodcarving and was an experienced carpenter. A noted folk artist, Zahn displayed many of his bird carvings around the grounds and named the property Bird's Park, which he inscribed on a sign and placed over the entrance to the house. Other subjects included fish, deer, totem poles, and biblical characters. Albert would carve the figures and Louise would paint them in bright colors. Initially, Zahn gave away the carvings to friends or sold them to visitors for a small amount. As national interest in folk art grew, his carvings were collected and displayed in museums, including the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The house is private property. Please respect the privacy of the owners.

PROPERTY FEATURES
Period of Significance:1924-1950
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Art
Applicable Criteria:Person
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Zahn, Albert
DESIGNATIONS
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:5/11/2000 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:10/22/1999 12:00:00 AM
NUMBER OF RESOURCES WITHIN PROPERTY
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:13
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, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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