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2130 N. Main St.

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Historic Name:Hazel Green Town Hall
Reference Number:88003231
Location (Address):2130 N. Main St.
City/Village:Hazel Green
Hazel Green Town Hall
2130 North Main Street, Hazel Green, Grant County
Builder/Designer: William A. Hocking
Date of Construction: 1891

Back in the day when all entertainment was live, even the smallest communities had some sort of building where theatrical and musical events could take place. An example is the small, clapboard-clad Hazel Green Town Hall. Although simple in design, the Hall is an intact example of a late Victorian multi-purpose building constructed to house both the office of the Town Clerk and a small municipal auditorium for public events.

The auditorium of the town hall is known as the Hazel Green Opera House. The space has a raised stage framed by a proscenium arch and a backstage area, allowing the room to be used for theatrical productions. From the time the building opened until the 1920s, the auditorium was used for civic meetings, religious services, commencements, and traveling entertainment. A more unusual use of the space was as the town's jail. As needed, a collapsible cage was set up in the middle of the room.

Built in 1891 for just over $1500, the building is an example of "Boom Town" architecture. The "Boom Town" features a large false façade fronting a smaller gable fronted building. The larger front façade gives the building street prominence and a more urban appearance with its tall cornice supported by decorative brackets.

Almost no changes were made to the building until the 1960s when the interior was remodeled with paneled walls and dropped ceilings. These changes were reversed and the building restored to its original appearance in the 1980s.

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

Period of Significance:1900-19241875-1899
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Entertainment/Recreation
Area of Significance:Politics/Government
Applicable Criteria:Event
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Recreation And Culture: Theater
Historic Use:Recreation And Culture: Music Facility
Historic Use:Government: City Hall
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Hocking,William A.
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:01/26/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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